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May, 2015

Stories from May, 2015

31 May 2015

Odia Wikipedia Set to Celebrate 13 Years of Volunteer Contributions

Rising Voices

A project that was virtually unknown a few years back with monthly page views in the low thousands recorded 8,08,834 page views in March 2015 alone.

Second Shia Mosque Attacked by ISIS in Saudi Arabia

Did Saudi Arabia Bomb Yemen's Ancient Marib Dam?

Syrian Antiques on Sale on Facebook

Ancient Syrian antiques, looted from ISIS controlled areas, are being peddled on Facebookand sold on the black market for millions.

Israeli Chef Cooks Pizza in a Car to Demonstrate Child Safety

Sixteen children have died in Israel since 2008 as a result of being accidentally left in closed cars. One chef drives the message home by cooking pizza in a car.

These Maps Show Where Cambodian Journalists Have Been Killed and Harassed

He Spared His ‘Enemy's’ Life in the Iran-Iraq War. Today They Are Close Friends

One soldier prepared to kill a critically wounded enemy three decades ago, but spared him when he saw photos of the man's family. They met by chance decades later.

What Does Japanese Prime Minister Abe's Ignorance of the Potsdam Declaration Actually Mean?

Has Prime Minister Abe really never read the Potsdam Declaration? Or is his professed ignorance a signal he rejects Japan's postwar pacifism?

Women Entrepreneurs Are Blossoming Amid China's E-Commerce Boom. But Can They Peg Back Patriarchy?

"What I see is Ma’s fear as a male leader of increasing female power, having already made so much money from women."

30 May 2015

The Biggest Source of Plastic Trash You've Never Heard of

From acres of sheeting to miles of twine, farms use billions of pounds of plastic each year. What can we do to reduce the impact?

Sex, Religion and Politics Collide in ‘Dirty Paki Lingerie’

Pakistani-American Aizzah Fatima has brought her one-woman play to all sorts of venues in recent years. Even the play's title offends some. It's called: Dirty Paki Lingerie.

29 May 2015

How Argentinian Football Club Boca Juniors Lost Out to Violence

Four players from the Buenos Aires football club River Plate were attacked by fans with pepper spray during a match against their bitter rivals, Boca Juniors.

Reclaiming The Weeping Time

The Bridge

Those enslaved in the American South weren't merely victims, but people who succeeded against the odds, say descendants of slaves sold at an historic auction campaigning to reclaim that dignity.

How Kyrgyzstan's Favourite Fermented Drink Became a National Symbol

'I started to save money for a car, but couldn't resist the temptation to buy Shoro.'

Despite Attacks by Guards and Thugs, These Factory Workers in the Philippines Remain on Strike

About 90 percent of the workforce in the factory are contractuals or temporary workers. The striking workers were violently dispersed by goons reportedly hired by the company.

Chinese Authorities Leap to Discredit Detained Citizens’ Rights Activist

Global Voices Advocacy

"Now wicked people have taken control and good people are in jail."

FIFA Elections Are in Progress

The Forgotten Massacre of Chinese People in Torreón, Mexico

In May 1911, during the Mexican Revolution, half the population of the Chinese community in the town of Torreón were killed by an enraged mob.

In Pakistan's Peshawar, Where 132 Children Were Slain, a New School Promotes Peace

The Peshawar School for Peace, which was inaugurated on 6 May 2015, aims to promote interfaith harmony, girls' education and social cohesion. Global Voices spoke with those behind the school.

2 Reasons Why Madagascar's President Hasn't Been Impeached Yet (Contrary to Media Reports)

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