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28 May 2015

The Boomerang Effect: Why Would Tajikistan's Special Forces Chief Join ISIS?

"This is the most well-made film of a Tajik IS fighter. Unsurprisingly, they have quickly used [him] for recruitment purposes."

No Protection for Quetta's Vulnerable Child Garbage Sellers

Like thousands of other children in Balochistan's capital city Quetta, 12 year-old Jummah and 11 year-old Razzaq are forced into child labor because of extreme poverty.

Did Russia Just Effectively Outlaw Internet Anonymizers?

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A Russian court has ruled to block a webpage for being "an anonymizer," raising concerns that tools like Tor and other anonymizing proxy services might soon be banned wholesale.

What You Need to Know to About Growing Opposition to Peru's Tía María Mining Project

Resistance by Peruvian farmers to the planned Tía María mining operation has increased in the last few weeks. Here is some background on the origins of the conflict.

Migrant Tragedies: ‘Behind the Statistics Are Individual Life Stories and Grieving Families’

"If Africa's youth comes to believe that its future lies elsewhere, it will be impossible to solve the issue of migration," says Souleymane Bachir Diagne.

Violence Once Again Shakes Mexico With Disappearance of At Least 30 People

"Tlatlaya, Ayotzinapa, and now Chilapa… does anyone still doubt that President Peña has lost control of the country?"

27 May 2015

Americans Could Soon Benefit from a Lung Cancer Vaccine Developed in Cuba

Now that relations between US and Cuba are improving, the US wants to see if it can benefit from the vaccine.

New Messaging App by Iran's Basij Militia Gives State Access to All Conversations

Global Voices Advocacy

The app will use servers owned and controlled by the Basij, thus allowing easy access to and monitoring of all user conversations by the paramilitary group and intelligence agents.

Why a Meme Compares China's Flood of Retail Investors to a Pig at Slaughter

After months of touting for rising prices, the Communist Party newspaper People's Daily posted a cautionary note this month, warning that stock trading is “high risk.”

Robot Commenters Accidentally Expose Themselves on China's Weibo Platform

Global Voices Advocacy

Patrick Wong contributed to this post. Chinese netizens are having a good laugh over the mechanized missteps of government-controlled robot commenters, who have been criticizing messages sent by their own...

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