Stories about Youth from May, 2016
Hindu Religious Leader Tells Child Marriage Critics in Trinidad & Tobago to ‘Mind Your Own Damn Business’
"That’s exactly the sort of idea that, if you let bounce around in your head for a bit, leads to an aneurysm."
‘It's Not a Compliment’ Campaign in Guyana Uses Personal Stories to Fight Street Harassment
"I think respect for women is vital and it starts with everyday interactions."
‘I Do Not Want Any Children to Develop Cancer Like Me’, a Fukushima Resident Says
An independent filmmaker interviewed a young woman from Fukushima Prefecture, ground zero of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Russian Media and Internet Users Debate the Ethics of Reporting on Teenage Suicide
Russian censors have blocked dozens of communities on social network VKontakte after an ethically murky media investigation accused these communities of pressuring teenage users to take their own lives.
Bloggers Boggled Over Why Child Marriage Is Still on the Books in Trinidad & Tobago
"This is not just an issue of age and maturity, but once again, of power."
Creating a Space for Guinea's National Languages on the Internet
"We must not make anyone feel marginalised because they have little or no understanding of the French language."
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.
Chinese Demand Harsher Laws to Stop Bullying After a Teenager's Beating Death
"We can't clean out the weeds by pulling them out one by one. School bullying, teenage violence, all these uncivilized behaviors are rooted in society and family."
Argentina's ‘March of the Cap’, a Movement That Won't Stay Silent on Deadly Police Brutality
"We are the guys and girls from the 'hoods, dances, and football fields, from the jails all over the country. We are the workers who fight every day for dignity".
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"
Taking Back Japan, One History Textbook at a Time?
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?
Indonesians Light Candles and Seek Justice for Murdered Teenage Rape Victim
"We're all saddened by the tragic loss of Yuyun. Perpetrators must be arrested and receive maximum punishment. Women and children must be protected from violence."
Meet Japan's Biggest YouTube Star
Who is one of the most popular YouTube stars you have never heard of? Here's a hint: he lives in Japan.
‘Graffitours’ Capture a Colombian Community's Painful Past and Search for a Better Future
"We tell this story with great sadness, but we have to keep the memory alive. The memory must never be lost..."
For Trinidad & Tobago, the Olympics Gymnastics Furore Is About Perceived Corruption
Netizens weren't happy with one blogger's take, which seemed to brush aside concerns that there was something more sinister behind the last-minute replacement of the country's representative gymnast.
Why One Macedonian Man Is Breaking His Vow to Never Protest Again
Tome Stankovski was brutally arrested during protests last year and says he still suffers from the trauma of that experience. But he has now joined the Colorful Revolution.
Trinidad and Tobago Has Qualified for Gymnastics in the Olympics, So Why Aren't People Happier About It?
Hashtags. Online petitions. Lawyer's letters. None of these could save gymnast Thema Williams' dream to compete in the 2016 Olympics, but Trinidad and Tobago will still be represented in Rio.
Trinidad and Tobago Is Sending a Gymnast to the Olympics For The First Time, But It's Not Who You Think
Today's announcement by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee was the final nail in the coffin of gymnast Thema Williams' Olympic dream.