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30 August 2015

Why Indigenous Communities in Mexico need Community Self-Defence

"Today, the community suffers not only at the hands of criminal groups but also at those of the Federal Police and the Army of Mexico."

Urban Planning Project Puts One of the World's Most Populated Cities to the Test

The urban area of Mexico City is home to more than 21 million people and when an ambitious urban plan is looking to redesign the heart of the city, it...

29 August 2015

A Week Before a Huge Vote, Demonstrators Fill Guatemala's Streets, Calling For President to Step Down

University students, peasants, families, indigenous groups, artists, cities, towns, hospitals, and more are rapidly joining calls for President Otto Pérez Molina to step down.

India Has a Less-Than-Rosy Track Record on Media Freedom

The government recently threatened to pull the licenses of three news channels over criticism of the execution of Yakub Menon, convicted of the 1993 Mumbai bombings.

28 August 2015

The Lebanese Protest Against the Trash Crisis Creatively

The Lebanese people show some humor and creativity in the way they protest. Over 20,000 people took to the streets in Beirut last weekend carrying all kinds of signs

Argentina Has Had Decades of Democracy, But Why Do the Disappearances Continue?

Despite 32 years of democracy, thousands of people—particularly women and young girls—are still unaccounted for in Argentina. And more keep disappearing.

Is Telegram's Compliance with Iran Compromising the Digital Security of Its Users?

Global Voices Advocacy

Telegram has been complying with the Iranian government to block features, a cause for privacy concerns on a platform that boasts secure communication.

Mother Nature Hits ‘Nature Isle’ Dominica Hard With Tropical Storm Erika

"Nature gave the Nature Isle a rough make over" as the first major tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season hit the Caribbean island of Dominica.

It's About Time to End Female Genital Mutilation in the Only Latin American Country Where It Still Exists

Female genital mutilation is a practice usually associated with African countries, but in some indigenous communities in Colombia it's still being practiced.

27 August 2015

Is Turkey Turning Time Back Towards the Dreaded Nineties?

The Bridge

Turkey will host snap elections in November against a background of fear, anger and violence. Is this the way President Erdoğan wanted it?

No, India, Hindi Will Not Take Over Without a Fight

People all across India are pushing back against government policies and new trends in human migration that have made the imposition of the Hindi language a sensitive political issue.

26 August 2015

This Is What Happened When a Ukrainian Film Director Was Sentenced to 20 Years in a Russian Prison

RuNet Echo

When Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was sentenced to 20 years in a high-security Russian prison on terrorism charges, Russian and Ukrainian Internet users were less than pleased.

Uruguay, Chile and Brazil Lead South America in Download Speeds

Uruguay had the best ranking in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean's report, while Bolivia, Paraguay, and Venezuela came in last.

Dismissal of Mexico Coach Sparks Debate Over Freedom of Speech

A dispute between a Mexican football coach and a sports reporter who criticized him has resulted in physical assault and sparked a debate about the freedom of speech.

24 August 2015

The Story of Salim Alaradi, a Canadian National of Libyan Origin Detained in the UAE

Libyan-born Canadian Salim Alaradi has been in a UAE prison for a year, with no charges or access to a lawyer. His 17-year-old daughter is campaigning for his freedom online.

A Japanese Woman’s Impressive Appetite Leaves the Internet Hungry for More

Yuka Kinoshita has gained famed for the sheer amount of food she can pack away. She uploads her videos to YouTube.

‘Why Does the Thai Government Want to Destroy Krabi With Coal Power Plant?’

The government is proposing to build a coal plant in Krabi to boost local power supply, but it also threatens to destroy a popular tourism destination and protected environment site.

Think You're So Clever, Wikipedia? Russian Censors Are Blocking You Anyway

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Though Wikipedia has tried to circumvent Russian censors' demands to remove content, the Kremlin seems intent on blocking the website at all costs.

Ecuador Cancels Visa for a Franco-Brazilian Journalist Assaulted During Protest

"Hostility to journalists, the media and activists has increased in Ecuador, and attacks on freedom of expression are becoming more frequent."

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