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20 April 2017

The Viral Video That Showed a Kashmiri Protester Tied to an Indian Military Jeep

The video is from the recent by-poll election in India's northernmost state Jammu and Kashmir, where more than eight protesters were killed and dozens were wounded by Indian security forces.

Surveillance, Privacy and the Right to Know: A Delicate Imbalance in Hong Kong

Global Voices Advocacy

Hong Kong has strong legal protections against telephone surveillance, but scant protections for Internet-based communication.

19 April 2017

Burundi's Political Instability Is Worsening the Country's Food Crisis

While the whole of East Africa has been hit with a serious food crisis due to extreme weather, Burundi's political volatility has made the situation worse.

For Venezuela's Government, Protesting Is “Terrorism”

"The money is never enough, there are no medicines, and the streets are full of criminals, and you won't let me protests on top of it all?"

31 Years Later, the Lights Come Back on in Chernobyl

RuNet Echo

Last week, group of Polish adventurers lit up the abandoned town of Pripyat, three miles from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

A Video Game Offers a Rare Nuanced Glimpse Into the 1979 Iranian Revolution

The Bridge

A new Iranian-designed video game achieves the rare feat of providing an accessible and authentic narrative on Iran’s history without compromising on either content or creativity.

“Bodies Die, Countries Don't”: What the Venezuela Crisis Takes Away From Us

The Bridge

"Two years ago..there wasn't yet talk of people searching for food in the trash. Now, they not only look for it, but fight over it."

Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences

Global Voices Advocacy

"This is a ridiculous and oppressive order but I don't want any innocent people being targeted just because they follow my journalism," wrote former Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

18 April 2017

The Kremlin Is Reportedly Planning a Major Mudslinging Campaign Against Putin's Biggest Critic

RuNet Echo

The Kremlin has reportedly decided to unleash a major mudslinging campaign against opposition leader Alexey Navalny, after his anti-corruption efforts shaved 10 points of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s approval rating.

A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes

Rising Voices

The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.

Russian Math Instructor Faces Criminal Charges for Online Posts He Says He Didn't Write

RuNet Echo

The arrest of a Moscow math instructor has raised questions about the safety of using internet anonymizers in Russia.

Sri Lanka's Tragic and Totally Avoidable Disaster

Years ago, officials planned to decommission the Meethotamulla garbage dump and convert it into a “beautiful place.” But it never happened and now locals find themselves confronting their worst fears.

Kazakhstan's Great Alphabetical Distraction

Kazakhstan's veteran leader suddenly seems to think the country's long-planned transition to a Latin alphabet is very pressing indeed. The country's social media users want to know why.

In Turkey, There's No Room for Maybe Anymore

Erdogan got his way - by a whisker - and isn't in the mood to compromise. Neither is the opposition.

17 April 2017

‘Children Were Dying Everywhere': A Syrian Videographer Recounts the Al Rashideen Explosion That Killed Over 100

Abd Alkader Habak appears in a photo that was widely shared on social media in which he is running with an injured child in his arms. Here is what happened.

Pick Your Poison? Russian Orthodoxy or Banishment From Social Media

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Critics of Vitaly Milonov, perhaps the most reactionary social conservative in the Russian parliament, have vowed to get him banned from Vkontakte, where his “online status” features an “illegal expression.”

Ugandan Academic and Sanitary Pad Campaign Leader Faces Criminal Charges For ‘Computer Misuse’

Global Voices Advocacy

Nyanzi's story has become a rallying opportunity for Ugandans who oppose the Musveni government.

#SaveDinaAli: Activists Call for Release of Saudi Woman Forcibly Sent Back to the Kingdom

"If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be dead. Please help me, I am recording this video to help me and know that I am real and here."

Who Removed Thailand’s 1932 Revolution Plaque?

"Removal of the 1932 plaque is an ironic reminder that Thais may have ended absolute monarchy in 1932 but absolute dictatorship exists today," wrote a Twitter user.

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

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