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· February, 2015

Stories about Protest from February, 2015

12 February 2015

5 Communities Sticking It to Fossil Fuel Companies—and Winning

From Chile's Maule coast to the Australian city of Marrickville, residents have been fighting to protect their communities from fossil fuel projects.

One Simple Infographic to Understand Political Repression in Thailand

Prachatai's infographic lists some of the ordinary activities the authorities have suppressed over the past nine months. The junta's paranoia runs deep.

11 February 2015

Iran, Beyond The Headlines

The Bridge

It's the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, and six years since the 2009 Green Movement. Mahsa Alimardani reflects on her last visit to Iran in 2010.

10 February 2015

Campaigning for a Free West Papua: Perspectives From an Exiled Activist

Global Voices interviews exiled activist Paul Inggamer about his views of his native West Papua and the campaign for independence against the existing Indonesian occupation.

Nepalese Are Finding the Humor in Their Country's Gas Shortage

Liquefied petroleum gas is the second most popular source of energy for cooking and heating in Nepal, but it's hard to come by these days, much to the consumers' frustration.

Spain's Alternative Political Parties Are Fluent in Internet

New political parties planning to run in Spain's next elections are taking full advantage of digital tools to reach voters. Headliner Podemos got its start thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.

Why Are So Many Environmental Activists Being Murdered?

In 2012, the globally reported murder rate approached three per week. Growing violence against environmental activists is leading to a search for solutions.

9 February 2015

#FreeSavchenko: Ukranian Pilot's Hunger Strike in Russian Prison Hits Ninth Week

International campaigns for the release of Nadiya Savchenko continue. Russian authorities don't seem to have plans to release her. Neither does Savchenko have plans to end her hunger strike.

8 February 2015

Roll Call to Never Forget the Missing Ayotzinapa Students

Tens of Thousands March Through Madrid's Streets for Change

"We dream, but we take our dreams very seriously," Pablo Iglesias, the Podemos party leader who organized the "Great March for Change", said over and over at the rally.

‘We Need to Be Careful Even of What We Think': Self-Censorship in Venezuela

AdvoxThe Bridge

"Since the start of the protests, I had been mapping online censorship and helping people use encrypted communication tools. When the police came, I got up, scared to the bone."

7 February 2015

Yemen's Political Limbo Continues with Al Houthi's ‘Unconstitutional’ Declaration

While there were celebratory fireworks after the declaration there were opposing demonstrations elsewhere. Yemen braces itself for yet another period of uncertainty.

6 February 2015

Pakistani Lawmaker Offers Dubious Bounty for Charlie Hebdo Owner

Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said he'll $200,000 to anyone who killed the magazine's owner and $100,000 to the Charlie Hebdo attackers' heirs. Some are calling it a dangerous PR stunt.

Macedonians Plan to Use Freedom of Information Act to Fight New Freelance Law

Some part-time and freelance workers were blocked from getting paid in January under the new tax and fee regulations. Protesters want to expose the government's bureaucratic inefficiency.

5 February 2015

Filipinos Ask ‘Where Is the President?’ After He Skips Arrival Honors for Slain Police

Forty-four policemen died in a special operation to capture the alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings. President Aquino attended a car event instead of the arrival honors.

Last-Minute Pleas Pour In to Stop Indonesia's Execution of Two Australian Drug Smugglers

"Nobody deserves the death penalty, no matter what crime has been committed. #IStandForMercy."

3 February 2015

The Macedonian Government Clamps Down on Filming Protests With Drones

Advox

Drone-made videos and photos were instrumental in demonstrating the size of a recent massive student protest, which has been called the largest student protest in Macedonia since independence.

Philippines Admits Homeless Families Were Taken to a Posh Resort During Pope Francis Visit

But the government insisted that the 'family camp' for homeless families merely coincided with the papal visit.

2 February 2015

Russian Opposition to Test Putin's Popularity Amid Financial Crisis

RuNet Echo

The Russian opposition has announced plans for a march that may gauge public support for an associated list of "anti-crisis" measures in light of recent economic and foreign policy developments.

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