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25 October 2016

In Trinidad & Tobago, Video of Shooting Aftermath Doesn’t Boost Public Trust in the Police

"This has nothing to do with what happened before [...] or what led to his shooting. This has to do with what passes for police procedure in this place."

22 October 2016

A Day in the Life of Immigration Limbo in the US

A mother who escaped gang violence with her children in El Salvador waits in Boston to know whether she and her family can stay in the US legally or not.

21 October 2016

An Indigenous Woman Could Be a Presidential Candidate in Mexico Two Years From Now

The extreme Mexican left hints at nominating an indigenous woman for the 2018 presidential election. Meanwhile, in Chiapas, women are forced to renounce their positions because of their gender.

In Venezuela, Indigenous Communities’ Struggles With Mining Are Far From Over

"With this decree, illegal mining in the Caura becomes legalized. Now they are definitely going to kill us."

20 October 2016

Indigenous, Student and Afro Communities in Colombia Are Not Taking ‘No’ for an Answer

Communities from the most affected areas in Colombia's armed conflict took the streets of the capital to protest against the results of the referendum and support the peace agreement.

A Philippine Police Van Brutally Runs Over Indigenous and Minority Protesters Calling for Their Rights

"In our ancestral communities, the attacks are far worse...Everywhere we turn, we Lumads and other national minorities are brutalized."

What Did Russia's Leading News Agency Tweet During the Final U.S. Presidential Debate?

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo recaps the debate-night tweets by one of Russia's biggest national news agencies to get an idea of what resonated in Moscow.

18 October 2016

Paraguay, a Country Where Cows Fly While Schools Crumble

The first in a series by Kurtural on Paraguayan education and how the country is taking this right for all and turning it into a privilege for a few.

17 October 2016

Why Caribbean History Matters

The Bridge

Because "the legacies of slavery, imperialism, and historical responses to it are...evident in all the “weightier” concepts we associate with modernity: notions of citizenship, individual freedom, collective liberation, and nation."

15 October 2016

Meet a ‘Dreamer’ in the US Who Started His Own Company to Get Out the Vote

As an undocumented teenager, Antonio Valdovinos couldn’t become a US Marine. He went on to start a civic engagement organization instead.

Devastation of Hurricane Matthew Renews Talk of French Reparations to Haiti

As bloggers urge people to "help Haitians, not the disaster capitalists" post-Hurricane Matthew, discussions about the need for France to pay reparations are -- once again -- front and centre.

14 October 2016

Trinidad & Tobago Opposition Member Slammed for Using Photos of Minors With Guns to Score Political Points

Were laws broken? Was the whole thing a red herring? Have politics sunk to a new low? After photos of children brandishing guns were shown in parliament, netizens have questions...

From London to Kingston, British-Jamaican Artist Mike Stanley Speaks the Language of Paint

"The environment affects you. [...] This annual trip, from Jamaica to the UK, made me recognize the huge difference in the light. The way you see color changes."

The U.S.'s Deportation of Haitians Shows That Asylum Applicants Are Far From Equal Under the Law

The Bridge

"Events like the 2010 earthquake should be basis for humanitarian asylum. Does sending people back to a country without a working infrastructure and facing famine and disease constitute justice?"

She Needs Justice: The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast

This week, we’ll introduce you to women seeking or achieving justice in Poland, Uruguay, Russia and Syria.

13 October 2016

A Transgender Woman’s Modest Election Win Is a Huge Victory for Brazil’s Trans Community

"No one cried for us. On the contrary. To many families, as it still is today, it’s a relief when they kill us or when we die."

On Uber's Arrival in Its Smallest Country to Date

The Bridge

"How will Uber fare in tiny Trinidad and Tobago? Will it “change life”, as the headline of one article has suggested?"

Netizen Report: Brazilians Find the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Former Guantanamo Prisoner Risks Death From Hunger Strike in Effort to Be Reunited With Family

"They have closed the doors on me and left me without any solution and this is the only path that I've found."

Cuban Journalist Elaine Diaz and Colleagues Arrested For Reporting on Hurricane Matthew “Without a Permit”

Global Voices Advocacy

Diaz confirmed late in the evening on October 12 that she and colleagues were released from police custody and returning to Havana.

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