Identity Theft Risk Prompts Estonia to Block the Certificates of 760,000 ID Cards

Screenshot from a promotional video about Estonian ID cards from government's website e-Estonia.com. On November 4, 2017 the Estonian authorities disabled the certificates of more than 760,000 national electronic ID cards due to a security vulnerability that could have compromised cards issued between October 16, 2014 and October 26, 2017, and possibly even earlier. More…

Donate to Global Voices—Help Us Keep Connecting the World

November 28 is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to global generosity of all kinds, and we're hoping that Global Voices is one of the organizations whose work you'll support this year by making a donation. Our organisation stands out as one of the earliest and strongest examples of how media committed to building community and defending human rights can…

How Chinese See the Fall of Their Country’s Old Friend Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe during a visit in August 2014. Photo from Chinese state news agency Xinhua. As political and military forces in Zimbabwe move to push longtime President Robert Mugabe from power, Chinese are watching the possible removal of a man many describe as a dictator with interest. Mugabe, 93, has…

Glimpses of Hope as Dominica Rebuilds After Hurricane Maria

A screenshot from the time lapse film “Dominica on the Move”, by Yuri A. Jones. In an effort to track citizen media stories of hope and resilience after the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season that wreaked havoc on several islands along the Caribbean archipelago, Global Voices recently entered into a partnership with Covela Foundation and the Organisation…

Japanese Students Practice Taking Cover for Missiles Passing Overhead. But What About a Direct Attack?

Caption: “North Korea Missiles: drills do not include scenario for damage to nuclear power plants. Screencap from ANN YouTube channel. After civil defense drills were organized for the first time in local schools, some residents in Japan's Fukui Prefecture are expressing concerns that there are no instructions on what to do in the event of…

As Critiques of UN Peacekeeping Missions Grow, Africa Seeks Peace on its own Terms

Indian military doctors attend to a child in Kiwanja, the Democratic Republic of Congo via The Blue Berets. CC BY-SA 2.0 United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions are ubiquitous on the African continent despite growing critiques of inefficacy. Peacekeepers work in cooperation with African military troops with increasingly broad mandates including civilian protection, counterinsurgency operations, and…

Musicians Think There’s #NoGreaterTime to Advocate for Change in Trinidad & Tobago

The group of creatives behind the musical initiative for change, #NoGreaterTime. Photo courtesy the group, used with permission. Just about a year ago, soca singer Kees Dieffenthaller, spoken word artist Muhammad Muwakil, designer Anya Ayoung Chee, music producer Keron “Sheriff” Thompson and other Trinidad and Tobago-based creatives came together to create the project, No Greater…

In Kyrgyzstan, Sheep Sacrificed to Stem Car Crash Scourge

Sheep image from pexels.com (CC0). The following is a partner post from EurasiaNet.org written by Nurjamal Djanibekova. Republished with permission. Local officials and religious leaders in southern Kyrgyzstan ritually sacrificed a sheep this week in the hope of stemming the persistent scourge of car accidents along the country’s highways. Their ceremony was only partly symbolic. An imam from the town of…

In Macedonia and Serbia, Right-Wing Politicians Make Their Followers Swoon—Literally

Screenshots from the videos depicting the fainting incidents involving the supporters of Aleksandar Vučić and Nikola Gruevski. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia and former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of Macedonia have several things in common. Both politicians belong to populist, conservative political parties. In fact, ruling Serbian political party SNS and Macedonia's VMRO-DPMNE are…

Another Muslim Man Is Murdered in India’s Rajasthan by Cow Vigilantes

Screenshot from YouTube video on Gau Rakshaks by 101 India With cow vigilantism seemingly on the rise and hardline Hindu nationalism taking root in India, hooligans calling themselves “Gau Rakshaks” (“Cow Protectors”) shot a Muslim man to death who they accused of smuggling cows. The murder of Umar Mohammad in Rajasthan's Alwar district on November 10 was yet another instance of…

Mezcal: The Rebirth of a Traditional Mexican Drink

Left: The maguey plant. Right: Bottles of commercial mezcal. Photos by the author and used with permission. When talking about traditional Mexican drinks, the conversation invariably leads to the recent resurgence of mezcal. Once nearly fading into disuse, mezcal is now the leading drink on menus of all types at a wide variety of Mexican…

Barbie Hijab Comment Highlights Why Some Russian Activists Don’t Support Presidential Hopeful Navalny

Alexey Navalny on campaign trail in Irkutsk. Credit: Evgeny Feldman for navalny.feldman.photo, CC-BY-NC. As the March 2018 Russian presidential elections draw closer, the field of candidates has grown crowded. Two big names, however, are as of now missing from this storied list: Vladimir Putin and Alexey Navalny. By all accounts, President Putin is expected to…

Jordanian Cartoonist Goes to Trial For Drawing Jesus

Emad Hajjaj. Photo shared on the cartoonist's Wikipedia page (CC-BY-SA) A Palestinian-Jordanian cartoonist is facing accusations of insulting religion and instigating religious strife over a cartoon depicting Jesus. Emad Hajjaj was summoned for questioning by Jordan's public prosecutor on 31 October, after someone submitted a complaint accusing him of “insulting religion”. The cartoon, which was…

Argentine Documentary ‘Education in Motion’ Spotlights Grassroots Learning in Latin America

Poster details of the film “Education in motion”. Image shared publicly on Facebook. After “500 days of travel and filming, 300 hours filmed, and six months of editing”comes the debut of the long-awaited feature-length documentary “La education en movimiento” (“Education in Motion”). The film follows the almost three years of hard work and adventures of…

Many Taiwanese Say Taiwan Representation at China’s National Congress Was Simply Beijing Propaganda

Taiwan-born delegate of 19th CCP Congress, Lu Li'an. Chinese state-owned Xinhua photo. Mainland China and Taiwan have a rocky relationship. Taiwan is a de facto political entity that has operated independently from mainland China since 1949, when the Kuomintang forces were defeated by the Communists in the civil war and retreated to Taiwan. Beijing has…

Watch: Should Hillary Clinton be impeached? You betcha!

Trump supporters are more confused than ever. As you can see from these Jimmy Kimmel interviews, they think Hillary Clinton is the president of the United States. When you think of all that's been accomplished since January (nothing), no wonder they're so upset with her! https://youtu.be/oMupq6zB1Tc My favorite line from the clips above comes from…