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10 July 2018

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter set to return to Pakistan to appeal corruption convictions

"This judgment is a major development in the war against corruption, and every corrupt must be brought to the book who has robbed the country."

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of July 2-8, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 203 countries. Number 19 on the list? Madagascar. And number 114? Timor-Leste.

9 July 2018

Chinese mobile phone cameras are not-so-secretly recording users’ activities

Advox

This design feature has given Chinese mobile users a tangible sense of exactly when and how they are being monitored.

Kashmiris are once again in mourning after Indian army fires on protesters, killing three

A 16-year-old girl named Andleeb Jan was among the dead.

‘Apartheid couldn’t have happened without that spatial carving up of the landscape’

"In South Africa, certainly, architecture was always complicit in oppression. Apartheid might have been a political and social structure, but it was also a physical one," says architect Lesley Lokko.

Uganda's tax on social media will widen the digital gender gap

Advox

"When I interviewed women living in...a slum in Kampala, I learned that for them, WhatsApp and Facebook are the internet...with the new tax, they will be cut off altogether."

7 July 2018

Censorship in Uzbekistan: The more things change, the more they stay the same?

Advox

We last spoke with Umida Akhmedova before Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov died in 2016. Is life any easier for artists now he is gone?

6 July 2018

Ugandans say #NoToSocialMediaTax because it exploits women, youth and the poor

Advox

Ugandans are saying #NoToSocialMediaTax because it is unconstitutional, increases poverty, targets youth, and exacerbates the digital divide.

#NoToSocialMediaTax: Join Global Voices for a July 9 tweetathon against Uganda's social media tax

Advox

Freedom is free, not taxed. Global Voices supports the #NotoSocialMediaTax campaign in Uganda.

5 July 2018

First comprehensive study on child abuse in Madagascar points to alarming level of violence

89% of children report having suffered from domestic abuse at least once and 30% of minors in the island have had a child.

Months after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Dominica launches a tree-planting campaign, but is it enough?

"The young farmers and even some of the older heads can't afford fertilizers and chemicals to treat our farms. Why can't the farmers be treated better in this little country?"

Wrongly labeled as ‘foreign agents’, Russian environmentalists face regulatory punishment — and violent threats

Instead of recognition as patriots striving to protect the nature of their homeland, Russian environmentalists get labelled as “foreign agents” by the state, experience pressure, and suffer physical attacks.

4 July 2018

What were Global Voices’ readers up to last week?

During the week of June 25-July 1, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 197 countries. Number 19 on the list? Angola. And number 185? Seychelles.

The threat of a restrictive NGO law looms over Slovakia

"Mr. Fico and Mr. Pellegrini. The main motivation of our protests is Jano and Martina. If you disrespect it with conspiracy theories, you are laughing at the motivation"

Authorities blame air conditioning as Azerbaijan plunges into darkness

"As soon as he got on the phone, all he could talk about was the heat inside the jail."

A mother in the minefields: Women work to make disputed Nagorno Karabakh a safer place

Years after the conflict between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over Nagorno Karabakh peaked, the disputed region was still posting 20 or more civilian casualties from landmines annually.

3 July 2018

Lebanese journalist sentenced to prison in absentia, for ‘defaming’ foreign minister on Facebook

Advox

From exile in the UK, Fidaa Itani says the sentence marks the end of an era for free expression in Lebanon.

Cambodia's government claims upcoming election will be free, fair and plural—but civil society says otherwise

The government has dissolved the main opposition party, placed restrictions on election observers, expanded its control of the internet and social media, and filed tax charges against critical media outlets,

2 July 2018

The ‘future belongs’ to Afghanistan's spinning cricket star Rashid Khan

Sachin Tendulkar, a retired Indian batsman often viewed as the greatest of all time, says Khan is the best spin bowler in T20I cricket.

In the face of nation-wide violent deaths, Nigerians seek a better deal

"We are gravely concerned about the rising spate of killings across the country, especially the communal clashes between farmers and herders and attacks by bandits across at least 17 states."

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