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9 January 2015

Stories from 9 January 2015

Should Prisoners Enjoy Full Labor Rights?

The Bridge

Prison inmates in Argentina now have full protection under the country's labor laws. Laura Schneider tries to wrap her head around the issue.

Panamá Calls for Reconciliation, 25 Years After US Invasion

The US invasion of Panama in 1989 left an irrevocable mark on the psyche of the Panamanian people and now the government is calling for reconciliation.

Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Flogged for His Liberal Ideas

Saudi liberal blogger Raif Badawi was publicly flogged today in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of founding an online forum for public debate and for "insulting Islam."

Asian Cup 2015 Opener: Australia 4, Kuwait 1 After Poor Start by Hosts

Australia has won the opening game of the Asian Cup 2015 at Melbourne's rectangular stadium 4-1 against Kuwait.

British Islamist Anjem Choudary Doesn't Represent All Muslims (Someone Tell USA Today)

The Bridge

The idea of Choudary speaking for all Muslims is laughable, writes Jillian York.

AIDS Activist Freed After Kidnapping in Honduras

A Year of Offline and Online Activism in Bolivia

Adapted from a Storify curation by the portal La Pública, here is a look back at some highlights from the year of offline and online activism in Bolivia.

Tripoli's Torched Library Finally Re-Opens in Lebanon

Kafana Samtan announced the project was successfully funded thanks to 306 people who donated anywhere from $5 to $100. The $35,000 required to rebuilt the library was raised.

Australian Police Arrest Activist Wearing ‘I'm With Stupid’ T-Shirt

On the same day as the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris, Queensland police arrest an activist at a political event who was wearing an 'I'm with stupid' T-shirt.

Young Malaysian Volunteers Are Taking a Leading Role in Flood Relief Efforts

After Malaysia was hit by the worst flooding in decades, young volunteers organized relief efforts in several communities. Global Voices spoke with two women who helped a soup kitchen program.

Venezuelan President Would Free Opposition Leader if US Frees Oscar López Rivera

Puerto Rican Oscar López Rivera has been in prison for 33 years in the United States. He has been called the longest held political prisoner in the Western Hemisphere.

A New Era Begins for Sri Lanka After President Mahinda Rajapaksa Concedes Defeat

The two-time president lost to former Health Minister Mithripala Sirisena, the candidate for the main opposition United National Party, who earned 51.28 percent of the votes.

How #EuroMaidan and War with Russia Have Changed Ukraine's Internet

Global Voices takes a look at how #EuroMaidan and Russia's interventions in Crimea and the Donbas have changed Internet use in Ukraine.

Russia Investigates VKontakte User for Posting Ukraine-Related Content

RuNet Echo

Russian authorities are investigating a Yekaterinburg woman on charges of "inciting hatred and violence" for posting links to content about Ukrainian Euromaidan protests on the social network VKontakte.