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23 March 2017

‘Zelyonka': the Anti-Putin Antiseptic

RuNet Echo

"Brilliant green" is becoming the unofficial color of Russia’s opposition movement.

These Techies Want Your Phone to Speak to You in Swahili

Rising Voices

Swahili is the second-most-widely-used language on the African continent. Yet automatic speech recognition isn’t commercially available in this language, denying many users the information they need.

Here's Why This Election Year in France Is Completely Unprecedented

People feel that the future is bleak and that the old recipes of established parties are not working.

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

Russian Opposition Leader Offers European Court Shield to Thousands

RuNet Echo

Citing his group's past success, Alexey Navalny implies that coming out to demonstrate against corruption could net as much as 10,000 euros for each person wrongly detained and fined.

22 March 2017

Woman in Mexico Copes With Sister's Femicide by Fighting the Patriarchy

Nadia Muciño was murdered by her husband and her brother-in-law in February 2004. This, however, is not her story. This is the story of her youngest sister, Viviana.

If You Really Want To Know What's Happening With Tech in Cuba, Read Beyond the Headlines

The Bridge

Internet access is fleeting, connection quality is poor, and the costs of getting online are astronomical. But you wouldn't know it from the headlines.

Hong Kong's Hottest Fake News Headlines Target Refugees, Foreign Domestic Workers

Hong Kong's increase in fake news prompted media activists to create the Facebook page Kau Yim to verify important information and identify fake news.

Kathmandu’s Pollution Is So Bad, Even Gods Need Masks

The level of pollution in Kathmandu has surpassed the minimum acceptable level and the residents are reacting by putting masks over their faces, just like the city's iconic statues.

Rio de Janeiro Is Caught Between a Yellow Fever Scare and Press Censorship

"What's left of the dictatorship? Everything except the dictatorship."

Angola Is on Its Way to Ban Abortion Entirely and Women Are Fighting Back

Angola could join the handful of countries in the world which currently ban abortion in all cases.

21 March 2017

With Romance and Nostalgia, This Comic Is Taking on Corruption in Mexico

"Readers will find stories written in colloquial language that will inform them about the problem of corruption and of how the National Anticorruption System works."

Jamaican Activist Arrested Under Cybercrime Law Amid Her Campaign Against Sexual Violence

Global Voices Advocacy

"If the Tambourine Army believe they have exhausted all avenues of ‘proper’ ways to advocate, then I say do what you must, but please don’t give up the fight."

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

Global Voices Advocacy

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

Brazil’s Deadly Prison System and the Internet Comedians Cheering It On

A crisis in Brazil's prisons has raised alarms about systemic violence, and also highlighted a vocal segment of Brazilian society apparently cheering on the bloodshed.

Chinese Lawmakers Seek to Protect Dead Communist Heroes With New Law

Critics are worried the new 'hero law' could have a chilling effect on academic and historical inquiry in China.

Don’t Make Russia’s Anti-Kremlin Opposition Angry. You Wouldn’t Like It When It’s Angry.

RuNet Echo

What started out as a playful response to an attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny quickly turned into an online protest.

This Is How a Russian School Principal Talked to Her Students About Patriotism

RuNet Echo

Leaked audiotape reveals how a Russian school principal insulted her students, saying they lack patriotism, after they challenged her criticisms of opposition leader Alexey Navalny.

20 March 2017

‘Those Who Tortured Him [Should] Tell Us the Truth': Tunisian Commission Hears Net Freedom Testimonies From Dictatorship

Global Voices Advocacy

The Truth and Dignity Commission is investigating rights abuses committed during the dictatorship era, including internet freedom violations.

India Fights to Bring ‘My Freedom Day’ to Its 12 Million Slaves

This year, roughly 12 million slaves in India couldn't celebrate My Freedom Day. That number could rise to 18 million, if more isn't done to help India's most vulnerable.

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