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· May, 2014

Stories about Weblog from May, 2014

25 May 2014

Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif Will Attend Narendra Modi’s Swearing-In

India's new Prime Minister Modi invited all member nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in a strategic move some speculated lets him dive head-first into diplomacy.

Kerala Didn't Hop on the Narendra Modi Bandwagon in India's Elections

Not one of the southern state's 20 elected representatives to the Indian Parliament belongs to Modi's party.

Mauritania and the Presidential Elections

Presidential elections are planned for June 21 in Mauritania. Many opposition groups have already said they would boycott the elections, whose results are evident even before votes are cast.

Syrian Dark Humor and the Elections

It is no surprise to see Bashar al-Assad nominate himself for the Syrian presidency in the upcoming elections on June 3. Syria Untold checks out what cartoonists have to say.

Against All Odds, Yemen Is Happy Too!

The cover video of Pharrell William's viral song Happy was generated with a Yemeni twist, showing the creativity and talent of Young Yemenis as well as their sense of humor.

24 May 2014

Montevideo Debuts on the Marathon Circuit

With nearly 2,000 athletes participating the first marathon organized in the Uruguayan capital was held on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

PHOTOS: Hundreds Join Anti-Coup Protests in Thailand

Hundreds joined the 'Stop the Coup' gathering to challenge the military rule in Thailand. Anti-coup sentiments are also growing online.

23 May 2014

These Egyptians Say No to Mandatory Military Service

On May 15, a group of Egyptian young men and women started an online campaign against military service. Find out why.

Why the Press Needs Protection in Trinidad & Tobago

An investigative journalist testifies that his life was threatened. One Trinidad and Tobago-based blogger discusses how this troubling development challenges citizens' social contract with their democracy.

Intrigue and Drama as Malawians Await Election Results

After it became clear that she was losing, incumbent President Dr. Joyce Banda accused the opposition of tampering with the election. Meanwhile, a local politician who lost was found dead.

Australia's Deal to Resettle Refugees in Cambodia Faces Opposition

The likely deal between Australia and Cambodia to resettle asylum seekers has met with lots of criticism.

22 May 2014

Were Jamaican Professor's Statements Supportive of Anti-Homosexuality Laws?

Esteemed medical professor Brendan Bain was sacked from the University of the West Indies over court testimony in which he suggested that homosexuality can be a danger to public health.

Yoani Sánchez's New Online Magazine is Blocked in Cuba

When residents of Cuba look for the URL www.14ymedio.com, they are redirected to a site that says "Yoani$landia.com."

The First Five Hours of Thailand’s 12th Coup

For the 12th time in the past century, the Royal Thai Army has launched another coup in Thailand in a bid to end violence and political conflict in the country.

Cameroon's President Blames Boko Haram for Attacking While Soldiers Are Asleep

On the eve of the Paris summit for security in Nigeria, the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram crossed over into Cameroon despite the heavy presence of security forces.

Property Prices a Source of Sticker Shock for Expats in Hong Kong

Expats flock to the city for the high quality of life and abundant work opportunities, but many say rental property prices are too expensive for the average worker.

We’re Excited About Our New Design—Hope You Are Too

If you're reading this on the Global Voices web site, you probably find things look a little different. We're thrilled to unveil the new, improved Global Voices site.

‘Mafalda’ Cartoonist Quino Awarded Prince of Asturias Prize in Spain

The well-known 81-year-old Argentinian cartoonist is the man behind the idealistic yet pessimistic little girl Mafalda.

Free Speech Curtailed as Thailand Declares Martial Law

After controlling the newsroom of 14 TV stations, the Thai army has closed down 2,000 radio stations across the country. Army insists martial law is not a coup.

Can Technology Transform Education in Trinidad & Tobago?

Trinidad and Tobago recently hosted Virtual Educa, an initiative designed to explore cutting-edge developments in education, technology and e-learning. A few netizens wonder if technology will actually help improve schooling.

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