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· March, 2016

Stories about Weblog from March, 2016

31 March 2016

Suspected of Buying Votes, Peru’s Presidential Frontrunner Gets to Stay in the Race

The Special Electorate Jury of Lima has dismissed a request to exclude from Peru's presidential race the most controversial candidate, Keiko Fujimori, leading to a national legitimacy crisis.

Thailand Stops Journalist From Attending World Press Freedom Day in Finland

"If junta thinks forbidding me to travel abroad would silence me then they're mistaken. I will continue to scrutinize and criticize them."

What's Happening in South African Politics? Just Follow the Hashtag

Learn about eight hashtags that help facilitate political debate and even organize protests in South Africa.

30 March 2016

Still No Justice 10 Years After Bolivian Migrants Die in a Sweatshop Fire in Argentina

"Keeping the memory of the tragedy is a tool to fight for the future. We do not forget."

With an Eye on China, Tibetans Vote for Their Government in Exile

The government chosen by the vote will govern a large community of Tibetans spread across several countries from its headquarters in McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh in northern India.

29 March 2016

Can Low-Income Housing in the US Be Energy Efficient and Affordable?

Residents of low-income housing need energy efficiency more than others, but are less likely to be able to afford it. How to escape the Catch-22?

Chinese Police Tear Families Apart Over Letter That Demanded President's Resignation

Global Voices Advocacy

An open letter urging China President Xi Jinping to resign has triggered a rash of political persecution against the family members of Chinese dissidents living abroad. Germany-based writer and Deutsche...

EgyptAir Hijacking Drama Ends; All Passengers Released

"We can finally celebrate the first Arab Muslim hijacker who is not declared a terrorist but a psychologically unstable person. :) #EgyptAir," tweets Patrick Baz.

Meet the Jamaican Entrepreneur Who Found a Way to Make ‘Going Green’ Fulfilling, Socially Responsible, and Even Profitable

How did one Jamaican entrepreneur help water-challenged families in Flint, Michigan? Jovan Evans proves that developing eco-friendly ideas can benefit both people and the planet, while being profitable.

Despite Claims of Tortured Baha'i Inmates, Iran Takes No Action

The Baha’i community is one of the most persecuted religious minorities in Iran. Their faith is not recognized by the Islamic Republic’s constitution, and the community's members face severe discrimination.

EgyptAir Plane on Route to Cairo Hijacked and Diverted to Cyprus

A lone hijacker has reportedly hijacked Egypt Air flight MS181, forcing the flight to be diverted to Larnaca Airport in Cyprus after claiming he was wearing an explosive belt.

How a Nazi Ghost Came to Haunt the Philippine Presidential Debate

After being accused of corruption in a televised debate, the Philippine vice president conjured the ghost of Nazi propaganda minister Goebbels.

27 March 2016

Blood Donors Crowd Lahore Hospitals Following Devastating Park Bombing on Easter Sunday

Following the attack, scores of citizens began coordinating efforts to donate blood and provide support to the families of the victims.

Online Campaign Tells Australia “Hands Off Timor's Oil” as Thousands March in Dili

Using the hashtags #medianlinenow and #HandsOffTimorsOil, the online campaign urges Australia to respect the maritime boundaries of Timor Leste.

26 March 2016

#JusticeForTonu Goes Viral After Bangladeshi College Student's Rape and Murder

"This issue runs deeper than one isolated incident. It's time we address it #JusticeForTonu."

This Easter, the Pardonometer Is Taking on an Old Tradition in Spain

Many Spanish judges think that the pardon is unjustified in a modern legal system, and should be fundamentally reformed, if not abolished altogether.

Donald Trump’s Anti-Refugee Style of Politics Comes to Hong Kong

Ahead of Hong Kong's legislative vote, politicians are fanning prejudice against asylum seekers in a campaign strategy that mimics, some say, Donald Trump's presidential run in the United States.

Your Guide to Understanding Brazil's Political Crisis

Brazil has gone into a freefall in the past three weeks, with events unfolding so quickly that spending so much as a moment offline risks missing out the latest news.

25 March 2016

The Days of Self-Contained Extremism are Over

The Bridge

"The more deaths in Turkey's Kurdish areas, the greater the chance of attacks in Ankara or Istanbul. As violence grows in the Middle East, the more vulnerable Europe's cities become."

China Shuts Down Communist Party News Site, Arrests 20 Over Call for Xi Jinping's Resignation

Global Voices Advocacy

Though the letter was only online for a few hours, it is viewed as a direct challenge to Xi Jinping's leadership from party insiders.

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