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19 September 2014

Minority Scholar Ilham Tohti Denies Chinese Authorities’ Accusation That He Led a Double Life at Separatism Trial

Lawyers for Ilham Tohti said the prominent Uyghur scholar was chained with leg irons and denied access to food and warm clothes while detained. The verdict is due next week.

Bollywood Actress Deepika Padukone: ‘Yes! I Am a Woman. I Have Breasts and a Cleavage! You Got a Problem?!’

An entertainment news portal tweeted a screenshot of Padukone in the film "Finding Fanny" along with the comment "Deepika's cleavage show." The actress and numerous others hit back on Twitter.

18 September 2014

Why Is It Such a Controversy to Start the School Day at 9am in South Korea?

Some schools in South Korea have adopted a new "9am late-start system," provoking a nationwide debate about reforming the way children are educated and mature.

16 September 2014

Criticizing the Government Could Get You Arrested in Malaysia. Is it Time to Repeal the Sedition Act?

The law was passed in 1948 and it has been used ever since to harass the opposition

15 September 2014

Fiji's Pacific Climate Warriors Are Ready to Stand Up for Climate Change Action

A photo series offers a glimpse of Fiji's "Pacific climate warriors" as they prepare to fight for their very existence against climate change.

Who Says You Can Block Google? Chinese Citizen Sues Telco, Demands Answers

Global Voices Advocacy

The Chinese government has a heavy hand when it comes to online content. But exactly which government authorities set Internet censorship policy? A citizen lawsuit against China Unicom seeks answers.

13 September 2014

Keiko Tsuyama Is Breaking the Odds as a Japanese Journalist Covering the United States

Keiko Tsuyama talks about her career reporting on America and why people should be paying attention to the US military base planned for Japan's Henoko and Oura Bay.

A Group of University Students in Kyoto Want Japan, China and Korea to Just Be ‘Happy’

Relations between the three countries are often prickly because of territorial and historical disputes. A group of students made a 'Happy' video to promote a message of friendship.

One of the Latest ‘Happy’ Tribute Videos Comes From Sikkim, High in India's Himalayas

The song “Happy”, written, produced, and performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, became a viral phenomenon earlier this year as countless tribute videos filmed around the world were...

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