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19 July 2017

Is the Legalisation of Marijuana in Trinidad & Tobago an ‘Idea Whose Time Has Come'?

"The only ones benefiting from keeping marijuana illegal are the drug gangs and they will be forced out of business by legitimate dealers..."

China's Xinjiang Residents Are Being Forced to Install Surveillance Apps on Mobile Phones

Global Voices Advocacy

Local netizens reported that police officers at check points are randomly searching residents' devices to see if they have installed the surveillance app.

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Global Voices Advocacy

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

Mexican-American Researchers Reclaim Heritage to Radically Change the Way We Eat

"Decolonizing our diets is a political stance, one that rejects white supremacy and Eurocentrism as the organizing narrative of “healthy” food and recognizes cultural knowledge held by our immigrant communities."

In Bangladesh, Fear Drives Headline-Making Spate of Snake Killings

"The mainstream media is spreading the news with enthusiasm. This is leading to more people being interested in killing these animals."

18 July 2017

In State of Emergency, Turkey Jails Six Human Rights Defenders Pending Trial

Global Voices Advocacy

"The accusations of aiding an armed terrorist organisation against them are groundless. Workshops of this kind are common, essential education for human rights organisations."

What Will it Take to End Child Marriages in Afghanistan?

The Bridge

Practices such as “baad” and “baadal” were prohibited under a 2009 law, but continue unhindered in the country today.

17 July 2017

The Venezuelan People's Vote of Rebellion

"Wherever we may be, Venezuelans just want to vote. Even when we have to organize the elections ourselves. To vote and vote, even if the government denies us the right."

Bangladesh's ICT Act Paved the Way for Hundreds of Lawsuits Over Online Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

There are currently 319 cases being heard in the courts under Bangladesh's notoriously broad ICT Act. Many of them involve lawsuits against journalists.

An Indian Woman's Eco-Friendly Venture Creates Paper Gifts That Grow Into Plants

"Just think about it, the packets that end up on a street corner or in a dump grow into a plant."

Censorship After Death: Chinese Netizens Quietly Mourn Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Global Voices Advocacy

"After [Liu Xiaobo's] death, any mention of his name in English and Chinese is enough to get messages blocked."

16 July 2017

Pop Band's Music Video Parodies Junta Rule in Thailand

The video, which is still available on YouTube, immediately went viral.

Jamaican Dancehall Star's Instagram ‘Diss’ of Cultural Icon Sparks War of Words

"I feel like this discussion sparked by Ishawna's comment will morph into what aspects of culture/history we should/shouldn't celebrate."

15 Movies That Speak to the Complex Relationship Between Taiwan and Japan

Only since the late 1980s have filmmakers begun to examine the two countries' history, from colonial rule and World War II to present day.

15 July 2017

Inspired by Ukraine, Venezuelan Protesters Create Shields With Their Own Symbols

The resistance in Venezuela creates shields with images that do much more than protect from tear gas bombs and National Guard attacks.

Netizen Report: Colombian Court Demands Password to Journalist’s Facebook Account

Global Voices Advocacy

Mobile internet goes down again in Kashmir, Turkish human rights advocates are detained with no charges, and a Philippine Senator pushes anti-fake news bill.

14 July 2017

Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics

Global Voices Advocacy

In the face of government repression, Afan Oromo musicians have risen as a visible -- and audible -- source of inspiration for the opposition movement.

After Media Revelations, Jamaicans Ask Why Their Finance Minister Cannot Manage His Phone Bill

"@AudleyShaw not a good recommendation for your Ministerial position if you cannot manage the economics of a phone."

Papua New Guinea Court Issues Gag Order Against Blogger Critical of Electoral Commissioner

Global Voices Advocacy

"Dear all, Since I have been restrained by the courts I will be tweeting this image daily until such time I am allowed to tweet freely."

The Unusual, Sometimes Mysterious Bookmarks Found in Used Books in Japan

"This handmade bookmark in my second-hand book is so cool."

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