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October, 2016

Stories from October, 2016

31 October 2016

Caribbean Bloggers Week 2016 Seeks to Amplify the Region's Online Voices

Caribbean bloggers are out there, and they do have voices that deserve recognition.

Iran Is Poised to Limit Press Freedom Even More Than It Already Does

Global Voices Advocacy

The government of President Rouhani is preparing two bills that media experts and journalists say could further erode press freedom and freedom of expression in Iran.

Revellers in Costume Descend on Tokyo by the Thousands for Halloween

Halloween has been growing in popularity in Japan over previous years. In 2016, there was more money spent in Japan on Halloween than on Valentine's Day.

Timbuktu, Where There's ‘Justice for Monuments, but Not for Victims of Rape’

"In Mali, rape is a taboo subject. The victims’ lips are sealed by society’s gaze."

‘Stand with Standing Rock': Demonstrators in the US Rail Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

"Sometimes, you wake in 2016, but it feels like 1875 because Natives are still fighting for our land." --Sherman Alexie

30 October 2016

A Syrian Refugee in the US Wants Americans to Understand Their Country's Vetting Process

The city of Boise, Idaho, is taking in a lot of Syrian refugees: 122 so far this year. Asmaa Albukaie, who arrived in November 2014, was the first.

29 October 2016

Tension Mounts After Demonstrators Promise to “Take Back Venezuela” in Countrywide Protests

"We're tired. Stop screwing us."

100 Years of Beauty in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Countries that shared a similar existence under the Kremlin's yoke found in their national wardrobes rich sources of self-expression.

28 October 2016

Yet Another Scandal for Russia's Orthodox Church as Clergyman Is Spotted Wearing $40K Rolex

RuNet Echo

The Russian Orthodox Church has another scandal on its hands, or rather on the wrist of one of its top clergyman in St. Petersburg.

After Rejecting the Peace Agreement, Colombia Seeks a New Path

"Who is going to go to the regions that voted for YES to explain to them what's the route to follow after the NO won in the national referendum?"

Hello Vodafone: What Does It Mean When a Global Telco Giant Enters Iran?

Global Voices Advocacy

Vodafone's partnership with an Iranian telco is a welcome improvement to the local telecommunications market. But the potential for complicity between Vodafone and Iran's surveillance infrastructure is hard to ignore.

How a Glove Factory in Rural Armenia Is Beating Back Labour Migration to Russia

"Everyone is like me. They love their village, land and water. These things call us back."

Report Shows How Ghana's Politicians Are Using Social Media Ahead of Elections

The second edition of the Governance Social Media Index assesses and ranks the presence of political parties, political party leaders and key election management bodies in Ghana on social media.

Rural Women in Northern India Are Challenging Patriarchy by Removing Their Veils

"If women want to wear veil let them. If they do not want to wear veil let them. It is [as] simple as that."

Netizen Report: Protesters Flush SIMs, Set Fire to Modems in Saudi Telecom Boycott

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

27 October 2016

Fonseca Says High Voter Abstention Doesn't Diminish His Presidential Win in Cape Verde

Jorge Carlos Fonseca won a recent presidential election in Cape Verde with 74 percent of the votes, renewing his term for another five years.

Instagrammers’ Photos Document the Smog Enveloping Khabarovsk

RuNet Echo

Residents of Khabarovsk in Russia’s Far East have been staying indoors or wearing masks when they go outside since a thick smog blanketed the city on Tuesday.

Conservationists in Madagascar Race to Exterminate Troubling Toad

Conservationists seek to eradicate a deadly Asian invader, but finding the necessary funds is proving difficult.

Russia's 2018 World Cup Mascot Has a Hilarious Name and You Don't Even Get It

RuNet Echo

It's too soon to know if this creature will make a good ambassador for Russia or the World Cup, but it's fair to say already that “Zabivaka” has gone viral.

After a Well-Known Artist's Tragic Death, Taiwan's LGBT Community Demands Marriage Equality

"Don't just pay lip service to "equal rights for the LGBT community". Words are empty! As long as same-sex marriage is not legalized, it means nothing!"

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