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· December, 2015

Stories about Weblog from December, 2015

28 December 2015

For Artists, the World Was a Canvas for Change in 2015

As 2016 approaches, revisit 16 stories from the Global Voices' archives of art with a powerful purpose.

Sri Lanka's President Says Enrique Iglesias Concert Organisers Should Be ‘Whipped With Toxic Stingray Tails’

President Sirisena didn't like that female fans hugged and kissed the pop star, nor that someone threw her bra onstage. Sri Lankans didn't take to his "moral policing" kindly.

Syrian Filmmaker Naji Jerf Killed in Turkey After Exposing ISIS Crimes in Aleppo

Advox

Syrian film-maker Naji Jerf, 38, was shot dead in broad daylight in Gaziantep, Turkey, for uploading a video exposing ISIS crimes in Aleppo, Syria, on YouTube.

27 December 2015

After Her Son's Murder, a French-Moroccan Mother Teaches Young People the Importance of Unity

Latifa Ibn Ziaten talks to French students about her son's murderer. And why they shouldn't follow in his path.

Many Afghans See Their Future with India, Not Pakistan

A wave of Afghan social media love accompanied Indian PM Narendra Modi during his visit to Kabul.

26 December 2015

Myanmar's Memorable Moments in 2015

The victory of Myanmar's opposition over the military-backed party was a significant milestone in the country's history. This and other events that made 2015 a particularly memorable year for Myanmar

‘Nobody Knows Their Story': A Bhutanese-American Psychologist Gives Her Refugee People a Voice

Luna Acharya Mulder has a rare window on the refugee psyche. Growing up, she went back and forth between two vastly different worlds--New York and refugee camps in Nepal.

Even Santa Can't Escape Toxic Smog in China

During Christmas toxic smog spread from the northern provinces to central China.

For Land-locked Nepal, a Year of Natural and Man-Made Disasters

“I have negative thoughts. But if everyone gets positive, I will get the energy to stay positive.”

25 December 2015

Activist-Journalist Reflects on Meeting the Iranian Ambassador at a New York Holiday Party

"Iran will one day shine in a way that the Iranian Ambassador will greet Iranian women and journalists without fear and with pride."

Following in São Paulo's Footsteps, Brazilian Students in Goiás Are Occupying Their Schools Too

"The fighting spirit that animated 2013 remains alive."

24 December 2015

Is Christmas Really Banned in Brunei?

Yes and no. Non-Muslims can celebrate in their homes and places of worship. And as one netizen commented, "Why is the supposed Christmas 'ban' only reaching Western media now?"

From Hallacas to Horchata, the Tastes of Latin America's Holiday Season

“Vitello tonnato” in Argentina, Russian salad in Venezuela and turkey in Peru. Explore the sweet and savory of the festive season in Latin America, as told by Global Voices contributors.

23 December 2015

On Taiwan, Facebook and the Politics of Trolling on the Chinese Internet

Advox

When Facebook became accessible in mainland China, trolls descended on a Taiwanese politician. What might happen if Facebook were to become permanently accessible in China?

25 Years After Officially Closing, Kyrgyzstan's Biggest Dump Is Still Rancid and Expanding

Is the toxic, anarchic landfill that has troubled Bishkek for over two decades about to be brought to heel?

Award-Winning Citizen Journalist Ahmad Almossa Killed in Idlib, Syria

Advox

Ahmad Mohamed Almossa, a member of Syrian citizen journalism collective Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), was assassinated by masked men in northern Syria, the group announced on Twitter.

On Politics, Big Contracts and Parties in Trinidad & Tobago

Government ministers are seen socialising with corruption accused. The president of a corruption watchdog organisation is forced to resign. Coincidence? One blogger calls foul and tries to connect the dots.

22 December 2015

Countries Declare States of Emergency in the Face of El Niño

“This El Niño and human-induced climate change may interact and modify each other in ways which we have never before experienced. El Niño is turning up the heat even further.”

The Syrian Conflict Won't Steal My Christmas

The Bridge

In a country in the throes of war, celebrating Christmas can be an act of both profound naïvete and staunch resistance.

Bangladesh Will Demand Biometric Data From All SIM Card Users

Advox

The scheme will create a massive database of citizens' communications data that could give the government unprecedented access to the mobile communications of Bangladeshi citizens.

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