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· January, 2015

Stories about Weblog from January, 2015

22 January 2015

A Musical Feast: Puerto Rico Indie's List of the Best 14 Albums of 2014

Although 2014 ended almost one month ago, it is never too late to enjoy the blog Puerto Rico Indie's service to curious ears.

Myanmar's Nationalist Monk Attacks UN Envoy in His Speech

The Buddhist nationalist monk is not happy over the UN rapporteur's statement concerning the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

21 January 2015

The Leading Cause of Death in Developing Countries Might Surprise You

Is it malnutrition and undernutrition? Malaria? Nope. It’s time to pay attention to a startling stealth killer in developing countries around the world.

Hong Kong Police Make Appointments With Occupy Central Activists For Their Arrests

Netizens are not sure what to make of Hong Kong police officers calling Occupy Central Movement protesters - ostensibly as a courtesy - to inform them of their pending arrests.

20 January 2015

Indonesia's Pick for Top Cop is a Suspect in a Bribery Scandal

The police chief nominee also made suspicious bank transactions as a police officer, according to the country's anti-corruption agency. Many Indonesians think this makes Budi Gunawan unfit for the job.

One Month on, Pakistanis Pledge to ‪#‎NeverForget ‪the Horrific Peshawar School Massacre

Campaigners urged overseas Pakistanis to join “not just by sending funds, but by going to Pakistani embassies wherever they live” to send a strong message to the government.

Activists Urge Pope Francis to Drop Fossil Fuel Investments During Philippines Visit

In Tacloban, during an organized luncheon with victims from Typhoon Haiyan, the pope was hand delivered a letter including a call for the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels.

19 January 2015

How Muslim and Christian Women in Nigeria Banded Together to Fight Violent Extremism

Pastor Esther Ibanga and local Muslim religious leader Khadija Hawaja founded Women Without Walls a few years ago in a bid to return safety and security to their communities.

18 January 2015

Asian Cup 2015: Iran Advances After Win Against Qatar

Iran booked its passage to the next round after beating Qatar.

Reports of Forced Religious Conversions Grab Headlines in India

On Christmas day, 59 Christians in Kerala reportedly were "converted" to Hinduism by two Hindu nationalist organizations with ties to the leading BJP party. What happened to religious tolerance?

17 January 2015

Outrage in Colombia over ‘Little Miss Thong’ Child Beauty Pageant

In a controversial Colombian beauty pageant known as "Little Miss Thong," participants, sponsored by the local city hall, are bikini-wearing girls as young a six-years-old.

‘I Am Shuhrat': Tajiks Come to Jailed Lawyer's Defence on Facebook

Advox

Shuhrat Qudratov, a Tajik lawyer with a reputation for defending politically endangered clients, has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges many citizens feel are bogus.

How the Philippines Hid Social Injustice From Pope Francis

Activists, street children, and urban poor residents were some of those who were "hidden" by authorities during the state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

16 January 2015

Civil Liberties vs. Terrorism: What Are We Willing to Give Up?

Advox

European Union Interior Ministers are considering measures to combat terrorism in the region, which many have branded as draconian.

This Newspaper's Headlines Have Become Too Much for Many Readers in Venezuela

Últimas Noticas' January 12 front page mobilized Twitter users this week, when readers decided the newspaper's political bias has gone too far.

Why Hasn't the Baga Massacre Made as Many Headlines as the Charlie Hebdo Attack?

The Bridge

Is it because of Western media's skewed news priorities? The Nigerian government's own tight-lipped response? Local Nigerian media's ineptitude? The answer is all three, argues Nwachukwu Egbunike.

A 16-Year-Old's Death Is Forcing Ethiopia to Confront Its Sexual Violence Problem

Hanna Lalango was 16 years old when she was kidnapped while riding home from school, gang-raped and left severely injured on an Addis Ababa street.

Déjà Vu in Brazil as Police Crack Down on Protests Against Public Transportation Fare Hikes

January 2015 already resembles June 2013: hikes in transport fares in different Brazilian cities have sent hundreds of people into the streets, only to be met with police violence.

15 January 2015

Outspoken ‘Israeli Zionist Arab Muslim’ Teen Emerges from Hiding in the US

"I had to leave Israel...for trying to show the world the real face of regular Arabs and Muslims who're simply sick of their leaders' corruption and unlimited hate..."

‘Africapitalism': Africa's New Way Forward?

Acting on a concept he invented five years ago, a Nigerian economist and philanthropist now says he's ready to invest $100 million in young African entrepreneurs.