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March, 2016

Stories from March, 2016

31 March 2016

Suspected of Buying Votes, Peru’s Presidential Frontrunner Gets to Stay in the Race

The Special Electorate Jury of Lima has dismissed a request to exclude from Peru's presidential race the most controversial candidate, Keiko Fujimori, leading to a national legitimacy crisis.

Thailand Stops Journalist From Attending World Press Freedom Day in Finland

"If junta thinks forbidding me to travel abroad would silence me then they're mistaken. I will continue to scrutinize and criticize them."

What's Happening in South African Politics? Just Follow the Hashtag

Learn about eight hashtags that help facilitate political debate and even organize protests in South Africa.

30 March 2016

Netizen Report: Ethiopia’s Zone9 Bloggers Go Back to Court

Global Voices Advocacy

Chinese dissidents’ families torn apart over party controversy, courts in Morocco and Ethiopia drag out trials against advocates, and Russian tech moguls launch a new center for monitoring "information attacks".

Russia Gets Its Very First Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

RuNet Echo

Last week, one of Nizhny Novgorod's biggest Orthodox churches got a new neighbor, located just around the corner: Russia’s very first Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

29 March 2016

Moscow Police Banned From Discussing Work Matters on Social Media

RuNet Echo

VKontakte, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp are now officially off limits to Moscow police officers who want to discuss work-related matters or exchange official law enforcement data.

Can Low-Income Housing in the US Be Energy Efficient and Affordable?

Residents of low-income housing need energy efficiency more than others, but are less likely to be able to afford it. How to escape the Catch-22?

Chinese Police Tear Families Apart Over Letter That Demanded President's Resignation

Global Voices Advocacy

An open letter urging China President Xi Jinping to resign has triggered a rash of political persecution against the family members of Chinese dissidents living abroad. Germany-based writer and Deutsche...

EgyptAir Hijacking Drama Ends; All Passengers Released

"We can finally celebrate the first Arab Muslim hijacker who is not declared a terrorist but a psychologically unstable person. :) #EgyptAir," tweets Patrick Baz.

‘There is No Shame in Fear': Confronting Surveillance in Post-Revolution Egypt

Global Voices Advocacy

"...as so many unjust things become normalized in our daily lives, the act of spreading information and informing others – however difficult – becomes an ever-more vital part of activism."

Mass Child Abuse Scandal Rocks Turkish Pro-Government Foundation in Turkey

"In a case of 45 alleged child rapes, only a single person is being charged. This is statistically impossible. #ChildAbusersProtectedInTurkey."

Meet the Jamaican Entrepreneur Who Found a Way to Make ‘Going Green’ Fulfilling, Socially Responsible, and Even Profitable

How did one Jamaican entrepreneur help water-challenged families in Flint, Michigan? Jovan Evans proves that developing eco-friendly ideas can benefit both people and the planet, while being profitable.

Despite Claims of Tortured Baha'i Inmates, Iran Takes No Action

The Baha’i community is one of the most persecuted religious minorities in Iran. Their faith is not recognized by the Islamic Republic’s constitution, and the community's members face severe discrimination.

EgyptAir Plane on Route to Cairo Hijacked and Diverted to Cyprus

A lone hijacker has reportedly hijacked Egypt Air flight MS181, forcing the flight to be diverted to Larnaca Airport in Cyprus after claiming he was wearing an explosive belt.

How a Nazi Ghost Came to Haunt the Philippine Presidential Debate

After being accused of corruption in a televised debate, the Philippine vice president conjured the ghost of Nazi propaganda minister Goebbels.

28 March 2016

In Spring Welcome, Giant Penises Parade Streets of Japan

The wooden phallus has grown over time, as it is replaced each year, so that it is now about 2.5 meters (13 feet) long and weighs 280 kilograms (620 pounds).

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Elephant in the Room

In this edition we take you to Somalia, Japan, China, Pakistan and Cuba.

March 2016 Marks a Time of Change and Rage for Japanese Television Broadcasting

Japanese broadcasters heading for the exit are using their remaining airtime to highlight the government's increasingly autocratic approach to press freedoms.

27 March 2016

Blood Donors Crowd Lahore Hospitals Following Devastating Park Bombing on Easter Sunday

Following the attack, scores of citizens began coordinating efforts to donate blood and provide support to the families of the victims.

Online Campaign Tells Australia “Hands Off Timor's Oil” as Thousands March in Dili

Using the hashtags #medianlinenow and #HandsOffTimorsOil, the online campaign urges Australia to respect the maritime boundaries of Timor Leste.

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