Searching for ‘indios’ in Ecuador and Venezuela: A Lesson in Language and Data

  Indigenous protest in Ecuador in February 2017 Photo: Public Domain (CC0 1.0 Universal) In our work with Global Voices’ NewsFrames project, we use data to create evidence-based stories that explore a broad spectrum of topics. Data can provide us with fascinating insights and guide our stories towards surprising conclusions. People who work in qualitative research are aware…

‘According to the Digital Security Law, I am a Spy’: Bangladeshi Journalists Defend Their Right to Investigate

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Screenshot from Facebook – people protesting with #আমিগুপ্তচর (#IAmSpy) hashtag Since January 29, dozens of journalists in Bangladesh have claimed, in their social media profiles, that they are spies. Holding placards bearing the #আমিগুপ্তচর hashtag (pronounced “Ami Guptochor”, and meaning “#IAmaSpy” in the Bengali language) they are speaking out against a newly proposed law that…

Five Attacks in the Last Year that Shook Kabul to its Core

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A damaged building in the center of Kabul after it was struck by an ambulance packed with explosives. Photo courtesy of Fatima Faramarz. Published with permission. As deportations of Afghan assylum seekers from the West continue apace, the South Asian country's capital Kabul is fast turning into a death trap. In January alone, close to…

Justice Deferred: Uproar After Turkish Court Releases, Re-Arrests Amnesty International’s Taner Kilic

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Supporters gather outside the courthouse in Turkey. Photo by Arzu Geybullayeva. A small crowd was gathered outside Caglayan court. They held “Free Taner” signs while representatives from the Amnesty International's Turkey office were read their demands out loud. “We demand an unconditional release for Taner,” said one of the human rights defenders, speaking to a…

A Palestinian Cultural Space in Haifa Reclaims Authentic Artistic Voice

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Scenes from Manjim. Al photos used with permission from Rana Asali. The following is a partner post from Mangal Media. Republished with permission. Emerging artists, curators, crazy scientists and anyone seeking the exchange of ideas, rockup at this exciting  new venue;  a safe haven for experimentation and alternative art. Manjm (منجم), which translates as a “mine” or a “rich…

Nina Paley’s Seder-Masochism Film Explores Patriarchy in the Book of Exodus Through Animated Egyptian Idols

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Screenshot from the song sequence “You Gotta Believe” by Nina Paley on Vimeo. Global Voices interviewed American free culture activist and filmmaker Nina Paley about her new animated film Seder-Masochism. It is loosely based on the Book of Exodus from the Torah/Bible and exposes the veiled patriarchy in the religious text. Creative Commons licensesCreative Commons…

It Is Not Only LGBT Jamaicans Who Welcome the Government’s Ban of Controversial U.S. Preacher

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A screenshot from a YouTube video chronicling some of controversial American fundamentalist pastor Steven Anderson's anti-gay rants. Human rights activists, online campaigners — and many other Jamaicans — were pleased with the government's recent decision to deny entry to American fundamentalist pastor, Steven Anderson. While concerns regarding free speech linger, it was not just the…

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

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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…

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

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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,…