Stories from 22 May 2014
Will Another Minister Be Sacked in Trinidad & Tobago?
A video has surfaced allegedly showing Trinidad and Tobago's Minister of Sport rolling what many perceive to be a joint; Wired868 has a field day with the news.
A Glimpse Into Life inside the Bamenda Central Prison in Cameroon
Blogger Salma Amadore narrates [fr] how her visit inside the central prison of Bamenda, the capital city of the north west region of Cameroon, made a lasting impression on her : J’arrive à la prison de Bamenda à 9 h 30. Mgr Cornélius Fontem Esua, archevêque de Bamenda y donne une messe pour...
Were Jamaican Professor's Statements Supportive of Anti-Homosexuality Laws?
Esteemed medical professor Brendan Bain was sacked from the University of the West Indies over court testimony in which he suggested that homosexuality can be a danger to public health.
Yoani Sánchez's New Online Magazine is Blocked in Cuba
When residents of Cuba look for the URL www.14ymedio.com, they are redirected to a site that says "Yoani$landia.com."
The First Five Hours of Thailand’s 12th Coup
For the 12th time in the past century, the Royal Thai Army has launched another coup in Thailand in a bid to end violence and political conflict in the country.
Cameroon's President Blames Boko Haram for Attacking While Soldiers Are Asleep
On the eve of the Paris summit for security in Nigeria, the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram crossed over into Cameroon despite the heavy presence of security forces.
Property Prices a Source of Sticker Shock for Expats in Hong Kong
Expats flock to the city for the high quality of life and abundant work opportunities, but many say rental property prices are too expensive for the average worker.
We’re Excited About Our New Design—Hope You Are Too
If you're reading this on the Global Voices web site, you probably find things look a little different. We're thrilled to unveil the new, improved Global Voices site.
GV Face: People Powered Flood Relief in Serbia
This week we talk to friends in Serbia involved in relief efforts. What are next steps for citizens and government? And why is social media under threat?
A Low-cost Solution to Heal Cataract in Sub Saharan Countries
One of the main causes of blindness in sub saharan countries are cataracts. A group of french physicians has developed a surgical kit called “Phacokit” to treat at low-cost individuals suffering from cataract and help them recover their eyesight [fr]: Pour vaincre la cataracte, principale cause de cécité, notamment dans les pays pauvres,...
‘Mafalda’ Cartoonist Quino Awarded Prince of Asturias Prize in Spain
The well-known 81-year-old Argentinian cartoonist is the man behind the idealistic yet pessimistic little girl Mafalda.
The “Happy” Video That Got Six Young People Sent to Jail
They were jailed and forced to confess on national television that they were tricked into the making of a "Happy" video in Tehran.
Euromaidan Six Months Later, Remembering What Was Won
Whatever happens next, participants of Euromaidan events will forever preserve memories of these months, both the good and the bad.
Escape from Ukraine, or Return of the Tomato Terrorist
After coming in contact with separatists, Morozov was arrested and accused of being a spy: "I don't hold it against the militia who tortured me in Antracite" he later wrote.
Wiring the Amazon
On an articles published on The New York Times, Michael Kleinman talks about his video produced for Op-Docs titled “Wiring the Amazon”, where he shares the four-year struggle to get a remote Peruvian village connected with the outside world: I was following the work of One Laptop per Child (O.L.P.C.),...
Cuba: The Joys of Getting Older
Cuban diaspora blog My big, fat, Cuban family shares 59 “wonderful truths” about aging.
Free Speech Curtailed as Thailand Declares Martial Law
After controlling the newsroom of 14 TV stations, the Thai army has closed down 2,000 radio stations across the country. Army insists martial law is not a coup.
Can Technology Transform Education in Trinidad & Tobago?
Trinidad and Tobago recently hosted Virtual Educa, an initiative designed to explore cutting-edge developments in education, technology and e-learning. A few netizens wonder if technology will actually help improve schooling.