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· August, 2016

Stories about Weblog from August, 2016

31 August 2016

Remembering Samad Behrangi, the Writer Who Inspired Countless Iranian Revolutionaries

Remembering Samad Behrangi on the 49th anniversary of his death. More than the author of dark children's novels, he wrote allegories that symbolized struggles of generations of Iranian revolutionaries.

Blue Skies, Fake Tourists and Maximum Security: China Prepares For a Flawless G20 Summit

Whether they like it or not, Hangzhou residents must comply with government efforts to present theirs as the best and safest city in the world.

30 August 2016

Journalist Jean Bigirimana Is Still Missing as Burundi's Political Crisis Continues

Global Voices Advocacy

The government's denial of Jean's detention has left his friends and colleagues fearful that authorities may be concealing information on his whereabouts or death.

There's Finally a Programming Language in Bengali Script, Thanks to ‘Potaka’

"We have been looking forward to a coding language in Bengali for a long time. Why should our higher learning and computer learning be in a foreign language?"

The Burkini Ban Is Only Skin Deep

The Bridge

By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.

29 August 2016

Death Penalty Still Looms for Mauritanian Blogger Who Spoke Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination

Global Voices Advocacy

"This sentence signifies a step backwards in terms of tolerance and shows just how much issues of cast, religion, slavery and therefore democracy are taboos in Mauritania."

Can Colombia's Best Ever Olympics Help to Heal Social Fractures?

"One more triumph was given to us by these worthy Colombians, representatives of the very mistreated afrodescendants in this racist and segregated Colombia."

Nigeria: Curbing the Tide of Ethnic Hate — Online and Off

The Bridge

Nigeria is the most active African country for political conversations on Twitter. That vibrant digital sphere, however, is fraught with hate speech.

The Summer Season Brings an Orchestra of Cicadas to Japan

There are more than 30 different species of cicada in Japan. Each one has its own distinctive call. How many can you recognize?

28 August 2016

On the Blossoming Pop Careers of Uganda's Security Hardmen

Both the new police grooves and the old army tunes are decidedly patriotic in tone.

The Refugee Olympic Team Showed They Have Plenty to Offer, in Spite of Tragic Stories

"It is this determination that they show against all odds. I love the athletes in this team as if they were my own children."

Oh, the Phrases You'll Hear on the Streets of Buenos Aires!

La Gente Anda Diciendo collects phrases overheard in Argentina's capital and turns them into Facebook posts, books and notepads.

27 August 2016

Lawsuit Over Facebook Post Raises Fears of Online Censorship in Bhutan

Global Voices Advocacy

The suit against Zam revolves a family that is fighting a property dispute against well-connected business man Ap Sonam Phuntsho, who is also father-in-law to the Chief Justice of Bhutan.

How Beijing’s Breach of ‘One Country Two Systems’ Gave Birth to the Hong Kong Independence Movement

"Their main method looks set to be trolling and rattling Beijing: identifying what makes the regime most paranoid, and piling it on."

An MIT Lesson in Failure Helps Deliver Fresh Milk to Millions in India

"This program is trying help push us to make sure we’re not just coming out and often looking at things very simplistically or paternally..."

In Nigeria, You Risk Arrest If Your Dog Has the Same Name as the President

"Anyone that is still in doubt about the political nature of this case should search his inner conscience closely."

26 August 2016

Daraya, Symbol of Non-Violent Revolution and Self-Determination, Falls to the Syrian Regime

The Bridge

"The people of Daraya paid a heavy price for their dream of freedom. For four years they defended their autonomy from the Assadist state, and kept going despite the siege."

Brazil’s Highest Mountain Is Reopening for Ecotourism Guided by the Yanomami People

Closed off to tourists since 2003, the trail to Brazil's highest mountain is set to reopen in 2018, managed by the indigenous peoples themselves.

25 August 2016

Africans Have a Laugh at Themselves Imagining ‘If Africa Was a School’

"Madagascar would be the kid no one invites to a party coz they live out of town."

What Monica Puig's Olympic Gold Medal Means for Puerto Ricans

"I think I united a nation."

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