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8 July 2015

Stories from 8 July 2015

Five Ethiopian Journalists Freed From Prison, But Others Remain Behind Bars

Global Voices Advocacy

Alongside an outpouring of joy and disbelief over the bloggers' release, supporters urged each other to keep "tantrummin" until there are no more journalists jailed in Ethiopia.

As Typhoon Season Approaches, Families Displaced Last Year Still Await Permanent Shelter in the Philippines

"To lose my children is hard enough. All I wish now is that the government takes care of the shelter so I can start over again."

For Arab Human Rights Defenders, Hacking Team Files Confirm Suspicions of State Surveillance

Global Voices Advocacy

"Rights groups knew Egypt using Hacking Team spyware since 2012; Sunday's hack just proved it," says Egyptian activist Ramy Raoof.

A Driver's-Eye View of Uber in China

Despite a crackdown on ride-hailing apps, many still see Uber as worth the risk. For drivers, the pay is high. For passengers, the fare is cheaper than similar Chinese services.

The Aymara Indigenous University, a Path Towards Helping Native Communities in Bolivia

Rising Voices

A citizen journalism project provides students from the Aymara Indigenous University of Bolivia "Túpac Katari" the opportunity to write about their experiences in this unique university.

Mass Protests Halt Ecuador's Proposed Tax Hikes

Pope Francis' visit to Ecuador, coupled with anti-government protests, have temporarily delayed the president's mission to impose new taxes on inheritances and capital gains.

More Than 100 People Have Been Killed Extrajudicially This Year in Bangladesh

"We do not know what was done with my father. We do not know whether he is alive or dead. There is no progress in the case."

Russian Consumer Group Raises Hell by Warning Tourists Against Traveling to Crimea

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

After a consumer rights group published a memo warning tourists of the legal risks inherent in traveling to "occupied" Crimea, the Russian police crackdown on the group has been swift.

An Unexpected Reunion 20 Years After the Srebrenica Massacre in Bosnia

The Bridge

Maksim risked his life to help his friend Jakub during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Twenty years later, Maksim reunites with Jakub’s wife Šehida for the first time.

The Impossible Dream of Having an Apartment of One's Own in Hong Kong

Even if you were to win the city's biggest lottery game, your share of the prize money might not be enough to buy an apartment.

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