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1 October 2014

Stories from 1 October 2014

Bahrain's Prominent Human Rights Activist Arrested for Criticizing Police Defectors Who Joined ISIS

Advox

Bahrain's most prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab is back in jail for his tweets, for the third time.

China Clamps Down on Another Independent Film Festival

China claims it wants to promote culture, but its censorship of independent art has never been more systemic.

“We Don't Need No Governance”: Why the Internet Governance Forum Misses the Point

Advox

Activists worldwide have criticized the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum for shying away from pressing issues like censorship and digital surveillance. This year, they held took matters into their own hands.

Meet Jillian C. York, a Globetrotting Free Expression Activist and Global Voices Volunteer

"I believe that only by enabling free expression can individuals make their voices heard and create change around other important issues."

Community Media Groups in Guatemala Document Deadly Raid on Indigenous Villages

Indigenous groups in Guatemala are facing violent attacks by police, all in response to demonstrations for land rights.

American Actor Mark Ruffalo Retracts His Viral Endorsement of Brazilian Presidential Hopeful Over Gay Marriage

Marina Silva has learned not to disappoint Mark Ruffalo, who famously played the Hulk in the film "The Avengers," on marriage equality. You wouldn't like him when he's disappointed.

Should Muslims Apologize for ISIS’ Atrocities?

One social media campaign has Muslims speaking out against ISIS under the hashtag #NotInMyName, while another, #MuslimApologies, parodies the expectation that Muslims should apologize for the actions of a few.

La Respuesta, an Online Magazine by and for the Millions of Puerto Ricans Living in the US

"One of our core values is to look critically at oppressive elements such as colonialism, racism, trans/ homophobia, sexism..." explains Xavier Burgo Peña, editor and co-founder of "La Respuesta."

Cute Cat Theory in Action: Despite Drought, Iranian Users Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Are Iranians really more consumed by Facebook likes and online attention than they are with tangible problems within their own country? If so, they're not alone.

One Westerner's View of the “Global War on Terror”

Russian Mathematician Aids Hong Kong's ‘America-Orchestrated Color Revolution’

RuNet Echo

Given the popular frame in Russia that the United States is masterminding Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations, FireChat’s Moscow-educated co-founder is awkward for the pro-Kremlin press.

Once Banned From the US, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Goes Stateside

Modi, who was banned from entering the United States for nearly 10 years, has reached out to the Indian diaspora in the US and top CEOs during his visit.

ISIS Recruits Fan Bahrain's Sectarian Flames With YouTube Call to Arms

Four Bahrainis who have joined the terrorist group ISIS called on the Sunni population in Bahrain to take up arms and join the fight against their ruling “tyrants.”