Global Voices (42)

Speaking of Independence Is Getting Harder for Hong Kongers

"The universities can say they don't support Hong Kong independence, but students and teachers should have the freedom of speech to discuss Hong Kong independence."

Evidence of Government Surveillance in Mexico Continues to Mount

Intrusive technologies used to intimidate and silence dissent continue to be used in Mexico.

German Anti-Immigrant Party Targets Russian-German Voters With a Xenophobic Ad

The ad was highly criticized. One German woman wrote, "...because I'm all for fighting for our country, I'm considering suing you and your 'party' for incitement of ethnic hatred..."

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

In Ukraine, Fears of 'Technological Terrorism' Cause Free Expression to Decline

State of Internet freedom in Ukraine is a reflection of challenges brought to free speech and independent reporting under the conflict settings, explains legal expert Olga Kyryliuk.

For Some Stunning Photos of Japan, Check Out Tokyo Camera Club

Whether you live in Tokyo or not, anyone can submit an image to be considered for Tokyo Camera Club's feed, as long as the photo is of someplace in Japan.

Indigenous Rappers from Brazil Are Using the Internet to Bring Their Message to the Masses

I speak the truth, I don't want to be like you/I sing about various issues and with that I am showing/That indigenous voices are the voices of today.'

The Conflict in Eastern Ethiopia, Explained

The latest conflict in Ethiopia killed at least dozens of people and displaced thousands. The cause of the violence again was scarce water and land resources.

A Conversation with Paraguayan Artist Enrique Collar and His Search for Identity

"Art is uncomfortable, you can never feel comfortable," says Paraguayan artist Enrique Collar who is now living in The Netherlands.

Mexico's Appeal for an Impartial Federal Prosecutor General

Mexico's ruling party wants one of its members to become the Federal Prosecutor General. Many believe this represents a conflict of interest.

Exploring Identities: Kazakhstan's Planned Shift to the Latin Alphabet

"Arguments against the adoption of Latin are inherently grounded in imperial Russian or Soviet ideology."

Vending Machines Around the World that Japanese People Find Surprising

Japan is often considered to have some of the world's most unusual vending machines, but there are a few in other countries giving them a run for their money.

Estonian President Warns of 'Self-Occupation,' Prompting Praise and Political Spin

Estonian president's remarks against close-minded nationalism received different political interpretations abroad, obscuring her focus on the real challenges -- technological change, including the globalization of workforce.

Estonian President Warns of 'Self-Occupation,' Prompting Praise and Political Spin

Estonian president's remarks against close-minded nationalism received different political interpretations abroad, obscuring her focus on the real challenges - technological change, including the globalization of workforce.

Thousands of Indians Take to Streets Seeking Justice for Murdered Journalist Gauri Lankesh

"There has rarely been a period of such constructed, deliberate terror and hatred. We are up against the largest machine of hate."

Netizen Report: Online Supporters of Myanmar's Rohingya Face Censorship, Legal Threats

Salvadoran journalists face violent threats on social media, Japanese activists stomp on hateful tweets and Chile doubles down on data retention.

Adopted Georgian Journalist Launches Bid for City Assembly in Capital Tbilisi

"The problems of Saburtalo – chaotic construction, urban transport and lack of green cover – are the problems of the city as a whole."

What's the Value of Human Rights? According to the Philippines House of Representatives, $20.

The lower house voted to slash the Commission on Human Rights' budget to just 1,000 pesos, accusing the body of protecting "criminals" over victims in the country's war on drugs.

Ugandan Police Investigate a Serial Murder Spree Targeting Women

"It is so saddening that we have not got the actual suspects. The manner in which some of the women are being killed is very terrible and humiliating."

Among a Rising Tide of Extremism in Syria, Women's Freedoms Hang in the Balance

Extremist groups like ISIS, Hezbollah and al-Nusra are undermining the freedoms that Syria's women and girls enjoyed, which were a longtime strength of Syrian society.

Teen Killings Show How Vulnerable Communities Suffer the Brunt of the Philippine Government's 'War on Drugs'

"This could happen to anyone as Duterte continually encourages the police to kill without due process, plant evidence, and cover up in the course of his bloody 'war on drugs'."

The 17-Century Peruvian Saint With a 21st-Century Social Media Presence

"We have more than 100,000 likes and 100,000 followers on Facebook! Let's keep sharing!"

The Indigenous Tharu People of Nepal Risk Losing Their Once-Mandatory Art of Tattooing

We don't take anything with us when we die, but I will take these tattoos. It is a gift of this life and this nature to take to my afterlife.

Kashmiri Journalists and Activists Face Twitter Censorship at Indian Government's Request

"It is an attempt at intimidating those who post the truth that will never be shown by Indian media."

Keeping His Story Alive: The Creative Legacy of Bassel Khartabil

One month after his execution was confirmed, friends honour Bassel Khartabil through art, song and new opportunities for open technology innovators.

Taiwanese Activist Was Forced to Confess on Camera to 'Smearing the Chinese Government,' Allies Say

"...if you see Lee Mingche confess against his will in court....please forgive him. This is just another drama staged by the Chinese government."

Journalist Faces Defamation Probe for Comparing Indonesia's Treatment of West Papua with Myanmar's Rohingya

Dandhy posted his comments on Facebook following a rally condemning the Myanmar government for its treatment of Rohingya refugees.

Automatic Speech Recognition Project Seeks to Revitalize the Quechua Languages

Can you imagine computers, smartphones and robots that speak Quechua? A Peruvian engineer's work aims to do just that.

China Makes Chat Group Administrators , i.e. Regular Users , Criminally Liable for Unlawful Messages

Chat group administrators are becoming a key human resource in China's internet control infrastructure.

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan: Once Deadly Foes, Now BFF?

"The sensation is in the goodwill of the Uzbek leader. Mirziyoyev is so open, friendly, and well-wishing. It can only bring us delight."

Singaporeans Face Police Investigation After Holding Candlelight Vigil for Executed Migrant Worker

When a nonviolent vigil for a man about to be hanged is deemed 'illegal assembly' worthy of a police investigation, it's time to rethink public order and freedom of assembly.

The Stories Behind DACA, the Now-Ended Program for Young Undocumented Immigrants in the US

"The term American should not be defined by a document or the lack of one, but more so the willingness to contribute to the country and help others out..."

At Twitter's Tokyo Office, Protesters Stomp on Hateful Tweets

About one hundred demonstrators gathered outside Twitter Japan's Tokyo headquarters to demand that the company do more to rein in harassment and hate speech on its network.

An Immigrant, Activist and Attorney's Hard Truths on DACA

DACA's beneficiaries must feel a deep sense of betrayal. But it is equally important that we demand more than the continuation of policies that provided only fragile and temporary benefits.

Violence in Northwest Myanmar Sparks an Information War Online with Anti-Rohingya Hate Speech and Fake Photos

Malicious propaganda, hate speech, and false photos are making it difficult to verify information coming from the conflict in northwest Myanmar.

Pioneering Theatre in Azerbaijan Offers a Stage to Actors with Disabilities

This is not a social project, it's not a hobby, we are working professionally.'

#TheOccupation of Wikipolitics: A Collective Commitment to Democratic Reinvention in Mexico

"We're convinced that this new way of doing politics, fair, in solidarity, respectful, generous and joyful, has to get to every corner of this country".

#PotongSteam: Malaysian Gamers Blast Blocking of Website Over 'Fight of Gods' Video Game

"First they come for , but I am not political. Then they come for the gamers..."

An Anonymous Psych Patient Is Now Acclaimed as a Master Artist of the Immigrant Experience

For years, Mexican artist Martín Ramírez was only known as a psychiatric patient who made drawings. That narrative is changing.

Irma: A Meditation on Hurricanes and the Bahamas

"I do not believe that Bahamians should fear hurricanes the way we do...I believe we should look hard at ourselves and work out why we handle major storms so well."

Azerbaijan Runs $2.9 Billion 'Laundromat' but Soros and the 'Armenian Lobby' Are to Blame

"The Azerbaijani operation...was likely designed primarily to obscure the origin and destination of dirty money."

The Population of Nepal's Naumuthe Cow, One of the World's Smallest Cattle Breeds, Is Dwindling

There are only 447 individuals of the Achhami cattle breed left.