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· November, 2014

Stories about Weblog from November, 2014

24 November 2014

‘Humour Is a Sharp Weapon Challenging an Authoritarian Regime’

Chinese political cartoonist Biantailajiao, who now lives in Japan after being labeled a traitor in mainland press, says dictators have no sense of humour.

23 November 2014

Greenpeace Activist Injured in Confrontation with Spanish Navy

Environmental activist suffers serious injuries after an armed assault by the Spanish Navy on a Greenpeace boat protesting oil exploration in Spain's Canary Islands.

22 November 2014

Opposition Representatives Propose “Freedom from Fear” Law in Serbia

Nineteen representatives of the Serbian National Assembly filed a proposal for a new law that would guarantee Serbian citizens freedom from fear. While freedom from fear is allegedly a right...

How the Tunisian Electoral Authority Robbed Me of the Right to Vote

The Bridge

On the eve of her country's presidential elections, one Tunisian expatriate suspects politics are at the root of at a rule-change by the electoral authority that prevents her from voting.

Over 2000 Macedonian Students Celebrated International Student Day in Protest

Over 2000 students went into the streets of Macedonian capital Skopje on November 17 to march against the decision of the government to impose external testing in the country's universities.

21 November 2014

Bahrain Will Stamp Out Popular Protests, but Not Support for ISIS

The cyber-crime unit which arrests bloggers and human rights activists did not arrest the publishers of videos such as those calling for support of ISIS and inciting sectarian violence

University Teacher Unpopular with Islamist Hardliners Is Killed in Bangladesh

Advox

Professor Shafiul Islam, a professor of sociology in Rajshahi University was attacked with a machete by unknown assailants outside his home in Rajshahi city on November 15. He died from his...

Burkina Faso Is Taking Steps Toward Democracy (and Africans Are Taking Note)

Since the ousting of President Blaise Compaoré, who held power for 27 years, ex-diplomat Michel Kafando was chosen by consensus to lead the transitional period until the next elections.

All Set for Global Voices Meetup in Beirut, Lebanon, on November 26

Our next Global Voices Meetup is scheduled for November 26 to take place in Beirut, Lebanon. Please join members of our GV community for this special gathering.

Murder of Beauty Queen and Her Sister Reminds Honduras of the Horror of Machismo Violence

After police announced they had found the women's bodies, Twitter users expressed their grief over the sad news.

20 November 2014

Kurds Blame Arab Refugees for Deadly Suicide Bombing in Capital Erbil

Some social media users are pointing the finger at South Kurdistan's influx of refugees after an unusual suicide car bombing killed five people on Wednesday.

How Many Animals Will Die in This Year’s Gadhimai Festival in Nepal?

Nepal's Gadhimai festival will welcome hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and about half a million of animals, whose gruesome fate increasingly concerns local and international rights activists.

19 November 2014

Western Media Is Obsessed With Kurdish Female Fighters Battling ISIS

Social networking sites are abuzz with pictures of female Peshmergas. However, there are dozens of examples which illustrate women fighters are not new, but have existed within Kurdish communities historically.

The New York Times Joins Clamor to Change US Policy Toward Cuba

The newspaper has called on President Obama to make a litany of changes to the country's foreign policy toward its Caribbean neighbor, including ending its embargo and resuming diplomatic relations.

Western Commentators Still Getting Turkey's Gezi Park Protests Wrong

The Bridge

Over a year after the Gezi Park protests rocked Turkey, some are still going to considerable effort to misunderstand them.

Recycling Workers Are Leading the Zero Waste Charge in Brazil

Recycling workers have spearheaded the launch of a national Zero Waste Alliance in Brazil, which seeks to have all materials of a product be reused, recycled or composted.

​Why an Open Letter Attacking China's Professors for ‘Blackening the Motherland’ Is So Worrisome

Some observers fear the letter, published in a local Chinese Communist Party newspaper, is a sign that a purge of free-thinking professors is coming.

18 November 2014

Ugandans Launch Hashtag Campaign Against Telecom Giant

Ugandans have grumbled for years about MTN's lousy service, but some Twitter users finally decided earlier this month to pool their influence and launch a consumer-rights hashtag campaign.

Japan's Appetite Is Pushing Bluefin Tuna to the Brink

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has placed bluefin tuna on its Red List of endangered species. Japan consumes about a quarter of the world's tuna catch.

At Home and Around the World, Supporters Demand Justice for Vietnamese Blogger Dang Xuan Dieu

Advox

A former inmate released from detention last month revealed that the activist blogger is being tortured in prison. Supporters in Vietnam and around the world are campaigning for his release.

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