Victoria Becomes the First Australian State to Pass Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

Euthanasia – Courtesy Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 http://nyphotographic.com/ The Australian state of Victoria is the first in the country to have passed voluntary assisted dying [VAD] legislation. This historic decision by the Victorian parliament has been very controversial, with people divided over the question of euthanasia on ethical and/or religious grounds. This is just…

Painting a New Story: Sohrai Art in Jharkhand

Examples of Sohrai Painting. Screenshot from the Tribal Art of Hazaribagh page via Bulu Imam This post was written by Alankrita Anand, and originally appeared on Video Volunteers, an award-winning international community media organization based in India. An edited version is published below as part of a partnership with Global Voices. Sohrai and Khovar, the…

What Future for the ‘Wikipedia Seagull’ on Kazakhstan’s Brand New Banknotes?

Photo by Marcel Burkhard (User:Cele4). CC 2.0. When representatives of authoritarian Kazakhstan's central bank are batting away copyright infringement claims with ornithological explanations it is a sure sign something has gone awry. Marcel Burkhard, a Swiss photographer, is arguing that a seagull that appears on the latest version of a 500 tenge ($1.50) Kazakh banknote…

Post-punk song ‘Anthropogenic Climate Change Is Real’ is a wake-up call to Trump

Follow the bouncing Trump head in this music video for "Anthropogenic Climate Change Is Real" by Oakland, California post-punk band You Can’t Make This Shit Up Amerika. https://youtu.be/lpP3qqzKexY Written by Tennessee Mowrey and Kevin Goldberg, the song is a wake-up call to Trump and any other "fucking asshole" who doesn't believe that climate change exists.…

Jailed Bahraini Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Additional Fifteen Years in Prison

Nabeel Rajab (right) and Abdulhadi Alkhawaja at a pro democracy march in Bahrain in 2011. Photo by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights [CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons]This post was written by Khalid Ibrahim, executive director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly in…

Ashraf Ghani Gets a Thumbs Down After ‘Anti-Women’ Headscarf Gaffe

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Creative Commons. A sexist remark made recently by Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has highlighted a powerful political culture of chauvinism pervading the national government while revealing cracks in Ghani's own self-image as a progressive. Ghani has since been moved to apologise to women for comments comparing opposition politicians to women wearing a…

The Health of Thousands of Filipino Children Could Be at Risk, Thanks to Sanofi’s Dengue Vaccine

A rural health clinic in the Philippines. Flickr photo by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia. (CC BY 2.0) More than 700,000 Filipino children were given dengue vaccine shots in 2016. But on November 29, 2017, French pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur, which developed the Dengvaxia vaccine, said it should not be given to children…

Kyrgyz Children’s Author Remakes Old Fables, Drives New Narratives

An illustration from the ‘Square Country’ fairy tale drawn by Natalia Ni. Permission to use granted by Altyn Kapalova. The following is a version of a partner post from EurasiaNet.org. Republished with permission. Esal, a seven-year-old girl, was born in a country where everything is blue and square-shaped. One day, an alien object, pink and spherical, turns up close…

How Momentum UK learned from the Sanders Campaign to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime-Minister-in-Waiting

Back in the days of the Howard Dean campaign, it seemed that the political left had a near-monopoly on brilliant, technologically sophisticated "netroots" activists, a situation that carried over to the Obama campaigns. https://youtu.be/Edt3d0xjEdU But by 2016, the Pepe-slinging alt-right showed that earlier right-wing cybermilitias weren't just warmed over jokes with an unhealthy appreciation for…

Animal Carcasses, Tires, and Medical Waste: A New Report Highlights Health Risks of Lebanon’s Trash Crisis

Bassam Khawaja (Right) and Nadim Houry (Left) present the study of Human Rights Watch regarding Lebanon's open burning of waste. Photo by Hassan Chamoun. Global Voices’ Hassan Chamoun attended the conference launched by Human Rights Watch as part of our ongoing coverage of Lebanon's garbage crisis.  Lebanon's ongoing garbage crisis was the subject of a Human…

Dan Rather: “Many things about the Age of Trump will make the stomach sicker than bad oysters”

Dan Rather has been in the news business for 70 years (how is that possible?!) and has interviewed every U.S. president since Eisenhower. So maybe he knows what he's talking about when he tells Conan O'Brian that this is a dangerous time, and that the Trump presidency is not normal (although both statements are pretty…

Russian Atomic Regulator’s Foray into Meme-Making Fails to Quench Rumors of Nuclear Leaks

Satellite image/map of the Mayak nuclear facility, the closed town of Ozyorsk/Ozersk (Chelyabinsk-65), various lakes and reservoirs, and the South Urals nuclear power plant. Based on a screenshot from NASA World Wind (Landsat Global Mosaic visual layer), color corrected // Credit: NASA, Jan Rieke After weeks of denial, Russian authorities finally admitted that September’s radiation…

In China, Skepticism Surrounding Police Investigation of Kindergarten Child Abuse Is Censored

Parents gathered outside the RBY nursery. Photo from China state-owned people.cn Child abuse at a private nursery in Beijing and the accompanying censorship of news and commentary surrounding the case has many Chinese criticizing authorities and skeptical of police conclusions. On November 22, eight parents filed a complaint with Beijing police that their children were…

A Dubious Arrest, a Compromised Prosecutor, a Tainted Plea: How One Murder Case Exposes a Broken System

by Megan Rose The case of Demetrius Smith reads like a preposterous legal thriller: dubious arrests, two lying prostitutes, prosecutorial fouls and a judge who backpedaled out of a deal. It also delivers a primer on why defendants often agree to virtually inescapable plea deals for crimes they didn’t commit. ProPublica has spent the past…

Russians Are Unimpressed With the 2018 Presidential Election Logo (and Have Ideas for Improvement)

Russia's Central Electoral Commission reveals 2018 elections’ logo // Credit: cikrf.ru Vladimir Putin may not have announced yet whether he’ll run in the 2018 presidential election (few doubt he will run and win by a landslide), but that hasn’t prevented his administration from gearing up for the event. On November 29, the Electoral Commission (CEC)…

Weaving Objects of Loss and Memory With Hayv Kahraman

Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman. Image provided by Kahraman. When she was 11-years-old, Hayv Kahraman’s family fled the Gulf War in Iraq with only one suitcase. Among essential items, her mother packed a mahaffa, the Iraqi hand-held fan made by weaving the fronds of palm trees. It traveled with Kahraman as she made the journey from…