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23 May 2016

Global Voices Interviews Activists From ‘Defense of Democracy’ Committee Who Say Poland Is in Peril

The Committee for the Defense of Democracy accuses the Polish government of destroying the country's democratic foundations. So what now? Global Voices talks to three of the movement's figures.

20 May 2016

Brazilian Musicians Mount an Orchestra Against Brazil's Interim Government

Late German composer Carl Off's "Carmina Burana" was turned into a chant of "Fora Temer" (Temer Out), against Michel Temer's interim government.

Trinidad and Tobago Reconsiders Marriage Act After Push to Recognise Child Marriage as Abuse

Trinidad and Tobago is a society of contradictions: the legal age of sexual consent was recently raised from 16 to 18, even as another law on marriage differs significantly.

19 May 2016

Protests and Banners Await High-Ranking Chinese Official on Visit to Hong Kong

Despite this promise of care and love, Zhang Dejiang's visit has been accompanied by thousands of police officers, who vow to take "decisive action" against protesters.

18 May 2016

‘Enfants du Pays’ Project Remembers Victims of Burundi’s Crisis With Life Stories and Artwork

"Thank you #EnfantsDuPays for making sure Burundians do not die 'twice.'"

Filipino Farmers Hit by El Niño Are Protesting and Demanding Food Aid

"We can look for alternative crops to plant. But right now there is simply nothing – just hectares of dust that even weed won’t grow on."

17 May 2016

Protests and Looting Rock Venezuela as Public Chaos Spreads

With shortages rising and a political crisis brewing, many have voiced worries that Venezuela seems to be flirting with potential disaster.

A Group of Anti-Corruption Activists Was Attacked Today in Russia. Wanna Buy Some Plane Tickets?

RuNet Echo

News of an attack on activists is the leading news story across much of Russian social media today, and the travel company Aviasales decided to capitalize on the story.

Ugandans Are Finally Back on Social Media After Days-Long Blackout

Global Voices Advocacy

The Uganda Communications Commission ordered the sites blocked for "security reasons" ahead of President Yoweri Museveni's inauguration. Authorities also blocked access to social media during elections in February.

Prepare for Pushback If You Call Jamaica Violent (Even Though It Can Be)

"These pockets of violence [...] are not as insignificant as we think. We have not begun to uncover the various forms of violence [...] in our society. Violence is pervasive."

Beijing Police Really Want You to Know a Man Who Died in Custody Was Accused of Soliciting a Prostitute

As if that really matters. The troubling case has left some netizens believing that police are trying to cover up a young environmentalist's death after he was arrested.

16 May 2016

Cameroonian Rapper Valsero Launches a Scathing Musical Attack on President Biya's 33-Year Rule

"Look at these youths! All they dream of is to go far away / Look at these youths! They’ve lost the will to fight because it’s not worth it"

Russians Aren't Happy About Losing Eurovision, But They Weren't Happy Before, Either

RuNet Echo

Russia's narrow defeat this weekend in the 2016 Eurovision music contest wasn't the only tension in a competition full of lights, pyrotechnics, and nationalism.

The Government of Mozambique is “Spying on its Citizens”, According to @Verdade

Global Voices Advocacy

The order to intercept information was secured by military command between 2012-2014, and installed by the Chinese ZTE Corporation. Listening in on citizens is said to have begun in 2013.

15 May 2016

Taking Back Japan, One History Textbook at a Time?

The Bridge

By pushing for the omission of certain ideas from history textbooks, the current Japanese administration is promoting a revisionist view of the country's past. Will they succeed?

Ethiopian Blogger and Activist Sentenced to Five Years and Four Months

Global Voices Advocacy

Ethiopia's state prosecutor conflated digital security training with terrorism. A local judge agreed.

13 May 2016

Macedonia’s Government Is Subsidizing Bad Patriotic Rock Music and People Aren’t Happy

The selection of music involves categories such as "compositions that affirm the history of Macedonia" and "compositions that affirm family values and families with multiple children."

12 May 2016

Were Authorities Really Tricked Into Hosting a Cultural Revolution Throwback Concert? Chinese Are Skeptical.

"It is impossible for 56 Flowers to perform at the Great Hall of the People without prior approval from central authorities..."

11 May 2016

Social Media Blocked in Uganda Ahead of President Museveni's Inauguration

Global Voices Advocacy

"Darkness hovering over Uganda...VPN is the only way to go now"

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