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· November, 2015

Stories about South Asia from November, 2015

30 November 2015

Bangladesh Keeps Blocking Social Media, Threatens New Surveillance Tactics

Global Voices Advocacy

With the lack of accountability shown by the government, a move towards more stringent controls of the Internet is worrying for the state of free expression in the country.

29 November 2015

Thoughts on Women, Power, Privilege and Black Friday Videos in Pakistan

The Bridge

Privilege and power exist on a spectrum and the video only made me question the conditions that could create this madness in Pakistan.

26 November 2015

Ahmadi Muslims Once Again Become a Target for Violence in Pakistan

"We bleat about the West callously turning back refugees while we sit in abject silence at continued Ahmadi persecution in Pakistan."

25 November 2015

With Messaging Apps Still Banned, Bangladeshis Turn to Tor (and Twitter)

Global Voices Advocacy

It is not clear whether the government has blocked the Facebook portal or banned the use of Facebook altogether.

20 November 2015

Netizen Report: Bangladesh Bans Facebook and Chat Apps on ‘Security Grounds’

Global Voices Advocacy

Bangladesh accidentally shuts down the Internet, hip-hop gets the boot on Chinese streaming sites, and Twitter faces new data dilemmas in Russia.

The Indian Sub-Continent’s Domestic Workers Deserve Much More Than This

Poor pay, lacking legal protections, abuse. That is the abysmal treatment that domestic workers often receive. But change is slowly but surely taking root, one house at a time.

19 November 2015

Social Media Movements Encourage Indian Women to Wear Their Saree Proudly

From #100SareePact to #SareeNotSorry, Indian women are celebrating the traditional garment online.

18 November 2015

An Artist Burns His Paintings in Solidarity With Innocent Madhesis Killed in Nepal

The conflict in Madhes, the southern plains of Nepal, has to date claimed nearly 50 lives.

13 November 2015

A New Hashtag Battles the Hatred Between India and Pakistan With Love

"Let peace be spread everywhere...Long Live Peace...Long live peace lover of both countries...."

10 November 2015

Bhutan's Legendary Fourth King Turns 60

"Thank you Your Majesty,.... For being the role model with the hallmark of simplicity For being a far sighted and visionary leader"

8 November 2015

Music Was the Path to Financial Independence for This Indian Woman

Tritha Sinah fronts the band Tritha Electric. Growing up in Kolkata she says music was her way to financial independence and liberation.

4 November 2015

Basic Rights Suspended as Maldives Declares State of Emergency for 30 Days

"Foreign observers should know about #Maldives: 1) There were never any IEDs. It's a #ManufacturedCrisis 2) There was never a democracy"

1 November 2015

The Sorry State of Indian Railways

"Life in India doesn't stop for a train journey, it invades it. The train is a meeting place, a marketplace, a hotel and a restaurant."

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