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· October, 2016

Stories about War & Conflict from October, 2016

Timbuktu, Where There's ‘Justice for Monuments, but Not for Victims of Rape’

"In Mali, rape is a taboo subject. The victims’ lips are sealed by society’s gaze."

‘Stand with Standing Rock': Demonstrators in the US Rail Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

"Sometimes, you wake in 2016, but it feels like 1875 because Natives are still fighting for our land." --Sherman Alexie

A Syrian Refugee in the US Wants Americans to Understand Their Country's Vetting Process

The city of Boise, Idaho, is taking in a lot of Syrian refugees: 122 so far this year. Asmaa Albukaie, who arrived in November 2014, was the first.

Ethiopia's Regime Faces Precarious Times as Diaspora Plans for the Future

As protests gradually eat away at Ethiopia’s basic political and economic structures, the regime appears to be unsteady like never before.

‘The End of the World’: A Poet’s Journey from Syria to Algiers

Syrian-Palestinian poet Dima Yousef left Yarmouk, Syria, in 2015 for Algiers. This is her story.

After Rejecting the Peace Agreement, Colombia Seeks a New Path

"Who is going to go to the regions that voted for YES to explain to them what's the route to follow after the NO won in the national referendum?"

Farewell to Renen Raz, Beloved Anti-Colonial, Queer Israeli Activist

Renen Raz, an Israeli anti-colonial and queer activist, died this week. He's now being remembered for his passion for social justice in Israel-Palestine.

Sri Lankan Tourism: Booming Again, But Mostly for the Military

The Sri Lankan military is investing heavily in the tourism business. The armed forces have several hotels and resorts, many restaurants and cafes, and other tourist facilities.

Peace Activist Khurram Parvez's Illegal Detention in Kashmir Valley May Be Proof He's “Doing Something Right”

After his arrest on September 15, Parvez was charged under the Public Safety Act and sent to a prison facility nearly 300 kilometers from his family and legal counsel.

Indigenous, Student and Afro Communities in Colombia Are Not Taking ‘No’ for an Answer

Communities from the most affected areas in Colombia's armed conflict took the streets of the capital to protest against the results of the referendum and support the peace agreement.

Upcoming Book Celebrates Citizen Journalism in the Deserted Syrian City of Daraya

A small publishing house in Spain wants to launch a free book about one of Syria's best-known citizen journalist groups: “Enab Baladi.”

She Needs Justice: The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast

This week, we’ll introduce you to women seeking or achieving justice in Poland, Uruguay, Russia and Syria.

Former Guantanamo Prisoner Risks Death From Hunger Strike in Effort to Be Reunited With Family

"They have closed the doors on me and left me without any solution and this is the only path that I've found."

WhatsApp Reportedly Blocked in Yemen, Mobile Operator Cites ‘Technical Issues’

Censorship of online content has surged in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict opposing Houthi rebels and forces loyal to president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Hibernating Bears and Iced Bilateral Cooperation: the New US-Russian Relationship

Phony proverbs and escalated saber rattling are setting the tone for dangerous new tensions between Russia and the United States.

“With a Nobel, but Without Peace”

The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Colombia's President Santos for his efforts to end a five decades-long civil war, with Syria's widely celebrated White Helmets missing out.

The Story of an Argentine Torturer's Son

Luis testified against his father in the La Perla-Ribera mega trial for crimes against humanity committed during Argentina's dictatorship in the 1970s.

‘No’ to Peace in Colombia: Into the Deep Podcast

This week, we dig deep into why Colombians voted down a peace deal that would have brought an end to a war that has lasted for more than 50 years.

Netizen Report: Open Source Developers Endure Long Prison Sentences, And Worse

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

#FreeBassel: Missing for More Than a Year, Syrian Web Developer is Not Forgotten

October 3, 2016 marked the one-year anniversary since Syrian-Palestinian software engineer Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, disappeared from his prison cell in Syria.

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