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2 June 2016

Stories from 2 June 2016

The One-Woman Army Fighting Thalassemia in Pakistan

"Being a thalassemia major I know how life gets hard at times. Arranging blood, patying for multiple tests, x-rays, scans & then paying huge amount for iron chelation medicines."

How Madagascar's The Dizzy Brains Is Rocking Its Way Into European Hearts

The Dizzy Brains to Madagascar's prime minister: "Just do your job, man!"

What a Vote on Islamic Marriage Blessings Says About Politics in Kyrgyzstan

"If you really do not understand then why are you here? To polish your backsides on these chairs?"

No Apologies, But Most Japanese View Obama's Historic Visit to Hiroshima Positively

Despite some complaints, most Japanese people appear to have reacted favorably to President Obama's May 27 visit to Hiroshima.

Singapore Police Seize Computers, Demand Passwords From Advocates Over Facebook Posts

Advox

"I insisted I wanted to know my rights and whether it was legal for them to do what they were doing. They would not let me speak to [my lawyer]."

Zanj Radio: Jamaica's Online Music Station With a Social Message

"This is not just another media entity. It is a solution."

The Archbishop of Cyprus Says He's ‘Satisfied’ With a Far-Right Party's Election Success

"Are you satisfied that they don't condemn Nazism? Are you satisfied by swastikas? By angled crosses?"

Azerbaijan: Khadija Free, But Other Political Prisoners Await Their Turn

Advox

"Our political system is a model of the European political system," claimed the Twitter feed of Azerbaijan's strongman President Ilham Aliyev.

Is Social Media Helping to Perpetuate Violence in Afghanistan?

Advox

"Those who share the bloody pictures of victims not only irritate [victims'] families but also unintentionally assist the Taliban in their propaganda."

Islamic Council's Endorsement of ‘Light’ Domestic Violence Doesn't Go Over Well With Pakistani Women

Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology is at the center of a national scandal, thanks to controversial legislation it's proposed that would legalize “light” domestic violence.

Cambodia’s ‘Black Monday’ Campaign Seeks Freedom for Detained Human Rights Activists

"The government’s fear of people wearing colors is ludicrous. Authorities targeted us just for wearing a black T-shirt, which is a peaceful expression of dissent."