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· June, 2014

Stories about South Asia from June, 2014

26 June 2014

How a Local Newspaper in India Is Empowering Rural Women to Write About Their Communities

Rising Voices

Khabar Lahariya is an award-winning rural weekly newspaper published in local languages and run by 40 women. We spoke with editorial coordinator Poorvi Bhargava to find out more.

25 June 2014

What Would Buddha Do? Not Attack Sri Lankan Muslims, Buddhists Say

Hardline Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena's anti-Muslim rhetoric has fueled deadly riots in Sri Lanka. The group is vocal, but Buddhists are speaking out against them on and offline.

This Street in Bangladesh Has a Colorful World Cup Celebration to Rival Brazil

Bangladesh didn't qualify to play in the tournament, but the country's football fans have caught World Cup fever nonetheless.

20 June 2014

Urban Pakistani Musicians Jam With a Rural Folk Singer and Create Something Beautiful for the Internet

The video for "Sarak Sarak" was published on Facebook, SoundCloud and Vimeo, but not YouTube - that remains blocked in Pakistan.

19 June 2014

Analysis: How Pakistani Politicians and Fake Accounts Drove Twitter Trends on Lahore's Rare Political Violence

Twitter users in Pakistan picked up on the unusual violence immediately, and three different hashtags specifically targeted the government.

18 June 2014

Why Quality of Internet Service Is Needed in Nepal

This Twitter Account Puts a Face to the Unsung Volunteer Editors Behind Wikipedia

@WeAreWikipedia hands over its Twitter handle to a different Wikipedia editor every week so they can curate information about their favorite pages from the collaborative online encyclopedia.

17 June 2014

Do You Know About the Deadly Violence Against Muslims in Sri Lanka? Not If You're Reading Local Media

Clashes between extremist Buddhists and Muslims have left at least four people dead, but Sri Lanka's mainstream media isn't giving the situation much coverage.

The Unintended Consequences of Pakistan's Operation Zarb-e-Azb

16 June 2014

This Experiment Tried To Test India's Rape Problem. The Results Might Startle You.

An entertainment group staged a rape in India to see how passersby would react. Their hidden camera captured many ignoring the woman's screams and doing nothing.

Neighbor Bhutan Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for India's Prime Minister Modi

It is newly elected Narendra Modi's first foreign visit as India's prime minister. Some aren't convinced that it's the best choice.

15 June 2014

Revolutionary Band Laal's Facebook Page is Now Accessible in Pakistan. Hooray? Not Really.

Global Voices Advocacy

The unblocking of Laal was a minor battle won in the war over Internet content -- a war we are losing.

11 June 2014

This Guy Kept Calm While Gunfire Close to Karachi's Recently Attacked Airport Rattled Pakistan

Jawad Nazir, a 25-year-old volunteer running an unofficial Twitter account for Pakistan's top air traffic authority, tried to keep everyone calm during the latest security breach.

10 June 2014

This Unique Anti-Rape Protest by Women in India Has Shocked Kerala

A small group of women in Kerala decided to conduct a unique protest to draw attention to the recent case of the teenage lower caste girls in Uttar Pradesh, India

Brazil or Argentina? Football Rivalries Play Out Thousands of Miles Away From the World Cup in Bangladesh

Bangladesh may not be playing, but is gripped by the world cup fever. Citizens have split into Brazil and Argentina camps. Flags, jerseys, heated debates-the world cup war is on.

8 June 2014

Death Toll Rises to 36, in Brazen Taliban Attack at Pakistan's Karachi Airport

Although the militants reportedly entered from the old terminal reserved for VVIP movement or Hajj Flights, both airports share the same runways and assailants have since accessed it.

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