Stories about Weblog from November, 2017
Scrutiny and Doubt Over Rape Victim's Testimony Sparks Outrage in Spain
"Not content with raping us, men also have to tell us how to behave before, during and after the rape."
After Authorities Evict Beijing's ‘Low-End’ Residents, Chinese Ask: Where Is the Humanity?
Just as rural migrant workers were forced out of their dwellings into the streets, Beijing’s temperature fell to below 0 degrees Celsius at night.
#DemocracyDefeated: How Indian Right-Wing Groups Stalled A Bollywood Period Drama
Scandal surrounding "Padmavati" film causes Indian BJP leader to call for the lead actor's beheading and draws attention to larger issues of freedom of expression in film.
Contrary to Social Media Claims, Serbia's President Has Not Named a Street After War Criminal Ratko Mladić
Social media users falsely blame Serbian President Vučić for renaming a street after the war criminal from the Bosnian War, using his footage from a 2007 radical party protest.
After 10 Years of Legal Battles, Mozambique's Only LGBT Organization Takes a Step Closer to Legal Recognition
" That ruling is an ode to equality, peace, and social harmony. Today I am very proud to be Mozambican."
As Syrian Government Trumpets Military Wins, Fear Continues to Grip Locals in Damascus
''They would search databases saved on their computers. If my name is found, I will be dispatched to one of the front lines.''
Hippos Mysteriously Die in Droves at a Namibian Natural Park
"Concerns have also been raised that the disease may have affected other animals in the park, particularly Crocodiles that are likely to have fed on any dead animals..."
What's in a Scarf? A Robot Restaurant in Bangladesh Serves up Controversy
"I was not surprised to see that the robot had to wear a scarf. Isn't that normal here?
Rice Fields and Carabaos: A Glimpse of Rural Life in the Philippines
Through photos he shared with Global Voices, veteran photographer Lito Ocampo captured not just the typical scenes in a lowland farming village but also the state of Philippine agriculture.
Journalists Face the Sharp End of Growing Violence and Insecurity in Afghanistan
Authorities are quick to hail the free press as an achievement, but slow to offer it protection.
An Affordable University Education Is at Risk in Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico
"The government and the university's administration have more than the necessary excuses to continue the privatization of the UPR and the access of education"
#SOSManus: Police Evict Asylum Seekers at Australia's Former Detention Camp in Manus Island
"You Destroyed Our Life, We lost everything Familys, Friends, even own Self Respect, We will Never Forget Your Treatment, We Realized we Are Not human Beings, World Forget About us"
Malaysian Authorities Blocked Websites Reporting on Massive Personal Data Theft Scandal
"I believe that you have a right to know about it, in a timely manner. Authorities can’t sit on the data for weeks without letting you know on any pretense."
Social Media Rumors Escalate Buddhist-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka
"Sri Lankans tend to digest media uncritically and unquestioningly. This will have to change in order to stop misinformation from spreading – and this can be done through spreading awareness."
The Young Musicians From “Symphony for Peru” Touched Souls at Madrid's Royal Theater
The organization, created by renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez to take music to disadvantaged youth, expanded its work to Spain, to show how they "sing, play, grow!"
Serbian Journalists Call on Citizens to Support a Media Freedom Campaign
Journalists and activists lead by the group ‘For Media Freedom’ took to the streets of five Serbian cities to pledge support from citizens for demands presented to the government.
Identity Theft Risk Prompts Estonia to Block the Certificates of 760,000 ID Cards
On November 4, 2017 the Estonian authorities disabled the certificates of more than 760,000 national electronic ID cards due to a security vulnerability that could have compromised cards issued between October 16, 2014 and October 26, 2017, and possibly even earlier. More so than most other countries, Estonia relies on...
How Chinese See the Fall of Their Country's Old Friend Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe
"When people wake up, all 'greatness' will vanish, the dictator will be relegated to the dustbin of history."
Glimpses of Hope as Dominica Rebuilds After Hurricane Maria
"You will see the drastic difference in how the landscape changed after the storm [...] I’m planning future timelapse films, to hopefully showcase the return of our lush, green landscapes."
Japanese Students Practice Taking Cover for Missiles Passing Overhead. But What About a Direct Attack?
Students took part in a drill in preparation for a missile attack. But there are no hints about what to do in the aftermath.
As Critiques of UN Peacekeeping Missions Grow, Africa Seeks Peace on its own Terms
UN troops on the ground have kept many countries in conflict from falling into total disarray. Yet, Africa seeks strategies to secure peace and stability on its own terms.