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November, 2016

Stories from November, 2016

30 November 2016

The Botched Affair of India's Demonetization Drive Against Black Money

"Found an ATM with cash and absolutely no crowd. The ATM has only 2000 notes hence no one wants"

Law Professor Says Trinidad and Tobago’s Education Failures Are an Abuse of Human Rights

Trinidad and Tobago's longstanding commitments to universal education are juxtaposed with the harsh reality of society's marginalised.

Mixed Reactions to Kyiv's New ‘Theater on Podil’

RuNet Echo

Residents of Kiev cheered and jeered the unveiling of the "Theater on Podil" on one of the city's oldest streets.

These East African Countries Show How Teamwork and Technology Can Thwart Illegal Fishing

Innovation sparks success as nations collaborate to identify and take action against fishing vessels suspected of illegal fishing.

Alipay’s New App Abuses Personal Data and Reinforces China's Class Divisions, Critics Say

Global Voices Advocacy

"Even if the company needs to expand into social media, it should use a better means rather than being so shameless."

Mexican Governors on the Run From Embezzlement Scandals

Three runaway ex-governors accused of defrauding the treasury, money laundering, organized crime among other charges are the latest cases of high political corruption in Mexico.

29 November 2016

Through Hardships to the Stars: These Latin American Children Won’t Let Garbage Stand in the Way of Music

“Per aspera ad astra” means reaching the stars despite hardships. Youngsters from Mexico and Paraguay, whether living among garbage or using it to build musical instruments, are doing just that.

Meet South Africa's Prophet of Doom…Literally

"Doom is the answer brothers and sisters lets bow our heads and sPray."

Today is #GivingTuesday—Donate to Global Voices

The events of this year remind us that the work of building bridges of understanding and of safeguarding basic rights is never done. Please donate to Global Voices this #GivingTuesday.

News Commentators Decry the Errand Economy as ‘Ruining’ Friendship on Chinese University Campuses

"Laziness is the driving force of scientific progress. Washing machines were invented because people were too lazy to wash their clothes."

Political Satire Returns to Russian TV, Neutered As Ever

RuNet Echo

Political parody is a perilous thing in Russia, where the last unbridled satire to grace the small screen came and went more than a decade ago.

A Bollywood Actress Inspires Hilarious Book Misinterpretations With Her ‘Animal Farm’ Gaffe

"The Hobbit is good. All children should develop good hobbits. #ShilpaShettyReviews"

28 November 2016

Internet Freedom Declines in Russia and Ukraine, Improves in Belarus

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russia, Belarus and the Central Asian states were all rated "not free" in Freedom House's 2016 "Freedom on the Web" report.

The Hotly Contested Gambian Presidential Race Enters Its Final Stretch

In the run up to the elections, there have been anti-government political protests, mostly in the Greater Banjul Area.

Myanmar’s Refugee Returnees Struggle to Build New Lives

“We returned from a refugee camp. We didn’t come back bringing heaps of money. How are we supposed to pay 3 million kyats [US$2,200]?”

Bold Film About an Indian Woman's Sexual Awakening Accused of Pardoning Pedophilia

"In a country where women and kids are often subjected to violent crimes, this normalization of an aggressive act becomes even more problematic."

Corporate Japan Must Now Offer Stress Tests to Overworked Employees. But Is It Enough?

"When you work over 100 hours of overtime, you won't have time to be with your family, friends or lover...you start to think...'I don't know why I'm living this life.'"

Why You Shouldn’t Stick Your Chopsticks in Your Rice Bowl and Other Vietnamese Superstitions

"I don’t personally know if the superstition can bring misfortune but I still avoid it because I consider it as bad manners."

Facebook’s Controversial ‘Free Basics’ Project Spreads to 47 Countries

Free Basics is a collaboration between Facebook and mobile providers that allows access for free but limited access to internet.

27 November 2016

White Ribbon Campaign Enjoins Singaporean Men to Reject Gender Violence

"We need a culture of equality, not disrespect. As an athlete, I want everyone to know that strength does not mean dominance and aggression."

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