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Stories about South Asia

11 February 2016

The Complicated Mess That Is Pakistan International Airlines’ Privatisation

"2 killed, 18 injured in firing on PIA employees. Whatever one may think about the PIA protest, this is absurdly fascistic handling by govt."

Netizen Report: The EU Wrestles With Facebook Over Privacy

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Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

10 February 2016

Chinese Authorities Pressured a Bangladesh Art Summit Into Censoring a Tibet Exhibit

"The underlying threat to this message is: If you do not comply, we will cut economic ties or otherwise make it difficult for you."

7 February 2016

A Young Pakistani Woman Hopes Her Soul-Searching Motorcycle Trip Will Inspire Others

Zenith Irfan describes herself as "a 21-year-old Capricorn on an epic motorcycle journey amongst the terrains of Pakistan with nothing but her free-hearted soul."

How an Indian Singer's Impromptu Inflight Performance Led to Crew Members’ Suspension

"We really need to grow up! Flights tend to be boring - so what if Sonu Nigam sang a song? How is that a 'security threat'?"

5 February 2016

‘Lion's Blood’ Stickers Pop Up All Over Sri Lanka, Stoking Fears of Renewed Ethnic Hatred

"Today, politically motivated groups alleged to be close to the former regime have unleashed a new wave of hate and racism under the “Sinha Le” label."

4 February 2016

The Movement for Affordable and Accessible Sanitary Napkins in South Asia

In Bangladesh, India and Nepal, efforts are underway to provide women with a sanitary napkin they can afford in order to improve health and remove social stigmas attached to menstruation.

31 January 2016

Coldplay's New Video Featuring Beyonce Faces Backlash for Alleged Stereotyping of Indian Culture

"Beyonce's video is a problem because it's reductive, and uses India as a prop for capitalist gain. A land and culture she has no right to."

26 January 2016

Why I Went Into Exile: A Bangladeshi Blogger Tells His Story

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"...[the assailants] want our keyboards, pens to stop...Now its the time to write even more...Otherwise the darkness will win, religious fundamentalism and extremism will win."

25 January 2016

Thanks to the New York Public Library, India’s Bygone Days Are Just a Click Away

The New York Public Library has released more than 180,000 digitized items in the public domain. Readers can now access and download these archived materials from the library for free.

24 January 2016

Social Media Slams India's Judgmental Journalist

"I wasn’t abused, I wasn’t beaten, I wasn’t molested, I wasn’t raped.” Actor Sunny Leone has moved beyond her porn star past -- why can't the journalist who interviewed her?

22 January 2016

Climate Change Continued to Rear Its Ugly Head in 2015

People around the world were affected by extreme weather events in 2015, the hottest year on record ever.

Can Our Children Be Safe? Pakistanis Ask After University Attack

"This is going to be a test.. a harsh one.. comparisons will be drawn.. you can't have winners when children have been snatched from parents"

21 January 2016

Internet Censorship in Pakistan is Not Just About YouTube

Global Voices Advocacy

If at all, Internet regulation in Pakistan has been based on ad-hoc decisions that are made in the absence of transparency and accountability.

20 January 2016

A Tragic Suicide at a University Puts the Spotlight on Discrimination Against Dalits in India

"What happened with #RohitVemula should not happen with anyone. We can't progress until every citizen of India has equal rights!"

15 January 2016

An Indian Student Blogs About Being Ostracised and Bullied After Reporting Sexual Abuse

The female film student accused her professor of forcing her to have sex with him, but when she spoke up she said the student body turned on her.

14 January 2016

Printers Censor Another New York Times Article, Shedding Light on Pakistan's Stifled Speech Environment

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"...this blank space in the newspaper speaks volumes about the conditions under which we live and write in Pakistan today."

13 January 2016

Indians and Pakistanis Hope to Take Their Countries From Rivals to Friends

"India and Pakistan are sister nations.. We have so much in common.. A united India-Pakistan will be better for everyone :)"

10 January 2016

A China-Financed Economic Corridor Brings Promise and Discord to Pakistan

Can Pakistan's regions and political parties come to a consensus over who should benefit most from the mega-project? That seems unlikely for the moment.

8 January 2016

Netizen Report: Facebook’s ‘Free Basics’ App is Under Fire in India, Offline in Egypt

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

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