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18 November 2014

Japan's Appetite Is Pushing Bluefin Tuna to the Brink

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has placed bluefin tuna on its Red List of endangered species. Japan consumes about a quarter of the world's tuna catch.

At Home and Around the World, Supporters Demand Justice for Vietnamese Blogger Dang Xuan Dieu

Global Voices Advocacy

A former inmate released from detention last month revealed that the activist blogger is being tortured in prison. Supporters in Vietnam and around the world are campaigning for his release.

Tens of Thousands Demand Justice for Typhoon Haiyan Victims in the Philippines

"They cry every time they retell their stories. And not just because they lost loved ones and what little properties they had during the storm."

17 November 2014

There's a Dark Side to Alibaba's Massive Profits in China

Alibaba made $9.3 billion on China's Single's Day, a popular online shopping day. But much of its success is due to its cooperation with the Chinese government in punishing dissidents.

15 November 2014

TV Host Replaced on Orders of Thai Junta

The program host was dismissed after featuring interviews with farmers and rural villagers about their thoughts on the country's political situation.

Chinese Fishermen Are Poaching Coral From Japanese Waters

"Beautiful coral that has taken years for nature to create are being uprooted. The maritime ecosystem of the sea around the Bonin Islands is being destroyed."

14 November 2014

Japanese Police in Full Riot Gear Raid Kyoto University Dormitory

"The police look just like the stormtroopers from Star Wars. It's disgusting that we're living in a police state like this."

11 November 2014

At London Premiere, Demonstrators Say the Real ‘Hunger Games’ Is in Thailand

Thai students in London demonstrated outside the premiere of the popular film "The Hunger Games," calling attention to real-life threats to democracy in their home country.

Myanmar's Child Refugees Share Their Stories Through Visual Art

Rising Voices

Based on a series of workshops with young refugees from Burma, American author Erika Berg is planning a book that compiles artwork by the children in her seminars.

9 November 2014

Thai Student Activist Says Military Junta Is Monitoring Her Actions

Nattanan Warintarawet, who vocally defends free assembly and expression, spoke with Global Voices about her experience in promoting reforms in the military-backed government of Thailand.

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