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· December, 2014

Stories about Weblog from December, 2014

31 December 2014

Take a Look Back at Global Voices’ Headlines From 2014

Our contributors worldwide worked hard to cover the important stories missed or misreported by mainstream media in 2014. Let's catch up on some of the headlines.

As Elections Approach, Zambia Sees Rising Social Media Hate Speech, Ethnic Tension

"This electoral campaign period has brought out some sad realities about us as people."

From #ReclaimYourMosques to #ReclaimPakistan, Pakistanis Call for an End to Extremism

Horrified by the attack on a Peshawar school by Taliban militants, who killed more than 130 students, Pakistanis are protesting for an end to violent radicalism.

Traditional Iñupiaq Story Comes To Life Through Video Game

Rising Voices

A traditional Native Alaskan story called "Kunuuksaayuka" has become a video game thanks to a collaborative initiative that seeks to preserve their culture and language.

30 December 2014

Indians Plead for #NetNeutrality as Airtel Raises Data Charges

Global Voices Advocacy

Although plans are now on hold due to regulatory restrictions, advocates worry that the company may yet find a way impose the fee increase.

Macedonians ‘Hug’ Skopje Shopping Centre to Protect It From Baroque-isation

The Skopje 2014 project is a controversial and costly initiative that aims to give the city's buildings makeover in the neoclassical or baroque style.

Thailand’s 12 Tumultuous Months in 2014

Thailand in 2014: Street protests, martial law regime, media and web censorship, and the rise to power of a junta-backed government. Will 2015 bring change?

Can Women Be Sexy and Hold Public Office in Jamaica?

Lisa Hanna, Jamaica's minister of youth and culture, has faced criticism for posting a photo of herself in a swimsuit and T-shirt on Instagram.

Peruvian Theaters Mourns the Loss of Playwright Sara Joffré

"Sara Joffré, playwright, director, an example of work and creativity, has died. She did a lot, enthusiastically and well."

Can Trinidad & Tobago's Government Win Political Goodwill from Christmas?

As Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar traveled the country for her "Holiday Toy Drive", some netizens were concerned about her spending in light of a precarious economic future.

Chinese Authorities Weren't Feeling the Christmas Spirit This Year

For many young Chinese, Christmas is simply a lighthearted diversion that has little to do with religious faith, but authorities see the Western festival as a threat.

29 December 2014

A 17-Year-Old Rape Victim's Demand for Justice Gains Momentum in Nepal

Puja Bohara's open letter to Nepal's law minister has resonated with many in the mountainous country, where rape and other kinds of violence against women are prevalent.

Post-Umbrella Revolution's Politics Reflected in the Newly Launched Stand News

Global Voices Advocacy

With tensions still sky-high in Hong Kong, the newly-formed Stand News may seek to chart new political and journalistic territory.

Pro-Democracy News Site's Relaunch After Umbrella Revolution Raises Eyebrows in Hong Kong

Global Voices Advocacy

House News' founder shut down the site in July, saying he was 'terrified' of political pressure from Hong Kong and Beijing authorities. He's now rebranded the site as Stand News.

The Christmas When the French City of Angoulême Built Cages Against Its Homeless People

The holiday spirit in the French city of Angoulême this year meant taking measures against homeless people. The outrage was swift, but will it last?

28 December 2014

Air Asia Plane Carrying 162 People from Indonesia to Singapore Reported Missing

Indonesian authorities are focusing on the Bangka Belitung islands off the east coast of South Sumatra to find the missing plane.

Despite Appearances, 3 Reasons for Madagascar, Algeria and France to Be Cheerful in 2015

It seems that things have not been ideal in Algeria, France and Madagascar, yet the Happy Planet Index ranked them quite high on their happiness list.

27 December 2014

Medellín's Casa Tres Patios, a Space Where Modern Art Can Flourish

Global Voices visited an art project called Casa Tres Patios in Medellin, Colombia, and chatted with director Tony Evanko about the project and the art scene in the city.

More Than 120,000 Evacuated as Malaysia Hit by Worst Flooding in Decades

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Malaysia's eastern states. Netizens used social media to monitor impact of the flood disaster and to coordinate relief efforts.

Go Inside Salegy, the Music That Dominates Madagascar

Salegy has been one of Madagascar's most popular dance music genres since the mid-20th century. These days, young stars are dialing back the guitar work and cranking up the tempo.

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