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12 December 2017

The Cat in the… Pot? Cuddly Felines Nap in Japanese Cookware

Cats sleeping in clay cooking pots are all the rage in Japan right now. Apparently, they are so popular that stores have started selling pots made exclusively for cats.

Indonesian President Jokowi Leads Citizens in Condemning Donald Trump's Jerusalem Declaration

"Trump is dragging the USA and the world to the frontline of religious extremism."

11 December 2017

A Local Newspaper's Full-Page Feature on Nuclear Radiation Survival Stirs Panic in China

"The whole page feature on nuclear radiation precaution is believed to be a reaction to the risk of warfare in the Korean peninsula."

10 December 2017

The Fall of Chinese Internet Czar Lu Wei

If Lu Wei's censorship measures were viewed as selective, Chinese netizens will now find themselves facing a more "comprehensive" online content control system.

9 December 2017

Syrian and Lebanese: On the Conflict of Identities

The Bridge

"Being half-Lebanese, half-Syrian is like being a child whose parents are separated and both hate you because each half of you reminds them of the other...."

Transgender Woman's Murder in Trinidad & Tobago Highlights Ostracism Faced by LGBTQ Community

"This wonderful human being, who cared so much for others, died for no reason .. other than perhaps, being different."

Victoria Becomes the First Australian State to Pass Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

As Victoria becomes the first Australian state to legalise euthanasia, the country remains divided over what is being called a new, progressive trend in Australian politics.

Palestinians Aren't Surprised by US Jerusalem Move As World Already ‘Ignores Their Existence’

"A nation built on ethnic cleansing, colonialism and white supremacy has always supported colonialism and ethnic cleansing in Palestine."

8 December 2017

Painting a New Story: Sohrai Art in Jharkhand

"What is special about the art form is that it is only made by women and passed on by women."

The Conviction of Another Dancehall Star Fails to Shock Crime-Weary Jamaicans

Following the incarceration of Vybz Kartel, Ninja Man is the second major dancehall artist in recent times to be convicted of murder in crime-weary Jamaica.

Harsh Prison Terms for Video Journalist and Blogger as Vietnam Cracks Down on Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

“Repressing citizen journalists is not only a violation of human rights but also a major impediment to Vietnam’s aspirations to become a tech and innovation hub.”

What Future for the ‘Wikipedia Seagull’ on Kazakhstan's Brand New Banknotes?

A seagull appearing on the 500 tenge note was claimed by a Swiss photographer, but officials have not acknowledged copyright infringement.

7 December 2017

Jailed Bahraini Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Additional Fifteen Years in Prison

Global Voices Advocacy

Rajab is in prison for his human rights-related activities and for freely expressing his opinions.

Ashraf Ghani Gets Thumbs Down After ‘Anti-Women’ Headscarf Gaffe

After an outcry, Afghanistan's president apologised for the remark.

The Health of Thousands of Filipino Children Could Be at Risk, Thanks to Sanofi’s Dengue Vaccine

"Why just now...How about the thousands of children who were already given the vaccine?"

Kyrgyz Children's Author Remakes Old Fables, Drives New Narratives

“There are no fairytale weddings in my stories and no handsome prince. None of my characters are especially waiting for him, either.”

5 December 2017

Animal Carcasses, Tires, and Medical Waste: A New Report Highlights Health Risks of Lebanon's Trash Crisis

"When they burn we can’t breathe […] We’ve had to go to the hospital because of this."

Russian Atomic Regulator's Foray into Meme-Making Fails to Quench Rumors of Nuclear Leaks

RuNet Echo

"No one is chastising Ruthemium, or even Ruthenium-106. They’re chastising Rosatom for contradictory information and for jokes like this instead of a serious investigation into the accident."

In China, Skepticism Surrounding Police Investigation of Kindergarten Child Abuse Is Censored

"In a matter of a few minutes, thousands of questions popped up...Then in a matter of a few seconds, all the comments vanished and the comment function was closed."

4 December 2017

Russians Are Unimpressed With the 2018 Presidential Election Logo (and Have Ideas for Improvement)

RuNet Echo

So far, the logo challenge has been the most exciting part of the campaign where Putin is expected to run and win even by his most vocal opponents.

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