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· January, 2015

Stories about Weblog from January, 2015

As a Drone Captures Global Voices at 10, a Few Thoughts from Cebu

I was blogging and tweeting frenetically, trying to capture the conversations in panels and halls, soaking up as much news and perspective as I could from friends around the world.

Iranian Women's Rights Advocate Mahdieh Golroo Released From Jail

Last October, a wave of acid attacks against women created a public uproar in Iran. When police failed to respond, protests and online campaigns against government inaction swept the nation.

Our Voices: Juan Tadeo in México

Our contributor in Mexico, Juan Tadeo, tells us how he became involved in Global Voices, what he likes to write about, and what he's learned of citizen journalism.

The Khabarovsk Airport Logo Is a Viral Sensation. It's Also a Flying Bear.

Given the excitement the logo has generated on the RuNet social media, it will probably bear the public relations fruit the airport had hoped for.

Trinidad & Tobago Journalist Marcia Henville's Murder Shocks the Nation

A popular journalist dies in a fire, but autopsy results confirm that she was murdered. Netizens want justice in what many assume to be a domestic violence case.

A Website Fine Rekindles a Controversy About the Use of Personal Data in Perú

A Peruvian website that publishes open data was closed down after being fined, rekindling a debate about the use of personal data in the country.

Citizens Refuse to See India's Garden City Reduced to Waste

Rather than trash the authorities' handling of Bangalore's garbage problem, residents are finding innovative ways in which to deal with the massive amounts of waste generated by the city.

Nepal's #SmashChairChallenge Pressures the Constituent Assembly to Draft the Constitution

By satirising the infamous incident in which Constituent Assembly members threw chairs in protest over a new national constitution, the Nepali blogosphere is having a smashing time on Twitter.

10 Ways Mexicans Can Reclaim Their Troubled Country, According to Denisse Dresser

Political analyst Denise Dresser gave a talk reflecting on ways to be a citizen in today's Mexico. The YouTube video has received thousands of views and sparked important conversations.

Yemen, a Country Without a President and Government

Yemen, often described as a “failed state”, has become a country without a president and a government. Even Yemenis living inside the country are perplexed by the latest dramatic developments.

Cape Town's Fancy Galada Sings to Heal Herself and Others

Fancy Galada grew up quickly, taking care of her younger siblings at age 10. And at times it was terrifying. She sings to help herself heal from those early experiences.

Thailand's Military-Appointed Legislature Impeaches Ousted Prime Minister

Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was impeached for implementing a rice pledging program which critics decried as anomalous and disastrous.

Another Day, Another Violent Police Crackdown Against Protesters in Brazil

Military police are accused of violently suppressing a protest against publication transportation fare hikes in Sao Paulo.

Once Again, Mexicans Will Have a Starring Role at the Oscars

Birdman and La Parka are movies with Mexican talent that are nominated at the Oscars. González Iñárritu y Lubezki are after the award, as well as Serra Argüello from Nicaragua.

Hong Kongers Should Have the Right To Be Forgotten, Says HK Privacy Commissioner

Commissioner Chiang argues that concerns about the policy infringing on freedom of expression are "overblown".

World Leaders’ Paris March Participation Provokes Wave of Criticism

Internet users responding to images of world leaders at the Paris march against terrorism earlier this month displayed what might be called a "consensus of mockery."

Israel's Arab Sector on Strike Over Alleged Police Brutality

The "unintentional" deaths of two men from the Bedouin city of Rahat has brought to the fore tensions over "the conduct of the police in confronting Arab citizens."

Saudi King Abdulla Dies at the Age of 90; Succeeded by Salman, 79

After weeks of speculation, Saudi Arabia today [January 23, 2015] announced the death of King Abdulla bin Abdulaziz, 90. He is now succeeded by his other brother Salman, 79.

The Secret Language of Turkey's LGBT Community

In Turkey, the LGBT community and others keep have created a secret language, or argot, called Lubunca to keep out prying ears.

Caribbean Perspectives on the Charlie Hebdo Free Speech vs. Intolerance Debate

Two Caribbean bloggers discuss religious fundamentalism in the context of the Charlie Hebdo attack and wonder if the tragedy can be used as an opportunity to change the idealogical narrative.

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