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23 September 2017

Myanmar Government Vows to Address Refugee Crisis in Rakhine State, but Avoids Saying ‘Rohingya’

"Aung San Suu Kyi today demonstrated that she and her government are still burying their heads in the sand over the horrors unfolding in Rakhine State."

Is Ex-Soviet Georgia Backsliding on Justice?

The Bridge

While Georgia still scores respectably in international rule of law rankings, public confidence in the justice system is dipping.

22 September 2017

Saudi Arabia Eases Restrictions on Messaging Apps, But WhatsApp and Viber Are Still Blocked

Global Voices Advocacy

Since 2013, the Saudi government has partially or fully blocked chat and call applications including WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger and FaceTime.

Criticism of Trinidad & Tobago's State Enterprise System Follows Fraud Allegation Against Oil Supplier

"The State enterprise system is the vehicle by which the unholy facilitations are carried out [...] It has been destructive of honesty, accountability and transparency."

The Earthquake that Revealed Mexico's Strength and Solidarity

"A people's greatness is out there, in the streets. Face to face. Hands holding hands. Heartbeats that don't give up, and ask that others don't fade."

21 September 2017

Equatoguinean Artist Carmen Bolena Explores Her History and Identity Through Her Drawings

"All of this discovery was restorative for my troubled conscience. It no longer hurts to recognize that I am black. I am and I say it bursting with pride."

Are Hazardous Vapors Seeping Into Basements Across the United States?

The movement of underground contaminants into buildings is attracting increased scrutiny from health experts, advocates and agencies.

Afghanistan Mourns Honorary ‘Grandmother’ Nancy Hatch Dupree

"One of a few with unconditional love and adoration for Afghanistan."

Lawmakers From Uganda's Ruling Party Want to Remove the Country's Presidential Age Limit

"20 or even 30 years from now, President Museveni will be asking for more terms...At that time, you will look back and wish you did something today."

Human Rights Group Prevented by Police and Anti-Communist Mob From Commemorating 1965 Massacre in Indonesia

"The complete inaction of the police to stop this violence, contributes to the erosion of democracy and violations of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly in Indonesia."

Mexico Earthquake: ‘I Thought I Was Going to Die When Pieces of the Ceiling Began to Fall’

People who lived through the September 2017 earthquakes in Oaxaca and Mexico City tell us their experience.

In Tanzania, Hepatitis Is a Serious Concern, but HIV/AIDS Remains Deadlier

Data shows that while infection and transmission rates for hepatitis are growing, HIV/AIDS causes more deaths overall.

The Perils of Military Engagement Against North Korea

The Bridge

"Any country that considers an attack on North Korea must confront the question of who turned the DPRK into such a defiant rogue nation."

20 September 2017

Netizen Report: Germany’s New Social Media Law Puts a Price on Hate Speech

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.

Sentenced to One Year in Prison for ‘Inciting Protest,’ a Moroccan Journalist Goes on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Several journalists have been arrested by Moroccan authorities over their coverage of the unrest in the Rif region.

‘We Dare Not Look Out': Dominica Is Brutalised by Hurricane Maria

'Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. [The] physical damage at this time [...] is devastating…indeed, mind boggling.'

Speaking of Independence Is Getting Harder for Hong Kongers

Global Voices Advocacy

"The universities can say they don’t support Hong Kong independence, but students and teachers should have the freedom of speech to discuss Hong Kong independence."

19 September 2017

Evidence of Government Surveillance in Mexico Continues to Mount

Global Voices Advocacy

Intrusive technologies used to intimidate and silence dissent continue to be used in Mexico.

German Anti-Immigrant Party Targets Russian-German Voters With a Xenophobic Ad

RuNet Echo

The ad was highly criticized. One German woman wrote, "...because I'm all for fighting for our country, I’m considering suing you and your 'party' for incitement of ethnic hatred..."

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

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