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· May, 2018

Stories about South Asia from May, 2018

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of May 21-27, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 206 countries. Number 19 on the list? Lebanon. And number 198? Faroe Islands.

Swiss brewery sparks protests in Nepal for naming new beer with timur flavor after late king

"People love Late King Birendra. People love beer, too! So how and why does naming a beer “Birendra” offend people and hurt their sentiments?"

Bangladesh's ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on drugs is leaving dozens dead

Human rights advocates say security forces are extrajudicially killing those suspected of drug crimes.

In India, 13 people are killed after police open fire on copper plant protesters

"My Constitution...ensures my right to protest. It ensures my right to life,livelihood,safe and healthy environment. #Thoothukkudi exposes the barbaric assault on these rights."

Sabika Sheikh, the Pakistani student slain in US school shooting, had wanted to bridge the two countries

"...she said...'I want to learn the American culture and I want America to learn the Pakistan culture and I want us to come together and unite,'" her host mother recalled.

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of May 14-20, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 211 countries. Number 109 on the list? Gabon. And number 13? Germany.

Pakistan Chief Justice's notice produces some hope for Hazara protections

"Finally voice of Hazara people heard. Army chief gives assurance of security and safety. Chief Justice takes notice of the killing of Hazara. Took us several years. Extremely shameful."

Nepal’s Kami Rita climbs Mount Everest for a record 22nd time

"Summiting Everest? It's just like another daily chore."

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of May 7-13, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 207 countries. Number 61 on the list? Kazakhstan. And number 19? Indonesia.

Bangladesh blasts off with their first ever satellite launch into space

"Successful deployment of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed. Maybe this is how a country changes. So proud."

Despite support for the #MeToo movement in Pakistan, a culture of silence still prevails

"There must be consequences for those who choose to abuse and not to comply... We say to the women who are speaking up: we hear you, we are with you."

An uneven playing field for female candidates in Sri Lanka

"They expect more women to come into politics, but when there's no support for us or action taken against harassers, we are left wondering if we are wasting our time."

Hazara women end hunger strike against targeted killings after Pakistan army chief agrees to talks

"We demand that the Chief of Army Staff...must come to Quetta dressed as a civilian and listen to the cries of the 3,000 widows and 10,000 orphans"

Netizen Report: In Afghanistan and Pakistan, journalists honor slain colleagues on World Press Freedom Day

We dedicate this edition to journalists who have been threatened or killed this year, in honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2018.

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of April 29-29, 2018, the most popular story on our Italian language site was about Azerbaijan. And on our Malagasy language site? A story about China.

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