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14 May 2016

Lower Castes in India Are Still Clearing Human Waste With Their Bare Hands, Despite Laws Against It

According to a recent report, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that it has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.

6 May 2016

Environmental Crisis Makes Protesters of Chilean Fisherman on Chiloé Island

The marine phenomenon known as a red tide has killed a wide range of sea species in Chiloé, costing many fishermen their livelihood. They blame the salmon industry.

5 May 2016

A New Dam in Portugal Is About to Destroy Parts of a World Heritage Wine Region

Opponents warn the dam will cause an ecological disaster, destroying rare ecosystems and farmlands important to the wine industry.

22 April 2016

A Little-Known Perspective on the Life of Homeless People in France—Their Own

"Why would a homeless person make a website? ...I will say that I am a computer programmer first and a homeless person second."

20 April 2016

Pakistan Deploys Tanks Against Military Farm Tenants Protesting Peasant Leaders’ Arrests

"Stop using anti-terror policies to quash the voices of peaceful and unarmed peasant protesters #PeasantsNotTerrorists #FreeOkara5"

3 April 2016

Dying to Escape India's Crumbling Infrastructure

India's infrastructural woes took another hit this past week, when tragedy struck West Bengal, where nearly 26 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in an overpass collapse.

30 March 2016

Still No Justice 10 Years After Bolivian Migrants Die in a Sweatshop Fire in Argentina

"Keeping the memory of the tragedy is a tool to fight for the future. We do not forget."

22 March 2016

Indian Migrant Worker Arrested in Saudi Arabia For Denouncing Working Conditions on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

"People a country where they are treated worse than dogs, for years in very bad conditions, that's the reality 'necessary' for us to fuel our tanks. Infuriating and depressing."

20 March 2016

Russian Journalists Create New Independent Trade Union

RuNet Echo

Russian journalists have founded a new independent trade union organization to boost professional solidarity and provide more support for reporters working in the country.

5 March 2016

India's Promise To Double Farmers’ Paltry Income May Be Too Little, Too Late

With compounding problems in the agriculture sector, one recommendation suggests that increasing productivity and focusing on small disadvantaged farmers are key to improving farmers’ standard of living in India.

1 March 2016

Latin America's Informal Recyclers Push for Recognition and Protection on International Waste Pickers’ Day

Recyclers make many contributions through their work, including creating jobs and reducing municipal spending on waste management

18 February 2016

Hungary’s Teachers Are Mad As Hell and They’re Not Taking It Anymore

Dissatisfaction with the declining state of Hungarian education has been brewing for years and has culminated in a protest by 30,000 people in Budapest.

15 February 2016

Abandoned Shoes Protest Calls Attention to Macedonia's Massive Emigration Problem

"The scene was sad. We only have short time to make things better, to keep our youth here. To make everybody understand: We deserve better."

9 February 2016

Classrooms Without Teachers Spread in Southern Venezuela

Although they love their profession, hundreds of teachers in Gran Sabana, Venezuela, have left their classrooms to find more affordable pay in other industries.

7 February 2016

Will Egyptian Doctors Vote in Favor of a Nationwide Strike Next Friday?

Egyptian doctors are threatening a nationwide strike if an investigation is not launched after colleagues in a teaching hospital were assaulted by policemen. Netizens back doctors in their demands.

26 January 2016

Local Media Coverage of Tunisia's Job Protests Under Criticism

Despite the protesters distancing themselves from vandalism and looting, the media has been focusing on them alone, instead of providing enough coverage of the protesters' demands.

24 January 2016

What You Need to Know About the Recent Job Protests in Tunisia

Five years later, Tunisians are back on the streets protesting for "jobs, freedom and dignity." Tunisian blogger Afef Abrougui tells us what happened.

21 January 2016

In Photos: Farmers Harvest Buckets of Glimmering Sea Salt in Myanmar

Many salt farmers in Myanmar are already migrating to other countries in search of better opportunities. This photo montage features salt farming along Myanmar's southeast coast.

11 January 2016

Zam Zam Cola, a Symbol of Happier Diplomatic Times Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Tensions rage between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi has ended diplomatic ties, and Iran has banned all Saudi imports. But where does this leave Iran's popular Zam Zam Cola?

3 December 2015

From Coyotes to Vultures: What Happens When Migrants Borrow

When migrants decide to go to the US for a better future, they often rely on lenders to afford the trip, but often they became unwilling partners with the coyotes.

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