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· July, 2017

Stories about Weblog from July, 2017

26 July 2017

Who Are the #Istanbul10? Learn About the Work of Jailed Human Rights Defenders in Turkey

Advox

A group of human rights defenders and information technology trainers continue to face jail time in Turkey and accusations that they were "aiding a terrorist organization without being a member."

Menstrual Hygiene Products Are Not Luxury Goods: Indian Rural Women Speak Out

Are menstrual hygiene products luxury goods? Women in India are voicing their doubts.

Hell on Earth in Chittagong: Floods Wreak Havoc in the City

"The waterlogging in Chittagong has worsened today. It seems nobody cares. God save everyone."

25 July 2017

The Case of Fabiola Antiqueo and Police Violence in Chile

"The current system and the impunity that it protects, is one of the most visible legacies of the dictatorship in Chile"

This Jamaican Scientist's Marijuana-Based Anti-Cancer Drug Has Been Approved by the FDA

Should Dr. Lowe try to launch the drug himself if he can raise the funding? And what of the Jamaican government's role in taking the lead regarding ganja?

Puerto Rican Newspaper Cans Popular Comic Strip, Raising Concerns Over Censorship

Advox

Pepito is known for its sharp critique of the government and of elected officials in both the governments of Puerto Rico and of the United States.

A Final Glimpse of Cambodia’s Iconic Phnom Penh White Building Before Its Demolition

The Cambodian government plans to build a multipurpose complex in the land occupied by the iconic White Building in the capital city.

24 July 2017

Jamaica's First Woman Prime Minister Retires Amidst Praise, Criticism — and a Contentious Battle to Succeed Her

"Portia Simpson came to representational politics at the parliamentary level in 1976 when political tribalism and its ugly pickney, political violence, were on the upswing."

French Bank BNP Paribas Accused of Complicity in the Genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda

"France contributed to training and the international recognition of the government which organized the massacres (in Rwanda)".

Truths From the Front Lines of Climate Change in Europe’s Far North

"It should be about taking care of what we have left… It’s not only us Saami that pay the price. We will destroy our planet."

El Salvador Rape Victim Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Baby's Death Despite ‘Inconclusive Proof’

In the complex case of Evelyn few seem to notice the main trend regarding women tried for abortion in El Salvador: A punitive and inflexible system for poor women.

Ghana's Social Media Scene Opens New Spaces for Public Debate

"Today, Ghanaians on social media are quick to make permutations of what number of public schools, hospitals, roads and sanitised water systems could have been constructed..."

23 July 2017

A North Korean Refugee and Cartoonist Draws What Life Is Like for Those Who Escape

As a child, teachers praised Choi Seong-guk for his sketches of American soldiers that he says he made look “as ugly and violent as possible.”

22 July 2017

Mongolian Nomads Say Goodbye to Herding, Hello to Smog

Climate change is forcing many of Mongolia's nomadic herders to abandon their traditional lifestyle and move to Ulaanbaatar. That's making a big smog problem in the city even worse.

In the Depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Digital Communications Aid the Process of Self-Determination

Rising VoicesNewsFrames

In Ecuador, the Kichwa community of Sarayaku has been leveraging the power of digital technologies to share their own narratives about the long-standing struggle over land rights.

Arrest Over a Facebook Rant Brings Trinidad & Tobago's Cybercrime Legislation Into Sharp Focus

Advox

"Overbroad content offences are always illegitimate, but are particularly dangerous online, where many people are still in the process of discovering their voice."

21 July 2017

Russia's Parliament Went on a Censorship Binge Today

RuNet EchoAdvox

The Kremlin is cracking down on online anonymity. Again.

With China Now the Top Market for Initial Public Offerings, One Economist Fears for Ordinary Investors

"To be honest, the Chinese stock market has become the tool of the state to make money."

Lebanese Government Bans All Protests Right Before a Syrian Refugee Solidarity Sit-In

Advox

Activists called for a protest after four Syrian refugees died while in the custody of the Lebanese army.

Between Worlds: The Complicated Life of a Young Japanese Returnee

The Bridge

'We said "sorry" in Japanese, to which she replied, “Oh, you're Japanese? Then always speak Japanese, you foreigner!”'

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