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· May, 2017

Stories about Weblog from May, 2017

31 May 2017

The Myth of the ‘Nice Canadian’

The Bridge

Is Canadians' reputation for niceness preventing Canada from really achieving true greatness as a country?

For Afro-Colombians, Police Racism Is a ‘Daily Reality’

"You put me between a rock and a hard place, and then you call me extremist?"

Mexico's Indigenous Peoples Select a Woman to Represent Their Resistance in Upcoming Presidential Election

"Let this country shake with the resistance, rebellion and dignity of all the peoples of Mexico."

Online Trolls Attack Critics of India's Aadhaar State ID System

Global Voices Advocacy

Critics of the Aadhaar biometric ID system are being criticized by state agencies and trolled by anonymous handles on Twitter.

30 May 2017

Police Threaten Maldivian Bloggers Abroad With Arrest Over Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

Four independent Maldivian bloggers and activists living overseas have been issued arrest warrants by police over the past week. Apparently, they were targeted because they promote secularism or secularists.

PHOTOS: More Than 70,000 Displaced by Clashes Between Philippine Troops and Suspected ISIS-Backed Group

Thousands of families have fled their homes in Marawi City to avoid getting caught in the crossfire.

Facebook ‘Mistakenly’ Censored Tiananmen Massacre Tribute

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook said the image “belittles, threatens or attacks a particular person, legal entity, nationality or group.” Following an uproar among Hong Kongers, the company apologised and approved the image.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Rebukes Student for Exalting Free Speech in Graduation Remarks

Global Voices Advocacy

Foreign ministry officials are using Yang's speech to prove a recycled conspiracy about overseas Chinese students being contaminated by Western ideology.

Macedonian Students’ Photo Project Reveals Scenes From WWI, Then and Now

A photo exhibit combines street scenes in the southern Macedonian town of Bitola during World War I and their situation today.

Old Names Dominate Nepal’s First Local Polls in 20 Years

Despite the slow counting and the continued dominance of big parties, some are cheering the victory of thousands of women candidates in Nepal's first local polls in 20 years.

Kazakhstan Is Preparing to Effectively Ban Political Opposition

The banning of independent candidates at presidential elections is yet another blow to hopes of a democratic future.

29 May 2017

A Jamaican Cultural Landmark Gets Some Much-Needed Tender Loving Care

"My first time putting foot inside the much touted #WardTheatre.... and immediately a sense of history dawned upon me..."

Lebanese Dancers See Growing Public Appreciation of Their Work

With the growing popularity of dance shows in Lebanon, dancers describe witnessing a sort of "bodily liberation" that is giving the art form a second chance.

28 May 2017

How Sri Lanka Is Coping With the Worst Flooding in a Decade

More than 100 were killed and over 400,000 people have been affected by a flooding and mudslide disaster. It's the country's worst flooding in a decade.

27 May 2017

On the 45th Anniversary of Okinawa's Return to Japan, People Protest US Presence

It's been 45 years since the United States returned Okinawa to Japan. But American bases still dominate the landscape, and the politics of the prefecture.

Plagiarism Scandal Involving the Minister of Science and Education Still Stirs Croatia

A group of academics, supported by over 11 thousand signatories of an online petition, keep demanding the removal of plagiarists from high-ranking public office in Croatia.

When Journalists Are Attacked, Macedonian Authorities Are Dangerously Slow to Act

Global Voices Advocacy

Some media workers who were targeted during mob violence at Macedonia's parliament in April haven't filed reports with police because they don't believe anything will come of them.

In the Age of Trump, Fewer Lenders in the US Want to Provide This Med Student With Student Loans

Just 160 out of 11,300 applicants were accepted to Loyola’s medical school. But that’s not the only hurdle for undocumented students who get a coveted spot.

26 May 2017

Egypt Ups Systematic Efforts to Silence Independent Media

Global Voices Advocacy

In an environment of persistent conflict, free and independent media that cover events in the public interest — not in the interests of politicians — is more important than ever.

Aussie Tennis Icon's Star Fades Over Opposition to Marriage Equality

Australian tennis great Margaret Court is at the center of an angry tweetstorm after refusing to fly with Qantas airlines because of its support for same-sex marriage.

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