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8 February 2017

Meet the ‘Jewish National Fund’ and Its Role in Israel and Palestine

To the wider public, the practices of the “Jewish National Fund” aren't well-known. But you can't understand Israel's colonization of Palestinian land without knowing the JNF.

Protesters Say Jordanian Law Encourages ‘Honour Killings’ and Must Be Changed

"There are women that are being killed without doing anything wrong, and people are using this law to justify the killing these women."

7 February 2017

‘Why Are We Still Doing This?': Iraq Shuts Down Internet to Prevent Exam Cheating—Again

Global Voices Advocacy

Internet outages to prevent exam cheating have now become common in Iraq.

‘Tambourine Army’ Gathers Recruits as Jamaicans’ Anger Over Child Sexual Abuse Grows

"I want a different kind of Jamaica for women and girls. And I hope the #TambourineArmy will create that different Jamaica that is needed."

5 February 2017

In Bangladesh, a New Online Platform to Ensure Parliamentary Accountability

"I went to the local MP's house to discuss about some issues in our neighborhood. It was 10 am and I was told that he still was asleep."

3 February 2017

After Waiting More Than a Year, Jordanian Journalist Appears Before UAE Court

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar is on trial in the UAE over 2014 Facebook posts deemed offensive to the Emirati state.

2 February 2017

Netizen Report: Egyptian NGOs Face Rampant Phishing Attacks, Researchers Say

Global Voices Advocacy

US border agents demand social media data from travelers, Venezuela arrests Bitcoin users attempting to get around currency devaluation, and Myanmar advocates push back on 'Big Brother' law.

Lebanon Forces Syrian Families to Decide Between Homelessness and Child Labor

Despite all the risks, many Syrian families see no choice, other than to flee their homeland for Lebanon and subject their children to labor abroad.

1 February 2017

How to Reintegrate the Afghan Boys Used as Sex Toys of Powerful Men?

The practice of 'Bacha Bazi' has been in the news a lot of late, but there is a shortage of political will to help victims.

Women Facing Violence in Ecuador Vow to Be ‘Silent No More’

In an interview with Global Voices, the co-creators of “Silent No More” explained how they were inspired by other movements in Latin America to rally women to speak up.

31 January 2017

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube

Global Voices Advocacy

The interview focuses on Algerian government accusations that foreign powers stoked protests against austerity measures in the country. Blogger Merzoug Touati is charged with "exchanging intelligence with a foreign power."

The Executive Order on Immigration Wants You To Think Gaining Legal Entry to the US Is Easy

The Bridge

In reality, it's damned hard.

30 January 2017

Protests, Deportations and Uncertainty: Iranians Ensnared by Trump's Immigration Ban

"My timeline is full of stories of people impacted by #Trump’s order. They are in shock & can’t believe it."

Myanmar Activists Say Junta-Era Defamation Law Must Go

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is not appropriate that a citizen who criticises someone more powerful should face legal action of this kind."

Journalists of Closed Hungarian Newspaper Népszabadság Score ‘Symbolic Posthumous Victory’ in Court

A Hungarian court has ruled that last October's sudden closure of the country's leading opposition daily, Népszabadság, was illegal.

29 January 2017

For Jordan's LGBT Community, the Law Books and Reality Send Different Messages

The Bridge

Same-sex relations were decriminalized in Jordan in 1951, but nearly 70 years later the country's LGBT citizens remain the targets of discrimination and mistreatment, with little protection from the law.

28 January 2017

Originally Sentenced to Death, a Blogger Goes Before Mauritania's Supreme Court

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2014, Ould Mkhaitir was arrested and convicted of "apostasy" over an opinion article in which he addressed Mauritania's discriminatory caste system.

United Colors of Persecution: The Struggle of Patagonia's Indigenous People against Benetton

The Bridge

Against a backdrop of legal complexities and state repression, a Mapuche community in Patagonia is fighting against the Italian textile giant Benetton to regain ownership of their ancestral lands.

The Jallikattu Protests in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu Are Not Merely About a Bullfight

"People finally have become bulls to reaffirm their self-respect, determination and identity."

27 January 2017

The Difficult Work of Building an Inclusive, Women-Led Coalition to Resist Trump

"If you want to know if you are going the right way follow women of color, brothers and sisters."

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