Refugees in Lebanon Are Still Being Scapegoated in the Media and in Academia

October 7, Lebanese State channel ‘Tele Liban’ shows an image of an old man depicting ‘the Lebanese’ being crushed by the word “Displaced.” On Monday, October 23, Lebanon's Saint Joseph University (USJ), in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), held an event entitled “Refugees: Political Issues, Legal Approach.” The latest figures by…

‘We Are One’: Same Sex Marriage Becomes Legal Down Under

Marriage Equality Rally, Adelaide, 16 September 2017 – Photo courtesy Flickr user Adelaide Activist (CC BY-NC 2.0) Same sex marriage has become legal in Australia. Foreign marriages are recognised down under immediately. The first ceremonies will commence on 9 January 2018. Celebrations took place across the country, with the most prominent being in the House…

A ‘Detainee of All Eras’: The Prominent Case of Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdelfattah

Egyptian Activist and Blogger Alaa Abdelfattah. Source: screenshot from Youtube video. Egypt's wide-scale systematic arrests of political dissidents have allowed for full government control over a country of more than 100 million citizens. Orchestrated by Egyptian President Abdelfattah El Sisi, the imprisonment of opposition bloggers and political activists has become daily news, turning justice into a…

Meet the People Blocking a New Gas Mega-pipeline in Southern Italy

A screenshot of a video of protest against the Trans Adriatic Pipeline. Photo: Paolo Zuccotti/ 350.org, used with permission.   This article is based on content originally published on 350.org part of a partnership with Global Voices. In southern Italy, local mothers, teachers, health workers, grandparents and olive farmers are leading a peaceful resistance to protect their…

Facebook’s ‘Explore Feed’ Experiment Is Hurting Small Businesses, NGOs, and Political Groups in Cambodia

An Internet shop in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Flickr photo by Melissa Gira (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) On October 19, 2017, Facebook began testing a new system for its newsfeed in Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Slovakia, Serbia, Guatemala and Cambodia. In the experiment, Facebook users only see posts from their friends (alongside sponsored content) in their regular News…

On Telegram, Russian Politics and Memes Translate Into Big Bucks

The most popular Telegram “channels” have many thousands of subscribers. Screencapped by Alexey Kovalev With more than 90,000 subscribers, the Telegram channel “MDK” is not just one of the most popular one-stop shops for Russian-language memes on the messenger app. It’s also a profitable business. MDK’s administrator told RuNet Echo he charges 25,000 rubles ($420)…

Brazil’s Belo Monte Hydroelectric Plant License is Suspended Again

View of the Urban Collective Resettlement (RUC) Jatobá, in Altamira, Brazil. Photo: Aaron Vincent Elkaim/ISA, published with permission. This article by Isabel Harari was originally published on the website of the Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) with whom Global Voices has a content-sharing partnership. The Belo Monte Dam in Brazil's northern Pará state was granted an operation permit two…

Fujiko Nakaya’s fog art

Earlier this year, Tate Modern's Switch House extension included a wonderful installation of fog art by Fujiko Nakaya. https://youtu.be/I8jXN9W1euc Boing Boing (published under a Creative Commons license)

Report Reveals a Company Linked to Paraguayan Minister Drives Deforestation in the Chaco Region

The charcoal that is exported to Europe is produced by harvesting white quebracho trees, a tree typical of the Chaco region. Photograph published in Kurtural courtesy of Earthsight and used with permission. The following is an English-translation of a Spanish-language article by Jazmín Acuña, originally published by Kurtural. The Chaco region, which stretches across parts of Paraguay,…

17 Hilarious Products That Don’t Look Anything Like Their Ads

When you unwrap a freshly bought product, you hardly ever find inside exactly what the package promised. But this 17 products are so hilarious... 1. "I might have been better off ordering a bracelet." 2. With a sprinkling of oregano 3. Plot twist 4. A sticker that sticks 5. Candy topped? But where are the candies? Ah, there you go! 6. More…