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19 April 2017

“Bodies Die, Countries Don't”: What the Venezuela Crisis Takes Away From Us

The Bridge

"Two years ago..there wasn't yet talk of people searching for food in the trash. Now, they not only look for it, but fight over it."

Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences

Global Voices Advocacy

"This is a ridiculous and oppressive order but I don't want any innocent people being targeted just because they follow my journalism," wrote former Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

18 April 2017

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

Rising Voices

The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.

Sri Lanka's Tragic and Totally Avoidable Disaster

Years ago, officials planned to decommission the Meethotamulla garbage dump and convert it into a “beautiful place.” But it never happened and now locals find themselves confronting their worst fears.

Kazakhstan's Great Alphabetical Distraction

Kazakhstan's veteran leader suddenly seems to think the country's long-planned transition to a Latin alphabet is very pressing indeed. The country's social media users want to know why.

In Turkey, There's No Room for Maybe Anymore

Erdogan got his way - by a whisker - and isn't in the mood to compromise. Neither is the opposition.

17 April 2017

‘Children Were Dying Everywhere': A Syrian Videographer Recounts the Al Rashideen Explosion That Killed Over 100

Abd Alkader Habak appears in a photo that was widely shared on social media in which he is running with an injured child in his arms. Here is what happened.

Ugandan Academic and Sanitary Pad Campaign Leader Faces Criminal Charges For ‘Computer Misuse’

Global Voices Advocacy

Nyanzi's story has become a rallying opportunity for Ugandans who oppose the Musveni government.

#SaveDinaAli: Activists Call for Release of Saudi Woman Forcibly Sent Back to the Kingdom

"If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be dead. Please help me, I am recording this video to help me and know that I am real and here."

Who Removed Thailand’s 1932 Revolution Plaque?

"Removal of the 1932 plaque is an ironic reminder that Thais may have ended absolute monarchy in 1932 but absolute dictatorship exists today," wrote a Twitter user.

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

16 April 2017

Chinese President's Ambitious Xiongan Dream Sparks Skepticism

"In Hebei, where people believe in the planned economy, how can they attract and embrace alternative [people] who go against the establishment?"

Lebanon's King of Comedy Is on a Global Mission to Make Everyone Laugh at the Same Joke. It's Working.

When Nemr About Nassar told his Arab dad he was going to become a comedian, his response was, "You want to become a clown?"

Kids Envision Hong Kong's Future: Underwater Housing, Pollution, Space Journey and Integrity

The theme of the poster competition was “When I’m 20.”

15 April 2017

The Other Face of the Mountain: Afghanistan's ‘Ski Challenge’

If you want to go backcountry skiing in Afghanistan, Bamyan is the place.

A Healthy Food Movement Is Gaining Momentum in Paraguay

In this first article we present a summary of the series "To eat better", which follows Paraguayans fighting for the right to adequate food and responsible use of land.

14 April 2017

Some South Africans Argue It's Not Just Their Country's Credit Rating That's Junk Status

They blasted the country's president, historical and present-day inequality, and the rating agencies themselves after S&P Global Ratings and Fitch downgraded South Africa.

Amidst Political Scandal and a Hate Crime Probe, Japan’s Old Rescript on Education Is Back

When a Japanese private school was caught making racist and nationalistic remarks, the ensuing scandal started a national conversation about the relevance of a pre-war imperial edict on education.

War Between Spain and the UK Over Gibraltar? Social Media Says No Way, José!

"Why would we want Gibraltar, if we can't already exit a roundabout driving on the right imagine us on the opposite side!!!"

Protests in Italy Save Hundreds of Ancient Trees on the Chopping Block for Gas Pipeline Construction

The olive trees are not only essential to many people's livelihoods, but also beloved by local residents.

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