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· February, 2016

Stories about Weblog from February, 2016

29 February 2016

Can Goodwill Gestures Help End Burundi's Political Crisis?

Two blocked radios are permitted back on the air, arrest warrants were lifted and some prisoners to be freed -- yet many remain unconvinced about the government's good intentions.

Body-Policing and Identity Politics Bog Down Trinidad Gymnasts’ Olympic Dreams

"So many countries celebrate an athlete's body. In my country, a female athlete could be shamed and disciplined for showing hers."

Macedonians Protest to ‘Defend the Constitution from the Constitutional Court Justices’

"Apparently it's perfectly legal to do election fraud, and whatever crimes you commit as long as the court approves it"

Colombia Edges Closer to Signing Peace Agreement

The final and hopefully definitive phase of a peace process is underway and the Colombian government is preparing for post-conflict reconciliation with its new plan “Peace for Colombia.”

Macedonian Court Rejects Appeal by Activist Sentenced for Defaming Pro-Government TV Host

Five years after the case first began, Macedonia's judiciary has finally rejected an appeal by an activist convicted defaming a pro-government television show host.

Belgrade Mayor Stands By Police Chief Who Interfered in Journalists’ Work

Belgrade Mayor Siniša Mali has refused to comply with the request of Serbia's Ombudsman to fire the chief of the Communal Police, who interfered with the work of journalists.

28 February 2016

Saudi Arabia Sentences Twitter User to 10 Years in Prison and 2,000 Lashes for Apostasy

Global Voices Advocacy

Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Twitter user to 10 years in prison in addition to 2,000 lashes for publishing 600 tweets "which spread atheism" online.

Is Japan Having Sex?

How much sex are Japanese people having, anyway, and could having more sex help Japan improve its declining birth rate?

Sexual Violence a Crime Against Humanity, Guatemalan Court Rules in Historic Verdict

In a historic ruling, a Guatemala court sentences former military men for murder, rape and enslavement of indigenous women, categorizing the offenses as crimes against humanity.

Climate Change Is All Too Real in Kenya, Where Drought and Famine Affect Millions

"Kenya has been forced to redefine water as a scarce commodity rather than a basic need. What scares the most out of and me...is our inability to solve the situation."

‘Little Teresa’ Helps São Paulo Women Fight Drought and Male Domination—With Rain Barrels

Brazil's largest city is coming out of a drought, but its impact wasn't all bad. One woman saw it as an opportunity to empower women and bring her community together.

The Malaysian Insider News Website Blocked by Authorities for Posting ‘Unverified’ Report on Government Corruption

Global Voices Advocacy

"Such unilateral action could also be construed as an attempt to intimidate the media against running critical news reports."

27 February 2016

Disenfranchised Hongkongers Flood Their Chief Executive's Facebook Page with New ‘Angry’ Emoji

Hongkongers are making their feelings about the head of their government known, thanks to the launch of Facebook's new "Reactions" feature, which gives them the freedom to express their disapproval.

Can Mountains of Animal Bones Boost Food Security in Ethiopia?

By turning a wasted resource into fertilizer, researchers aim to help a hungry nation replenish depleted soils

Young Women in Kosovo Are Writing Code to Fight Harassment

Developers of a new app, Walk Freely, hope it will help solve Kosovo’s sexual harassment problem.

Efforts Continue to Free Indigenous Activist and Ex-Director of Community Police in Mexico

Thirty months after Nestora Salgado's arrest, efforts to free her continue. The charges against her haven't been dropped even though international bodies have recognized her detention is illegal and arbitrary.

26 February 2016

Jamaica Peacefully Chooses a New Government. Young Activists Take a Bow

Close to 35,000 voters joined the electoral list for the first time. Could the youth vote -- and online activism -- have been the deciding factors in Jamaica's general election?

Anti-Aviation Protests in France and the UK Mark a New Wave of Climate Disobedience

"When the political system is so fundamentally flawed that it is unresponsive to an issue of colossal international importance...then every citizen has a responsibility to act. "

The Fight Continues to Free Detained Central American High Schoolers in the US

"Children who are doing the right things, who are in school, who are living at home with their parents, are not a priority in my opinion."

Why It's Essential To Grow Indian-Language Wikipedias

The Bridge

With over 196 Indian languages on the verge of extinction, Wikipedia in Indian languages could potentially preserve and revive many languages.

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