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December, 2015

Stories from December, 2015

Millions of Indians Slam Facebook's ‘Free Basics’ App

With two weeks of public advertisements, Facebook would have got the maximum opposition in India so far in rolling a free access to its products called Free Basics.

Activists Seek to Dispel Abortion Stigma Fueled by the Macedonian Government's Policies

"Because it's about me, the decision whether to abort or not must remain my and only my right."

The Gambia Turns Talk Into Action, Passes Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Bill

After President Jammeh announced an executive ban on the practice hardly a month ago, lawmakers made good on the sentiment.

How the Soviet Union Sent Its First Man to the Internet in 1982

This is the story of a Soviet scientist who, in 1982, accidentally found himself among the first citizens of the USSR who were able to connect to the Internet.

Tajikistan's Pamir Region: Forever on the Brink of Disaster?

Sarez, a high-altitude lake vulnerable to breakout in the event of major seismic activity, looms ominously over the lives of the Pamiri people and the wider region.

The Francophone World's Uplifting Stories in 2015

We collect collects a few of the happy events you might have missed while distracted by so much of the gloom in 2015.

Who Would Have Thought ‘Everest’ Was in Kazakhstan?

'I even have an old reflex camera, a Nikon D70 -- quite heavy, by the way. That picture was taken from a height of about 6,500 meters above sea level.'

For Artists, the World Was a Canvas for Change in 2015

As 2016 approaches, revisit 16 stories from the Global Voices' archives of art with a powerful purpose.

The 7 Most-Read Stories of 2015 on Global Voices

The following seven stories received the most attention from audiences and also received hundreds of shares, likes and comments on social media and our site.

2015 End-of-Year Quiz: Test Your Russian Internet News Knowledge

Think you're a Russian Internet guru? Take our 2015 news quiz to see how closely you've been following the RuNet Echo stories during the past year.

Sri Lanka's President Says Enrique Iglesias Concert Organisers Should Be ‘Whipped With Toxic Stingray Tails’

President Sirisena didn't like that female fans hugged and kissed the pop star, nor that someone threw her bra onstage. Sri Lankans didn't take to his "moral policing" kindly.

Syrian Filmmaker Naji Jerf Killed in Turkey After Exposing ISIS Crimes in Aleppo

Syrian film-maker Naji Jerf, 38, was shot dead in broad daylight in Gaziantep, Turkey, for uploading a video exposing ISIS crimes in Aleppo, Syria, on YouTube.

2015 Was a Year of the Absurd in Ex-Soviet Tajikistan

Could things get any stranger in 2016?

After Her Son's Murder, a French-Moroccan Mother Teaches Young People the Importance of Unity

Latifa Ibn Ziaten talks to French students about her son's murderer. And why they shouldn't follow in his path.

Many Afghans See Their Future with India, Not Pakistan

A wave of Afghan social media love accompanied Indian PM Narendra Modi during his visit to Kabul.

Myanmar's Memorable Moments in 2015

The victory of Myanmar's opposition over the military-backed party was a significant milestone in the country's history. This and other events that made 2015 a particularly memorable year for Myanmar

‘Nobody Knows Their Story': A Bhutanese-American Psychologist Gives Her Refugee People a Voice

Luna Acharya Mulder has a rare window on the refugee psyche. Growing up, she went back and forth between two vastly different worlds--New York and refugee camps in Nepal.

Even Santa Can't Escape Toxic Smog in China

During Christmas toxic smog spread from the northern provinces to central China.

Christmas Around the World in 17 Photos

Many thanks to the Global Voices members who shared photos from their celebrations and Christmas dinner tables.

For Land-locked Nepal, a Year of Natural and Man-Made Disasters

“I have negative thoughts. But if everyone gets positive, I will get the energy to stay positive.”

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