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· March, 2015

Stories from Quick Reads from March, 2015

Indigenous Activists Threatened and Attacked in El Cauca, Colombia

  19 March 2015

Several indigenous communities in Colombia continue to be victims of human rights violations and threats by paramilitary groups. Moreover, activists also report being attacked by public security forces and ESMAD, Colombia's mobile anti-riot squad, as exposed by Ama Pachamama in a Facebook post from March 11, 2015: […] A la fecha, se reportan...

Liberia77: Liberia's History Through Photos

  18 March 2015

“Imagine life without photos. No smiling faces. No family snapshots. No record of your past,” says Liberia77, a project that documents Liberia's history through photos: When Canadian brothers Jeff and Andrew Topham returned to the war torn West African country of their childhood to re-shoot their father’s photos for a...

Call for Urgent Climate Change Action After Cyclone Pam Devastates Vanuatu

  17 March 2015

Following the devastation of Pacific islands nation Vanuatu by Category 5 Cyclone Pam, John Englart (aka @Takvera) looks at links with climate change: Vanuatu has suffered its worst disaster on record with the impact of Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam, with the President of Vanuatu blaming climate change for extreme...

Watch Out for MozFest East Africa 2015

  15 March 2015

MozFestEA will take place from July 17th – 19th 2015, at Victoria University, Kampala, Uganda under the theme,“Building solutions for Africa's challenges, together on the web”: MozFest East Africa is an annual event that brings together educators, innovators, learners and makers from East Africa and beyond to share experiences and...

Bahraini Human Rights Defender Awaits Sentence

Nabeel Rajab is scheduled to be sentenced in a case brought against him by the Bahraini government on March 15, concerning comments about ISIS that he made on Twitter. Convicted of “denigrating an official body” in tweets likening Bahrain's security apparatus to an “incubator” for ISIS fighters, Rajab was initially sentenced to six...

Cleaning Up the Coastal Areas of Singapore

  13 March 2015

Since 1992, the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore has been organizing activities to remove garbage from the beaches and mangroves of Singapore. Every year, about 1,500 volunteers are joining the cleanup events that are able to collect 60,000 pieces of litter.

#Pyrawebs: Online Activism Against Metadata Retention Bill in Paraguay

  11 March 2015

The retention of metadata coming from the digital environment has special relevance in Latin America, where throughout history several dictatorships have spied and collected private data to implement a policy of terror. Paraguay is not an exception. Nowadays, Paraguay is a democracy, but the use of data recalls the dangers of...

Can Ugandan President Rule Guinea on a Loan for 10 Years?

  21 March 2015

Guinean born and Italian citizen Abdoulaye Bah asks Ugandan blogger Prudence Nyamishana if Uganda can give Guinea their president, Yoweri Museveni, for only 10 years: “You can have him for as long as you want.” I replied. This was a conversation I had with Abdoulaye Bah my 72-year-old friend from...

Can Artists Earn a Living in the Age of Social Media?

  19 March 2015

Not only can artists live off their work, but the Internet can actually be a lifeline for them in today's increasingly competitive marketplace. The blog RamGon looks into opportunities for painters in social media and, more importantly, into how the medium can help artists to publicize and market their work.  In...

Open Letter Asks UN Human Rights Council to Probe Abuses in Vietnam

  16 March 2015

An open letter signed by 27 groups and 163 individuals is asking the United Nations Human Rights Council to probe the human rights abuses committed by the Vietnamese government. The signatories are also demanding the removal of Vietnam's membership in the UN human rights body. We urge member states to...

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Real Goats. Real Stories. Bangladesh Delivers.

  11 March 2015

Read the full interview here at Scroll.in. Bangladesh has now a satirical Facebook page much like Pigeons of New York, which is itself a parody site of the famous Humans of New York project. Goats of Bangladesh is only about six months old, but it boasts of almost 10,000 followers. Sahil Bhalla of Scroll.in interviewed one of the...

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