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21 October 2016

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."

Sri Lanka Pays the Price for Past Government's Extravagance

The huge sum of money spent canceling an order for new Airbuses could have funded a whole lot more.

20 October 2016

Peace Activist Khurram Parvez's Illegal Detention in Kashmir Valley May Be Proof He's “Doing Something Right”

The Bridge

After his arrest on September 15, Parvez was charged under the Public Safety Act and sent to a prison facility nearly 300 kilometers from his family and legal counsel.

A Lack of Open Space Forces Kids in One Mumbai Suburb to Play in a Dirty Field

“We don’t tell our parents that we play here. They think we go to a proper ground to play. If they know...they will not let us out to play."

19 October 2016

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

18 October 2016

Threatened With Suspension Over Its Rights Record, Maldives Up and Quits the Commonwealth

"Don't we as...citizens get a say in whether or not we want to be a part of the commonwealth? Or is Maldives just a one man country now".

Myanmar’s Laws and Societal Attitudes Make Girls Vulnerable to Abuse

An 'International Day of the Girl' celebration in an internally displaced person camp in Kachin State, Myanmar highlights the lack of government protection of victims of gender-based violence in Myanmar.

Journalists Call on Timor-Leste PM to Drop Defamation Complaint Against Reporters

Global Voices Advocacy

Around the world, reporters are trying to get the prime minister of Timor-Leste to abandon a criminal complaint against two journalists who say he was involved in government corruption.

17 October 2016

A Japanese Artist's Highly Realistic Paper Sculptures Are Coming to the US

"My animal sculptures, made from an accumulation of newspapers, might perhaps be portraying ourselves and our lives, on many levels."

A Hong Kong Lawmaker Raises Suspicions With His Surprisingly Swift Renunciation of UK Citizenship

"This is a substantial intervention in the Legislative Council president election in Hong Kong and will affect the autonomy of the law-making body."

Did Hong Kong Just Reveal What It Really Values With Controversial Award?

In her speech, Fonia Wong Leung-fong urged young people to follow her example and work “four times harder than the average person."

14 October 2016

Some Japanese People Really Thought Haruki Murakami Would Finally Win the Nobel Prize This Time

Every year Japanese people wait in anticipation for Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. And every year they are disappointed.

13 October 2016

South Asians Celebrate American Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature

"The argument for Dylan would rest squarely on the quality and influence of his work over the years, and the fact that they have now become classics of modern poetry..."

As Politicians Beat the Drums of War, Ordinary Indians and Pakistanis Call for Peace

"'Patriotism' that propagates HATE is not patriotism. United we RISE. Divided we fall. Politicians polarise to rule not serve society."

Hong Kong Citizens Express Dismay as Macau's Border Control Turns Them Away

Some were former activists, which has led many to question whether the Hong Kong government has a broad black list, which it shares with Macau authorities and Chinese authorities.

12 October 2016

Will Pakistan Carry Out a Threat to Expel 2.5 Million Afghan Refugees?

After decades of mixed hospitality, Islamabad says it can no longer host refugees from its war-torn neighbour.

Following a Big Scoop, Prominent Journalist Cyril Almeida Is Barred From Leaving Pakistan

"Am concerned, possibly convinced, more than 24hrs after the travel ban was imposed that govt is planning to take further, uglier actions."

Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India

Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.

11 October 2016

Chinese Propaganda Authorities Promote Clinton-Trump ‘Love Song’ Spoof Videos

Global Voices Advocacy

Since they can't stop people from following the news, propaganda authorities are focusing on the more absurd aspects of the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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