Stories from June, 2014
How the Philippine President Managed to Anger Film Legend Nora Aunor's Legions of Fans
The Filipina actress who starred in one of the most memorable Asian films has been nominated for the National Artist title. But the Philippine president rejected the nomination.
Puerto Deseado, a Coastal Paradise
On her blog Viajes y Relatos, Laura Schneider shares her experience visiting Puerto Deseado, in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina. On the six-day photo-safari, she photographed the beautiful city and places nearby: Yendo por la ruta 3, luego de pasar Comodoro Rivadavia y Caleta Olivia a 300 km, nace una...
Two Killed as Egypt's Government Fails to Notice Militant Group's Blatant Bombing Warning Online
Egyptian police came under fire after failing to act on a terror threat posted online, with the location of today's bomb explosions, which killed two officers.
The Splendour of Puerto Madryn
Wenceslao Bottaro shares on his blog the trip he made to the south of Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut, Argentina. This time, he visited Punta Este, Punta Loma and Cerro Avanzado, among other tourist attractions. Este es un paseo para descubrir la zona sur de Puerto Madryn, es...
Comedy and Activism from Mexico
JM Casanueva, author of the blog SocialTIC, reviews the new trend in activism in Mexico that uses humor on blogs and social networks to reach a larger audience: El humor siempre ha sido una táctica exitosa para transmitir causas de manera empática (sí, que alguien que no seas tú o...
Attacks Against Muslims Continue In Sri Lanka
It has been two weeks since the violent riots against Muslims in the Sri Lankan coastal cities of Aluthgama and Beruwala. Although the situation has died down after widespread condemnation, sporadic violence against Muslims continues in different parts of Sri Lanka. Blogger Abdul Khaleq tweets about one such recent incident in...
Why Some Taiwanese Activists Are Accusing This Hotel of Caving to Political Pressure from China
Hotel Novotel found itself a target of criticism after management disrupted a protest against the minister of China's Taiwan Affairs Office. Some Taiwanese fear closer ties with their communist neighbor.
A Kissing Sit-In and An Open Letter for LGBT Rights in Cuba
The second "Kiss Sit-In for Diversity and Equality" in Havana takes place this year during challenging moments for the LGBT community on the Island.
Angela Garipova: The Internet Promotes Peaceful Dialogue in Kazakhstan
Angela Garipova, presenter of the program Bloggers on Kazakhstan's state television channel 24.kz, tells Global Voices about the changes happening in Kazakh society, many of which are being reflected online.
The Lights and the Shadows of the New Cuban Labor Code
The new Labor Code in Cuba has sparked controversy because it excludes important protections in the workplace for certain marginalized communities, such as transsexual people.
Serbian Insurance Company Refuses to Pay Damages to Roma Family
Serbian daily Blic reports on a curious case in which Serbian insurance company Takovo Osiguranje has, in writing, refused to pay damages to the widow and children of a car accident victim, based on his ethnicity. Blic journalists and an attorney representing the victim's family claim that the insurance company...
France Sees Escape From Russian Energy Dependence in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, wishing to reduce energy dependency on Russia, welcomes French president for talks.
Cameroon's Marc Vivien Foé, ‘One of the Greatest Talents Ever in Football’
More than a decade ago, Marc Vivien Foé collapsed and died at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France, during the Confederations Cup semi-final game between Cameroon and Columbia.
Srinagar-Leh Highway: An Adventurous Road Trip
The 434-kilometer-long Srinagar-Leh Highway is a spectacular and often scary highway in the Kashmir Valley. This road, which is open for traffic from June to November, is generally muddy, gravely and non-existent at best. The Zoji La mountain pass at 3,528 meters is particularly dangerous with only enough clearance for...
Hong Kong Lawyers Protest in Black Against Chinese Government's White Paper
The protest is in response to the Chinaese government's recent white paper on the practice of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong.
Italian Footballer Giorgio Chiellini's Praiseworthy Words After Being Bitten
Italian centre back Giorgio Chiellini, bitten by Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez during the match between Italy and Uruguay national teams of the group phase of the World Cup in Brazil, sent Suárez a conciliatory message via his official website: Dentro di me ora non ci sono sentimenti di gioia, di...
Russian Team Leaves World Cup
Russians resigned to poor national team performance.
Beyond the World Cup Headlines: Iran's Lacking Team Spirit, but Brazil's Favelas Have Plenty
You have to know more than just football to understand the World Cup. Deji Olukotun gives a play-by-play of the important free expression and human rights issues.
In Syria We Have All Become Killers
What do you feel when the security checkpoint where your mother was killed is destroyed in a bombing?
These 5 Experts Explain Why Alexander Sodiqov's Arrest in Tajikistan Is So Troubling
Civic activists and journalists fear the arrest of Global Voices' Alexander Sodiqov could have worrying consequences on research in Central Asia.
Trinidad and Tobago Parliament Asks Itself For Pay Raise, Says Yes
When two controversial bills are passed swiftly and unanimously by a country’s parliament, the alarm bells go off. The passage, on June 13, 2014, of amendments to two parliamentary acts governing pension payments for legislators and judges in Trinidad and Tobago has been called unconstitutional and a threat to the independence...