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19 December 2014

Is India Ready for the ‘Big Time’ in World Sports?

When it comes to many world sports, India is considered a "sleeping giant". As the nation expands its presence in football and tennis, interest in the "giant" is rising.

A High-Rise Condo Tower Is Photobombing the Philippines’ National Hero

The 49-storey Torre de Manila has been dubbed the "Terror de Manila" by critics for allegedly ruining the view of the Rizal monument in Luneta Park.

Murder of LGBTQ Activist Renews Venezuela’s Human Rights Debate

The murder of Giniveth Soto, a gender-equality activist, has launched at least two major, nationwide public debates about urban violence and threats same-sex couples face in Venezuela.

18 December 2014

The Russian Internet Is Not Free. A New Tax Might Make It Even Worse.

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The Russian government is now considering its own variant of an Internet tax, and wants to make all Russian Internet users pay for consuming copyrighted content online.

Global Voices Contributor Thalia Rahme, ‘a Mix of Everything’

Lebanese blogger and GV volunteer Thalia Rahme talks about what makes her, her city of Beirut and Global Voices unique.

Hong Kong Police's Arrest of Teen ‘Shopping’ Protesters Sparks Concern

Human rights activists worry that Hong Kong police are targeting minors participating in "shopping" pro-democracy protests. Young activists may not be aware of their legal rights.

17 December 2014

Castro and Obama Open New Chapter on US-Cuba Relations

Cubans on both sides of the Florida Straits are overwhelmed, elated, speechless. But as both presidents noted, the embargo is codified in legislation that only the US Congress can change.

Anti-Coup Activist Says Thai Officials Threatened Her with Rape

She was detained at an International Human Rights Day event in Bangkok after she and another person made the three-fingered "Hunger Games" salute, which is banned in Thailand.

Serbia Arrests 11 Foreign Human Rights Activists Ahead of Protest

Amnesty International has requested that Serbian authorities release eleven activists from Bulgaria, Finland, and Slovakia who were in Serbia to hold peaceful protests during the CEE-China Summit in Belgrade.

The Pakistanis Choosing Light Over Darkness After the Horrific Peshawar School Attack

As the last of the hostages were rescued at an army-run school in Peshawar, where 145 were killed by six Taliban gunmen, Pakistanis tried to find light in the darkness.

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