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· April, 2017

Stories about Weblog from April, 2017

29 April 2017

Despite Some Ambivalence, the Expanded Jamaica Carnival of 2017 Was a Hit

Jamaica Carnival is still considered an import from Trinidad and Tobago, but that doesn't mean that Jamaicans haven't been embracing the festival and its economic benefits.

The Lonely Death of One of Ethiopia's Most Public Men

In Assefa’s death, one may find the sadness of exile, something which is both deeply personal and political.

“I'm Glad I'm From Tohoku” Trends on Twitter Following Japanese Politician's Cruel Words

A Japanese cabinet minister's insensitive remarks spurred a popular Twitter hashtag supporting Japan's northeastern Tohoku region, as well as the minister's resignation.

How Two Students in the US Turned Their Online Popularity Into Big Money for Famine Aid in Somalia

It began with a video of Liban Adam drinking a giant bowl of camel’s milk and ended in a one-month $80,000 fundraiser.

28 April 2017

The Last Time This Many People Went on Strike in Brazil It Was 1996

Protesters are taking a stand against a series of austerity reforms hastily pushed by Brazilian President Temer, who enjoys a substantial legislative majority and support from businesses, despite sinking popularity.

Rafael Braga Vieira: Symbol of Institutionalized Racism and Criminalized Poverty in Brazilian Justice

Braga was homeless and collecting recyclables to survive when he arrested the first time. But that was just the beginning of a darker saga.

Kashmiri Man Who Was Tied to an Indian Military Jeep as a Human Shield Says He Now Lives in Fear

"...I am afraid of going to a hospital. I’m afraid they will find me and kill me…I haven’t stepped outside my house in the last eight days."

High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment

Global Voices Advocacy

Under China's "stability control" measures, it is increasingly common for netizens who are critical of the government to be summoned or detained by police.

Indian Government Bans 22 Social Media Platforms in Kashmir including Facebook, WhatsApp

Global Voices Advocacy

"By presenting the other side to the Kashmir storyline, the locals once again were able to own....the highly complex and conflicted Kashmir narrative."

27 April 2017

Jailed Emirati Academic Endures Hunger Strike to Protest Ten-Year Jail Sentence

Global Voices Advocacy

"I have no choice but to go on hunger strike to restore my stolen freedom".

Three Ways the Russian Government Is Trying to Control the Internet

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

“The Internet was created as a special project by the CIA,” Vladimir Putin announced three years ago. Since then, Russian authorities’ faith in the Internet has declined even further.

Taiwan Tops Asia While Hong Kong Falls Four Places in Freedom of Press Index

Global Voices Advocacy

"A majority [of media workers in Hong Kong] have expressed an increasing pressure which results in deliberate self-censorship."

It’s a Small World After All: Into the Deep Podcast

Spend time with someone from a different country or who speaks a different language, and you'll soon realize you have more in common than you first thought.

26 April 2017

Romania's Anti-Corruption Protests and the Burden of Shame

The Bridge

Though shadowed by a sense of national shame, for a few days Romania was an inspirational place, as people took to the streets and acknowledged the widespread reality of corruption.

Some Hong Kongers Insist on Blaming the Woman, Not the Man, in Viral Fist Fight Over Going Dutch

Hours after the story broke, the restaurant owner clarified that the fight began because the woman wanted to split the bill, but the man did not.

How the United States Has Become a Problem for Indians

To learn more about the lives of Indians in Donald Trump's America, Global Voices spoke to two Indian young men about their aborted plans to study in the United States.

25 April 2017

Port of Spain Explores Spaces for Public Art After Controversial Crackdown

Might online support for a small Trinidadian artist be the spark that finally creates sustainable display spaces for public art in the capital city?

One Small Town's Referendum on Gold Mining Is a Big Victory for Citizen Participation in Macedonia

It was the first successful referendum since Macedonia gained independence 26 years ago.

‘Lalades,’ the Local Tulips That Signal Spring on Greece's Chios Island

The local Chios term for tulip, lalades, speaks to the flower's historical migration.

23 April 2017

How the Symbols of Indonesia’s Hardline Muslim Groups Reached the Pages of Marvel Comics

"This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken," according to a statement released by Marvel Comics.

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