Stories from 1 April 2013
Filmmakers Crowdfund Documentary on Paraguay's ‘Recycled Orchestra’
In a slum outside Asunción, Paraguay, where a violin costs more than a house, musician Fabio Chavez is transforming children's lives by teaching them to play music with instruments made out of trash. A film about Fabio's "recycled orchestra" is raising funds through Kickstarter.
With China's Hottest Social Network in Danger, Netizens Cry: Hands Off!
Weixin, a free mobile communications app with about 300 million total users has grown rapidly domestically and internationally since 2010. Recently the Chinese government suggests Tencent, the operator of Weixin, to charge a fee. Will such move kill the golden goose?
Anonymous Brazil Report on Controversial Preacher
Anonymous Brazil released a dossier [pt] about Marco Feliciano, recently elected as chairman of the Committee for Human Rights and Minorities in the Deputy Chamber amid the outrage of human rights defenders due to his vocal hardline views on homosexuality and racist remarks. The dossier contains information on legal cases involving the evangelical...
Al Jazeera: Amplifying (Global Voices) Women's Voices
Global Voices women rose to the challenge when Al Jazeera's Opinion editor announced he wished to flip the gender ratio that typically rules in the media, publishing 80/20 in favor of women throughout the month of March.
What will New WICB President bring to West Indies Cricket?
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the governing body for the sport of cricket in the region, recently elected Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron to be its new president. Cameron, who was previously the WICB vice-president, defeated the incumbent Julian R. Hunte 7-5 in a vote of board members. Caribbean cricket fans use online forums to discuss the future of the beloved sport under this new president's tenure.
Global Voices Adds Corporate Jargon to Its Roster of Languages
Starting April 1, 2013, Global Voices will begin translating its content into its most obscure language to date: corporate jargon.
Bangladesh Authorities Go After Bloggers, Claim They Are ‘Anti-Muslim’
As deadly clashes between Islamist activists and authorities continue to escalate religious tensions in Bangladesh, the country's telecommunications authority is making moves to silence bloggers deemed anti-Muslim or anti-state. Award-winning blogger Asif Mohiuddin has become the latest target.
First Dead Pigs, Now Dead People
Following the news stories of dead pigs, Beijing Cream highlights a news story on the fact that dead human bodies are regularly found in China Rivers. The government of Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province, announced on March 28 that “around 100 bodies on average are dredged from the river in...