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January, 2017

Stories from January, 2017

31 January 2017

A Legislative Proposal in Mexico Would Tie Political Parties’ Funding to Voter Turnout

"Cutting back where we should: public funding of parties so that it's linked to the vote and not the register."

Building a Sustainable, Open-Source Platform for Language Learning

Rising Voices

Openwords is a open-source language-learning app with robust lesson and course development features with the aim to be a community of language learners and teachers.

Notes From the Eye of the Crowd

The Bridge

As demonstrations break out against President Trump's executive orders, ordinary people feel their way toward protest.

Meet ‘VKgoeswild,’ Ukraine's Classical Pianist-Turned Rocker

RuNet Echo

Despite winning numerous awards at international classical piano competitions and training with some of the biggest names in classical music, Viktoriya Yermolyeva decided to tackle another kind of music: rock.

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube

Global Voices Advocacy

The interview focuses on Algerian government accusations that foreign powers stoked protests against austerity measures in the country. Blogger Merzoug Touati is charged with "exchanging intelligence with a foreign power."

The Executive Order on Immigration Wants You To Think Gaining Legal Entry to the US Is Easy

The Bridge

In reality, it's damned hard.

Tabloid Tells Abusers How to Exploit Russia's Decriminalization of Domestic Violence

RuNet Echo

The pro-Kremlin tabloid “Life” shared a bizarre video, titled “He Beats You Because He Loves You,” reviewing the “top five ways to commit domestic violence” and get away with it.

Language Legends Help Create a Colorful Snapshot of Australia's Linguistic Diversity

Rising Voices

"Language work is the best thing I can do. Who wants to go out and do other things, when I can be saving our languages?"

30 January 2017

Protests, Deportations and Uncertainty: Iranians Ensnared by Trump's Immigration Ban

"My timeline is full of stories of people impacted by #Trump’s order. They are in shock & can’t believe it."

Myanmar Activists Say Junta-Era Defamation Law Must Go

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is not appropriate that a citizen who criticises someone more powerful should face legal action of this kind."

Journalists of Closed Hungarian Newspaper Népszabadság Score ‘Symbolic Posthumous Victory’ in Court

A Hungarian court has ruled that last October's sudden closure of the country's leading opposition daily, Népszabadság, was illegal.

‘Operation Restore Democracy’ Raises Hopes and Demands Across Africa

Energized by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's ouster, Africans are now criticizing many of the region's international groups for failing to remove other “dictators.”

29 January 2017

Melania Trump Returns Gloriously to Her Homeland, Now as a Meme

During the U.S. presidential campaign, Slovenians didn't show much interest in Mrs. Trump. That changed, however, after Donald Trump's surprising victory in the Electoral College

28 January 2017

Originally Sentenced to Death, a Blogger Goes Before Mauritania's Supreme Court

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2014, Ould Mkhaitir was arrested and convicted of "apostasy" over an opinion article in which he addressed Mauritania's discriminatory caste system.

United Colors of Persecution: The Struggle of Patagonia's Indigenous People against Benetton

The Bridge

Against a backdrop of legal complexities and state repression, a Mapuche community in Patagonia is fighting against the Italian textile giant Benetton to regain ownership of their ancestral lands.

Passenger Says Anti-Arab Racism, Not ‘Fake Bomb Threat’ Led to Madrid-Berlin Flight's Cancellation

The eyewitness told Global Voices that a German-speaking passenger on the Iberia flight called a fellow Lebanese passenger, who was sending text messages in Arabic, a "terrorist."

Goodbye to Buchi Emecheta, Celebrated Nigerian Novelist Who Broke Gender Barriers

"Perhaps Emecheta’s grandest legacy was making us realise that feminism isn’t alien to Africa. She clearly defined African feminism as one that is different from that of the West."

The Jallikattu Protests in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu Are Not Merely About a Bullfight

"People finally have become bulls to reaffirm their self-respect, determination and identity."

27 January 2017

The Difficult Work of Building an Inclusive, Women-Led Coalition to Resist Trump

"If you want to know if you are going the right way follow women of color, brothers and sisters."

The Day Bangkok and Other Thai Provinces Turned Green on Google Maps

"When did we get so many forests in Bangkok?", asked a Twitter user.

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