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25 August 2016

Africans Have a Laugh at Themselves Imagining ‘If Africa Was a School’

"Madagascar would be the kid no one invites to a party coz they live out of town."

Netizen Report: Bangladesh and Ethiopia Flip the Switch on Internet as Political Tensions Rise

Global Voices Advocacy

Web blocking continues to plague Bangladesh and Ethiopia, Peru drops US $22 million on spyware, and sharing just might become a crime in Colombia.

Twenty Years of Russian Political Campaign Ads

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo looks back at the most memorable political advertisements in Russia over the past two decades, highlighting some of the strangest, silliest, and scariest videos put out by politicians.

Wife of Persecuted Labour Activist Goes to Trial Over Facebook Post

Global Voices Advocacy

The wife of a labor activist has been charged with posting “insulting” content on Facebook even though she is not a member of the social media site.

Earthquake Destroys More Than 200 Ancient Temples in Myanmar

The ancient temples of Bagan are as important as the Angkor Wat of Cambodia and Borobudur of Indonesia.

WikiLeaks: From Collateral Murder to Collateral Recklessness

From rape victims to democratic party donors, WikiLeaks' latest data dumps demonstrate a disturbing trend of publishing the personal information of private individuals.

Where’s the Outrage Over Iran’s Exploited Children?

"I dream every night that my parents and brothers and sisters are looking for me. I wake up every morning crying."

24 August 2016

Ahmad Abughaush, Jordanian Gold Medalist, and the Erasure of Palestinian Identity

The Bridge

To those who know the history of Palestine, Ahmad Abughaush's surname speaks volumes. Yet this information was absent from news reports on his gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics.

American University of Afghanistan Besieged in Suspected Militant Attack

At least 12 people were killed in the violence.

Want to Celebrate Blog Day? Get Yourself to Paraguay!

On August 31, the world celebrates Blog Day. A group in Paraguay is making something special of the holiday.

Activists and Government Divided Inside and Outside of Honduras About the “Berta Cáceres” Law

Lawmakers want to "suspend US aid to Honduran police and military until human rights violations by security forces cease and those responsible for of such crimes are brought to justice.”

In Syria and Beyond, Protesters Make Sure the World Doesn't Forget the Ghouta Chemical Massacre

"We must teach all dictators a lesson, that all people will come together against any dictatorial regime in the world."

Independent TV Station and Two Community Radio Stations Suspended Amid Disputed Elections in Zambia

Global Voices Advocacy

"Zambia is slowly becoming a court room. We all must be careful when we speak out on issues of national interest."

These Videos Expose the Dirty and Destructive Impact of Large-Scale Mining in the Philippines

Residents and investigative journalists have been using mobile phones and even drones to expose how mining is destroying the country’s watersheds and rivers.

An Ethiopian Runner Makes a Brave Gesture of Anti-Government Protest at the Olympic Finish Line

"#FeyisaLilesa used the biggest stage of his life to express a muzzled generational cry for freedom. He spoke without words. #courage"

The ‘Different Yet Equal’ Protest Politics of Sri Lanka

The vigil highlighted that the insecurity felt by some Sinhala Buddhists continues to persist, despite the fact that they remain the country's majority community.

‘Safe Schools': Life-Saving Anti-Bullying Program or Radical Sexual Indoctrination? Australians Can't Agree.

A petition opposing 'Safe Schools' - a program designed to promote acceptance of LGBT students - has reignited national debate over how far school inclusion policies should go.

Chinese Volleyball Coach Lang Ping Has Spent Her Career Thinking Outside the Communist Party Box

"She is an independent Chinese who has been exposed to the international field of sport, she is not a cog in the machine of a national bureaucratic sports system."

23 August 2016

Put Down the Marvel and DC, Kids: Russia Just Bought You a Patriotic Comic Book.

RuNet Echo

The three “primary goals” of the comic book are creating alternatives to foreign superheroes, incentivizing teenagers to become active in sports, and raising basic levels of knowledge about military service.

A Brazilian Judge Says a Photographer Has Himself to Blame for Getting Shot in the Eye by Police

"The decision of judge Olavo Zampol Júnior is another shameful and monstrous episode of judicial violence against the victims of military police."

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