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

Categories: China, Cuba, Japan, Pakistan, Somalia, Global Voices Podcast

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

First up, we tell you a story about a lone elephant Morgan who trekked 137 miles from Kenya [1] and how that might be a sign of hope for war-torn Somalia.

Next we bring you a story brought to us by our Japan editor Nevin Thompson about a project mapping the last movements of victims of the 2011 Tsunami. [2] After that we move on to Pakistan, where we talk about a happy ending to a five-year-long story of kidnapping, separation and uncertainty.

In China, we tell you about Internet users having nothing but sarcasm for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg [3], after he uploaded a photo — to his Facebook account– jogging past Beijing's Forbidden City. Our Northeast Asia editor Oiwan Lam brought our attention to this story.

We end the episode with an interview with Ellery Roberts Biddle, director of our Advocacy project, about US President Obama's visit to Cuba last week. It was the first visit by a sitting US president since 1928.

In this episode of the Week that Was at Global Voices, we featured Creative Commons licensed music from the Free Music Archive, including Please Listen Carefully by Jahzzar [4] (CC BY-SA 4.0); Mexico [5] by Jimmy Pe (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0); [5] Elephant Walk by Podington Bear [6](CC BY-NC 3.0); Skeptic [7] by Podington Bear (CC BY-NC 3.0); Falcon Hood [8] (Tight) by Podington Bear (CC BY-NC 3.0); and De Cuba by SONGO 21 [9] (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).

The Week That Was podcast is hosted by Global Voices News Editor Lauren Finch and me — Managing Editor at Global Voices. Expect to hear our voices again in two weeks.

Image used in Soundcloud thumbnail: [10] Elephant by Flick user Pauline Guilmot. Taken on June 15, 2014. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)