Global Voices (53)

Seventy-Two Years Later, Japan Remembers the End of a Devastating War

Prime Minister Abe's remarks on the anniversary of the end of World War II did not express Japan's guilt. The emperor's remarks expressed feelings of "deep remorse".

A Kenyan Artist Designs Revolutionary 'Kanga' Celebrating Queer Love Around the World

"We need to open up a space to talk more about sex, and then artists like me want to open that up even more, to talk about queerness."

A Day After the Attack at Las Ramblas, Barcelona Says #NoTincPor: 'I Am Not Afraid'

"We have to look for more causes other than pure irrational hatred."

In Paraguay, Your Health Data and Credit Records Can Be Used Against You

The uncontrolled use of personal data means your financial past and health information can be used against you when applying for jobs, enrolling in schools and much more...

Malaysian Political Cartoonist Zunar Sues Police for Unlawful Arrest, Seizure of Books

"You can ban my books, you can ban my cartoons, but you cannot ban my mind. I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink."

'You Can Lock Up Our Bodies, But Not Our Minds': Hong Kong Court Sends 16 Activists to Prison

"The appeal and jail sentence is a form of institutional violence and political suppression – it has 'created' the youngest group of political prisoners since the handover."

Netizen Report: US Tech Company Bans White Supremacist Group for Being 'Assholes'

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

InfoBus Provides Remaining Calais Asylum Seekers and Migrants With WiFi and Information

Dismantling the Jungle has not gotten rid of the migrants in Calais. An organization is helping those that remain to communicate by providing Wifi access, portable devices, and information.

In Tunisia's 'State of Emergency', a New Police Protection Law Could Allow More Abuse , With Impunity

Supported by the interior ministry and police unions, the bill is being criticized by human rights groups.

Palestinian Journalists Become First Targets of Controversial Cybercrime Law

The journalists were accused of "leaking information to hostile entities" under a newly-adopted cybercrime law.

Banning School-Going Mums Probably Won't Reduce Teen Pregnancy in Tanzania

President John Magufuli has chastised NGOs in Tanzania for encouraging teenage mothers to go back to school, stating that they were leading to a state of "moral decay" in Tanzania.

Deadly Floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal Wreak Havoc

At least 6 million people were affected by the floods in Nepal's Terai region and more than 48,000 homes were submerged.

Register Now for the Global Voices Summit 2017: December 2-3 in Colombo, Sri Lanka!

The GV Summit 2017 is open for registration! Join us in Colombo to discuss the evolving state of the open Internet, online civic movements and rights in the digital age.

Why Is the Biggest Sugar Mill in Western Cuba Economically and Environmentally Inefficient?

For years, the biggest sugar mill in Western Cuba has had the worst harvest.

Indigenous Nepali Language With Only Two Fluent Speakers Sees Pages of Hope in Newly Launched Dictionary

Kusunda, a dying language of Nepal with only a few speakers, gets a new book containing the history and culture of the endangered tribe which will help save the language.

Indigenous Nepali Language with Only Two Fluent Speakers Sees Pages of Hope in Newly-Launched Dictionary

Kusunda, a dying language of Nepal with only a few speakers, gets a new book containing the history and culture of the endangered tribe which will help save the language.

Register Now for the Global Voices Summit 2017: December 2-3 in Colombo, Sri Lanka!

TheGV Summit 2017 is open for registration! Join us in Colombo to discuss the evolving state of the open Internet, online civic movements and human rights in the digital age.

Global NGOs Call for the Release of Cambodian Land Rights Activist Tep Vanny

Even though I am in jail, I am handcuffed and I am wearing prison uniform, the reality is that I am forever innocent.'

Three Generations of Jamaican Textile Artists Reflect Strong Women's Voices

Unresolved injustices are not acceptable With this exhibition, I chose to focus on creating a space for healing, of sanctuaries for those to whom justice has been unrequited.'

A Viral Rap Battle Has Everyone in Russia—Including Business Journalists and Politicians—Talking

Even opposition leader Alexey Navalny weighed in, saying despite the profanity, the raps are "100 times more cultural than any comedy show or song contest you see on state television."

Family Farmers in Paraguay Facing Debt Crisis Demand Government Accountability

Thousands of farmers have been marching for over a month, demanding a government response to the crisis threatening to destroy family farming as a viable economic model.

Reformist Members of Iran's Parliament Push to Free Green Movement Leaders Under House Arrest

Reformist members of Iran's Parliament have established the Committee to Seek an End to House Arrests following the recent hospitalization of 79-year-old political opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi.

Tata Genaro Ramírez: The Farmer Who Revived the Nawat Language in El Salvador

Genaro inspired a new generation of Náhuat teachers, he launched the enthusiasm for the documentation of the language, broke taboos, and made the language known in El Salvador.

'Dagdag Gastos' Calculator Debunks Philippine Government Claim That Tax Reform Will Benefit the Poor

"Ultimately, more Filipino families will have to shoulder added expenses to their already gravely inadequate incomes."

Tata Genaro Ramírez: The Farmer Who Revived the Náhuat Language in El Salvador

Genaro inspired a new generation of Náhuat teachers, he launched the enthusiasm for the documentation of the language, broke taboos, and made the language known in El Salvador.

2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winner Trinidadian Ingrid Persaud Talks Writing

"When you are not writing, you should be reading. Writers are never off duty."

On Anniversary of Nagasaki Bombing, Japanese Government Criticized For Refusing to Sign Ban on Nuclear Weapons

Whose country are you leader of anyway?' — a representative of survivors of the 1945 bombing lashes out at Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

China's Taobao Faces Storm For Selling Personalised Messages Delivered by African Children

"Disgraceful! Taobao should put an end to these shops and investigate vendors for false advertising and malicious anti-black racism!"

Jamaica Police Review Absolves Officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion

The Jamaican Constabulary Force's assessment of its actions during the 2010 state of emergency is being interpreted as "defensive and dismissive in a manner that is not appropriate or useful."

Thailand's Broadcasting Authority Suspends TV Network That Called Junta Leader a Dictator

"The order punishes the entire station including all programs regardless of content, and all personnel regardless of role."

Music Group Bokanté Serves Up Songs in the Key of Creole

The fusion of West African music, Mississippi Delta blues and Caribbean rhythms are what the band Bokanté is all about.

A Young Engineer From Niger Is Taking on Industrial Air Pollution With His Invention

The T-shaped device captures the CO2-containing heavy substances from the fumes via an affinity-based chemical assay that binds CO2 particles.

Amid Efforts to Clean Up Corruption, Uzbekistan's President Calls Prosecutors 'Trash'

"I am sorry, but I don't like prosecutors at all…. I was a district chairman, a province chairman and I know very well how these unscrupulous people behave."

Record-Breaking Action Movie 'Wolf Warriors 2′ Takes Chinese Nationalism to a New Level

"This movie is horrible and unreasonable, a dream of idiotic patriotism."

Paddling Against Pollution: One Man's Mission to Protect Iraq's Rivers for Future Generations

For the past seven years, Nabil Musa has been traveling around Iraq on a one-man mission to promote the importance of clean waterways for current and future generations.

India Bans the Internet Archive and More Than 2,600 File-Sharing Websites to Protect Bollywood

The ban is the result of a court ruling, based on the petitions of two Bollywood producers, to stop file-sharing websites from distributing pirated copies of recently released movies.

She Dared to Say Pakistan's Most Popular Politician Harassed Her. Then Came the Abuse.

"I wish someone would throw acid on Gulalai's face". The smear campaign against the female tribal politician has been especially fierce on Twitter.

Thousands of Families Face Forced Eviction From Their Homes Over Sardar Sarovar Dam in India

One activist movement launched a hunger strike to support the dam's victims, but police forcibly removed the leader from the protest site by police and shifted her to a hospital.

Young Peruvians Trade Weapons for Shears and Razors

Ingenious solutions to big problems. Barbering becomes an alternative to crime for Peru's youngsters.

Rights Group Website and Columnist's Blog Become Latest Targets of Egypt's Censorship Campaign

From May 24 to August 6, Egyptian authorities blocked 133 websites, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.

Jokes, Hashtags and Fake News: The Story of Social Media in Kenya's Closely Contested Election

This year's campaign has made history as the most affected by the spread of fake news, a recent study showed.

Afghanistan's Government Stood by as Militants Unleashed Hell on a Hazara Village

The capture of Mirzaolang by Taliban-led militants is the latest shocking brutality inflicted on the long-suffering ethnic group.

Jordanian Rapper Emsallam Hdaib Talks About LGBTQ+ Rights, Freedom of Expression, and Resistance

Sometimes it feels like Jordan is an open air prison especially when you think of visiting the nearest countries to it.'

In Highly Criticized Stunt, Chinese Reporter Drinks River Water to Prove It's Clean

"This reporter can definitely advance in his career. Come, there is a position in the Environmental Bureau. Come take the position."

'Troll-in-Chief'? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Admits Hiring Online Defenders During 2016 Election

The study found out that $200,000 were spent to fund the pro-Duterte troll army composed of 400 to 500 individuals.

What's Behind the Success of Satirical Media in Hong Kong?

"The reason why Most100's parodies are so popular is related to the reality that people cannot change society and so they can only take pleasure in satires."

Secular Voices in the Balkan States Oppose Religious Education in Public Schools

Why do they call it 'religious science' when it's not a science, but a subject about beliefs. So it needs to be called 'religious beliefs'.'

A Team of Women Is Unearthing the Forgotten Legacy of Harvard's Women 'Computers'

Yes, look at...modern women who people associate with the space-based sciences, but go back further...They've always been there. As long as they could be, they were there.'

Syrian Town of Arbin Picks Up the Pieces After Deadly Airstrike During Truce

"This act is in violation of international norms and laws, a breach of the ceasefire agreement."

Despite Pressure From China, Taiwan Finds Ways to Participate on the World Stage

"'The world' is not the world outside the window. 'The world' is the water in a fish tank, and we are all fish in this tank."