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27 May 2015

No Extra Time for FIFA Caribbean Officials as US Justice Department Lays Indictments

There's a frenzy on Caribbean social media today, following the announcement that the US Department of Justice indicted 9 FIFA officials and 5 corporate executives for racketeering, conspiracy, and corruption.

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.

A Guide to Resources on the Palestinian Nakba, Memory and Identity

Joey Ayoub digs into a list of resources to learn about the 1948 Palestinian exodus, also known as the Nakba, as well as memory and identity.

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...

26 May 2015

Ukrainian and Russian Users Petition Facebook to ‘Stop Political Blocking’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainians and Russians are petitioning Facebook on the Change.org website to protest what they insist is an ongoing issue: unwarranted and biased blocking of Ukrainian and Russian Facebook profiles.

Bangladesh Wants ‘Third Gender’ Hijras to Serve as Traffic Police

Hijras often face widespread discrimination and are shut out of employment opportunities. Bangladesh wants to recruit them as traffic police to help change that.

Philippines’ Deadliest Ever Factory Fire Linked to Lax Labor Standards

An initial probe reveals that the factory violated several occupational health and safety standards, despite the government's assurances to the contrary.

After Earthquakes, Nepal Faces Looming Danger of Landslides

After the earthquake, 547 landslides have occurred in 19 districts and there will be more due to heavy rain during the monsoon season.

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