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· June, 2014

Stories about Weblog from June, 2014

25 June 2014

This Film Is About the Remarkable Friendship Between a Buddhist and Muslim in Myanmar. So Why All the Hate?

A human rights festival in Myanmar cancelled a screening of the documentary "The Open Sky" after receiving threats on social media accusing the film of being a Muslim conspiracy.

This Street in Bangladesh Has a Colorful World Cup Celebration to Rival Brazil

Bangladesh didn't qualify to play in the tournament, but the country's football fans have caught World Cup fever nonetheless.

24 June 2014

Informal WiFi Networks Have Been Dismantled in Havana

The networks are primarily used to play games, share TV shows, series, and movies.

The Debate on Internet Access in Cuba Intensifies

Cubans are increasingly asking for cheaper and broader access to the Internet.

Thai Coup Leads to Exodus of More Than 180,000 Cambodian Migrant Workers

Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians are streaming over the border to escape a rumored crackdown on illegal migrants, only to be greeted by poor conditions and uncertainty.

23 June 2014

Global Voices Members Win Knight News Challenge Awards To Strengthen the Internet

Two Global Voices members emerge as winners in the 2014 Knight News Challenge competition, results of which were announced today.

People in Hong Kong Have a Legitimate Reason to Freak Out When Facebook Is Down

Denial-of-service attacks in Hong Kong have recently targeted an online referendum on democratic reform and a media outlet critical of Beijing. Some suspect mainland China are behind the attacks.

Australian Shock and Outrage at Egyptian Sentencing of Al Jazeera Journalists

Journalists have led the way on social media in expressing Australians' shock over the prison sentences for the Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

Hundreds of Thousands of Hong Kongers Are Defying China and Demanding the Right to Nominate Their Next Leader

A total of 700,000 people have already voted in an unofficial referendum on democratic electoral reform, despite condemnation from China and massive DDoS attacks against the website.

5 Places in Brazil Where People Were Protesting, Not Cheering During the World Cup Kick-Off

Not everyone in Brazil was excited to see the World Cup. Groups around the country staged protests against the money spent on the tournament instead of on the people.

22 June 2014

Student Faces Criminal Charges for Disrupting Philippine President's Speech on Independence Day

A student leader in the Philippines was detained and subsequently charged with two criminal cases for disrupting the Independence Day speech of the President.

21 June 2014

ISIS Advances in Iraq Echoed in Bahrain

Bahrain government spokesman Sameera Rajab takes to Twitter to describe the ISIS advances in Iraq as a "revolution against the injustice and oppression."

Peru Watches the World Cup from Afar… Again

Peruvians love football, but they must make do with cheering for other teams this year. The country's national team hasn't qualified for a World Cup in 32 years.

Why Some People in Mexico Are Happy to See Michoacán’s Governor Resign

The Governor of Michoacan, a Mexican state besieged by violence, announced he will retire for health reasons.

Do You Suffer From Device Upgrade Fever? These People May Have Found A Cure

The Bridge

Inspired by the tinkerers and fixers of the developing world, Janet Gunter and Ugo Vallauri's project seeks to help the world by helping people give their electronics longer lives.

The United States’ Gender Pay Gap Through the Lens of Social Media

"A society that undervalues half its population is bound to underachieve."

Syrian Man Turns Artillery into Art

Douma, Syria-based artist Akram Abu al-Fawz turns missile and rocket shells into art objects and ornaments.

20 June 2014

Beyond the World Cup Headlines: Protests in Brazil, a Jailed Writer in Cameroon and Foul Play From Fans

You have to know more than just football to understand the World Cup. Deji Olukotun gives a play-by-play of the important free expression and human rights issues.

Why Some Cameroonians Protested the Visit of This Cote d'Ivoire ‘Warlord’

National Assembly President Guillaume Soro, who led the rebellion against Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo that sparked civil war in Cote d’Ivoire, was greeted as a unwelcome "rebel."

The Darker, More Violent World Cup Kick-Off in São Paulo That You Didn't See

Just before Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull performed in São Paulo's Arena Corinthians, dozens of protesters and journalists were injured in a heavy-handed crackdown against anti-World Cup demonstrations.

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