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20 December 2013

Stories from 20 December 2013

Don't Just Retweet Blood Donation Requests. Donate!

Dr. Roshan Radhakrishnan at Godyears asserts the importance of donating blood and wonders about the fate of all the blood request retweets in his Twitter timeline: Does anyone ever come...

Votes Cast in the Madagascar Presidential Elections Runoff

Hoping for a new start after a prolonged political crisis, Malagasy citizens went to the polls to select a new president on December 20.

Egypt: 27 Photographs from Hala'ib

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia shares this slideshow of photographs from Hala'ib, a Red Sea port and town, located in the Hala'ib Triangle, close to the Sudanese border: View “undefined” on Storify

Bahrain Preacher: “Celebrating National Day is a Sin”

Bahraini blogger Manaf Al Muhandis tweets from a sermon before Friday prayers in Bahrain, in which the preacher declares that celebrating National Day is a sin.

South Korean Education Ministry Discourages Students’ Poster Movement

As South Korean university students’ ‘We Are Not Fine!’ poster movement spreads like wildfire across the country, even up to the point of motivating high, junior high and elementary students...

The Postcolonialist Calls for Submissions on ‘Sites of Home’

A recently launched online magazine and journal, The Postcolonialist, is calling for submissions for the upcoming edition of its academic journal. The Postcolonialist is an inter-disciplinary, multi-lingual publication featuring research, commentary, and creative production from and...

How do police lineups in Lebanon work?

Lebanese blogger Karl Sharro tells us how the newly introduced police lineups work in Lebanon here.

Jihadists Online: The Dark Side of the Internet

Islamist Jihadists are online. Lebanese blogger – and occasional satirist – Karl Sharro tweets: I honestly sometimes can't tell anymore if I'm watching news from Syria or a period drama...

Video Appeal: What You Don't Know About The Places We're From

For our 2013 end-of-year campaign we asked members of the Global Voices family to fill you in on what their countries are really about.

Unconditional Basic Income for All Europeans

In this episode of GV Face we speak to activists gathering signatures and raising awareness about the need for "basic income" - no work required - in Europe.

Syria: The Free Women of Darayya

Darayya's Free Women have engaged in numerous protests and initiatives since the beginning of the Syrian uprising, in the spring of 2011. Today, they work from exile - and prison.

Without Regulation, India's Domestic Workers Face Low Pay and Other Abuses

The dramatic arrest of India's deputy consul in New York Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud for overstating the wages of her housekeeper has renewed concern for domestic workers.

Coup Attempt? Ethnic Conflict? Figuring Out the Crisis in South Sudan

Political strife and 500 civilians already reported dead: what, exactly, is behind the current crisis in the world's newest nation?

‘We Are Not Fine!’ Posters Go Viral at South Korea's Universities

One student's handwritten poster hung on his university's bulletin board voicing his frustration with social justice has gone viral in South Korea and inspired others to do the same.

Top 10 YouTube Videos of 2013 in Japan

RocketNews24 has compiled a list of the top 10 YouTube videos in Japan for the year 2013. The list includes a video uploaded by a popular Japanese idol girl group...

Indie Voices: Connecting Investors With Journalism Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

In the Knight Center's Journalism in the Americas Blog, Alejandro Martinez writes about a new crowdfunding platform for independent journalism projects called Indie Voices: Indie Voices seeks to become a...

Photos of Mass Candlelight Rallies in South Korea

By holding candlelight rallies across the country, frustrated South Koreans have voiced flooding concerns over current political developments and series of scandals, including the snowballing election manipulation allegations. @Emfla505 tweeted [ko] this stunning photo of...

7 Amazing Vintage Photos of 19th-Century Japan

Take a look at what life was like in Japan some 150 years ago, thanks to a series of photos that recently entered the public domain.

Japan's Open Data Catalog Launches Beta Version

Data.go.jp, a website that aggregates publicly available data by Ministries and Agencies of the Japanese government, launched its Beta version on December 20, 2013. Datasets by 21 governmental organizations and...

Chinese Film Director Feng Xiaogang on Censorship

When asked about his dream during an interview at China's top Tsinghua University, Chinese film director Feng Xiaogang said[zh] to the students: I have realized all my dreams, if there...

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