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21 January 2016

Stories from 21 January 2016

‘Hands Off Our Privacy': Polish Citizens Speak Out Against Surveillance Law

Poland's parliament adopted a surveillance law that would give authorities fast access to citizens' Internet and telecommunication usage data, without prior approval from a judge.

Two Separate Acts of Kindness Demonstrate the Best of Humanity in Peru

"Thanks, Brando, because without knowing you weren't just returning a wallet... you were returning hope to the country!!"

Venezuela's Indigenous Pemón Community Waits for the Day Germany Returns Their Grandmother Kueka

Grandmother Kueka is the genesis, the first mother in the Pemon culture, but the huge jasper stone was never returned after it was taken for an art exhibit.

A New Wave of Protests Sweeps São Paulo Against Public Transportation Fare Hikes

One study found that public transport in 21 Brazilian cities are among the most costly in the world in relation to average salary, outranking London, Tokyo and New York.

Internet Censorship in Pakistan is Not Just About YouTube

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If at all, Internet regulation in Pakistan has been based on ad-hoc decisions that are made in the absence of transparency and accountability.

An AIDS Epidemic is Decimating the Indigenous Warao Community in Venezuela

The figures are clear evidence that what is happening in Venezuela’s Orinoco Delta is an epidemic—an epidemic that is threatening the survival of an entire indigenous people.

Vintage Postcards Show Life in Vietnam in the Early 20th Century

The postcards are part of the digital collection of The New York Public Library, which recently released more than 180,000 digitized items into the public domain.

You Don't Know Noise, If You Don't Know Trinidad and Tobago

From unbearably loud music to illegal fireworks, one civic-minded social media user in Trinidad and Tobago is taking on the "noise polluters who yearly get away with decibel crime".

In Photos: Farmers Harvest Buckets of Glimmering Sea Salt in Myanmar

Many salt farmers in Myanmar are already migrating to other countries in search of better opportunities. This photo montage features salt farming along Myanmar's southeast coast.

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