A 10-Year-Old Was Already Suing the US Government Over Climate Policy. Then Climate Change Really Hit Home.

10-year-old Levi Draheim is the youngest plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by 21 youths who claim the federal government has violated their constitutional rights by supporting the continued use of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming. Credit: Deepa Fernandes/PRI This story by Deepa Fernandes originally appeared on PRI.org on January 23, 2018. It is republished here as part…

Top Secret Australian Government Cabinet Files Accidentally Sold Inside Filing Cabinets

The Australian Cabinet in session. Courtesy David Foote, AUSPIC/DPS (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 AU) & Top Secret (Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) As the cliché goes, you couldn't make this stuff up. Classified documents from five Australian administrations covering nearly 10 years were accidentally sold in two locked filing cabinets at a second-hand furniture shop. Most…

Supporters of Bulgaria’s Pirin National Park Protest for Its Protection With Music, Meditation, Running and Even Soup

The UNESCO World Heritage Site faces expanded construction activities. “Save Pirin” written on a roundabout in the Bulgarian city of Ruse, while protesters dance a traditional horo in a round, on January 25, 2018. They used leftover bags from one of their regular cleanups of the nearby Danube river for the writing. Photo by Yavor…

Burundi’s Opposition Says Only ‘Yes’ Campaigning Is Allowed on Referendum to Extend President’s Rule

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (left) alongside President Pierre Nkurunziza (right) while on a visit to Burundi. 25 February 2016. Photo by Flickr user GovernmentZA. CC BY-ND 2.0 In 2015, Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term in office, despite the constitution being widely understood to hold a two-term limit. His controversial re-election sparked…

Building Resilience: Responding to Cyber Violence in Sri Lanka

Featured image by Deshan Tennekoon via Groundviews This post written by Raisa Wickrematunge accompanied by photographs of Deshan Tennekoon, originally appeared on Groundviews, an award-winning citizen journalism website in Sri Lanka. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement with Global Voices. She strikes a pose for the camera; arms akimbo,…

Netizen Report: The Rising Cost of Cameroon’s Internet Shutdowns

Cloud cartoon from Fundacion Karisma video. The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Two digital rights NGOs are suing the Cameroonian government for imposing an internet shutdown on the country’s two Anglophone regions for more than three months in 2017, just before…

Mexico Takes a Leading Role in the Oscars (Again!)

Guillermo del Toro during the 2013 WonderCon in Anaheim, California. Photograph by Flickr user Gage Skidmore. CC BY-SA 2.0 Once again, the US-based Academy Awards will have a Mexican among its list of most important nominees. This time, it is Guillermo del Toro, writer and director of feature film “The Shape of Water,” which tells the story…

Malaysiakini News Site Will Appeal Defamation Case by Gold Mining Firm, Thanks to Crowdfunding by Readers

Malaysiakini office. Flickr photo by fuzheado (CC BY-SA 2.0) Malaysia’s Court of Appeal ruled on January 12 that news website Malaysiakini had defamed Raub Australian Gold Mining (RAGM) in a series of articles about the health risks associated with living near a mine. The independent news site was ordered to pay 90,000 USD for damages…

Lebanon’s Scapegoating of Refugees Did Not Start With Syrians, but With Palestinians

Screenshot from “Life In The Shadows – Palestinians in Lebanon”. Source: ‘MedicalAidPalestinians’ This is the second part of a series written by Global Voices contributor Elias Abou Jaoude and Global Voices Middle East and North Africa (MENA) editor Joey Ayoub in which they explore refugees in Lebanon, a controversial topic that is often misunderstood by…

‘Buy a New SIM Card’ and Await Further Interrogation: Russia’s Security Services Detain and Question a Reporter

Pavel Nikulin, a member of the independent Journalists’ and Media Workers’ Union, pickets the headquarters of Russia's domestic security agency FSB, to protest against a colleague's detention. Photo by Igor Yasin, used with permission. When state security officers arrived at his home early in the morning of January 31, Russian journalist Pavel Nikulin learned firsthand…

Spanish Activist Helena Maleno’s Trial in Morocco Is ‘a Way to Intimidate’ Human Rights Defenders, Her Supporters Say

Screenshot taken from an interview of Helena Maleno by Javier Sánchez Salcedo for online media Mundo Negro. Available on YouTube and on their website. On January 31, Spanish human rights activist and researcher Helena Maleno is scheduled to appear in court for the second time in Morocco, accused of participating in a human trafficking network…

Crowdfunded Rescue Saves French Mountaineer on Pakistan’s Nanga Parbat, but Her Climbing Partner Is Left Behind

Nanga Parbat (Naked Mountain) is the world's ninth highest mountain and the second highest in Pakistan (after K2). Image from Flickr by Ahmed Sajjad Zaidi. CC BY-SA 2.0. The world's mountaineering community managed to crowdfund enough money to finance a rescue mission for French climber Elisabeth Revol, who had been scaling Pakistan's Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain…