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12 November 2013

Stories from 12 November 2013

Social Movements of Portugal Get Together to Debate Massive Protests

“What is the purpose of the massive protests?”, a question that many Portuguese citizens have repeated since the economic crisis started, has become a motto for a Laboratory of Democracy...

‘Censorship is Censorship': Brazil's Writers and Artists Spar Over Biography Rights

A controvery has ignited in Brazilian popular music, with artists on one side and editors and writers on the other. Should required authorization for the publication of biographies be kept?

An Alternative Guide to Colombo for CHOGM 2013

The prestigious Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 is taking place in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo and the government ensured an expensive makeover of the city for the...

Bolivian Twitter Users Arrested For Photographing Historic Building

Two Bolivian Twitter users were arbitrarily arrested by the police for taking photographs of historic buildings. Bolivian netizens came to their defense immediately after being alerted by a tweet.

Iran: Changing Facebook's Filtering Model

Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Mahmoud Vaezi, says [fa] that his Ministry proposes that Facebook's filtering model be changed. He proposes content based filtering for internet sites and Facebook...

#GVMeetup Karachi: Finding Family in an Unexpected Place

"Global Voices may raise hidden voices across the globe, but it is a voice within itself. A family you can trust," Ismail Vohra writes about his first encounter with GV.

PHOTOS: Philippine Typhoon Survivors Desperate For Food, Water and Aid

Hungry and weary, some typhoon survivors are looting grocery stores and government warehouses to look for food, water, and other basic necessities.

New Knight Center MOOC on Media Project Development

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas [es], with the support of Google [es], will be offering a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Spanish for journalists and student...

Social Media in Tajikistan's Election: A “Milestone” or Just “Noise”?

There was an unprecedented amount of social media buzz around the recent presidential polls in Tajikistan. There is little agreement, however, about whether the buzz made any real difference.

An Investigation into the World of Prostitution in Burundi

Cedric Soledad Urakeza from Burundi reports on his investigation into the world of  prostitution in Bujumbura [fr], published on the community blog Les voix du Burundi:      Notre enquête montre...

200,000 Dominicans of Haitian Descent are Stripped of Citizenship

A myriad of NGOs and social activists have demonstrated against a sentence which has denationalized almost 250 000 Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Spanish Archbishop Publishes Book that Orders Women to “Get Married and Be Submissive”

Constanza Miriano, a journalist and married and mother of four, first published her book in Italy in 2011 where it sold 70 000 copies.

Puerto Ricans Demand Oscar López Rivera's Release From Prison

The Movimiento Independentista Nacional Hostosiano (MINH), a Puerto Rican pro-independence movement, is organizing a peaceful protest on November 23 to demand the liberation of Oscar López Rivera. López Rivera is...

Can a Foreigner Becomes a Chinese Communist Party Member?

Marco Loglio, a long-term Shenzhen expat from Italy, attempted to apply for Chinese Communist Party Membership to help protect the environment and conserve the culture. But he found out that...

Bachelor's Day Sets Online Shopping Record Again

November 11 is the Bachelor's Day in China and a time for online shopping. Yesterday the online e-commerce platform Alibaba set a world record when it processed more than $5.75...

How to Have Fun With Nuclear Negotiation

When "making progress" during nuclear negotiations still means no deal, Iranians on Twitter share jokes about the comical side of things.

14 Inspiring 1-Minute Films About the Environment

TVE (Television for the Environment) presents the videos of 14 finalists in its global environmental film competition. Participants from around the world have produced 1-minute long movies on topics related...

Global Voices Meetup in Cairo, Egypt

The next Global Voices Meetup is scheduled for November 16 to take place in Cairo, Egypt. Please join members of our GV community for this special gathering.

Pakistani Newspaper Dawn's Taliban-Sized Typo is Shared Widely

An acronym mix-up between Imran Khan's popular political party and the Pakistani Taliban raises questions on Twitter - was the typo a genuine mistake, propaganda or a Freudian slip?

Russian Artist Pavlensky Nails His Scrotum to Moscow's Red Square

One of Russia's most infamous artists has staked his scrotum to the cobblestones outside Lenin’s Mausoleum in Red Square. How have Russians reacted?

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