Meet ‘Uyatman’, the Kazakh Superhero out to Stop Women Behaving Indecently

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Uyatman, a superhero satirizing the real-life moral guardians in Kazakhstan. (Illustration by Murat Dilmanov. Published on EurasiaNet.org) The following is a partner post from EurasiaNet.org written by Almaz Kumenov. Republished with permission. A new superhero called Uyatman appeared on the scene in Kazakhstan a couple of years back. As long as Uyatman was on patrol, the public could rest…

Since 2016, Myanmar Courts Have Convicted 100% of People Charged Under Telecom Law 66 (d)

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Journalist Wunna Tun (left) in conversation with poet and activist Maung Saungkha at the Myanmar Digital Rights Forum 2018 In 2016-17, every person charged under Section 66 (d) of Myanmar's Telecommunications Law was convicted and sentenced to prison. The notorious Section 66(d) provides for up to three years in prison for “extorting, coercing, restraining wrongfully, defaming, disturbing,…

34 Perfectly Timed Photos That Will Mess With Your Head

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You might not be the best photographer in the world, but sometimes everything in the universe aligns so precisely, and all you have to do is be in the right place at the right time. Please your eyes with some of the best perfectly timed pictures ever. 1. Firefighter In Mexico Earthquake 2. Was Taking…

Who Is Responsible for Ending Sexual Violence in Somalia?

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Internal Displaced Women at Madina Camp. Photo by Faaris Adam In October 2017, 16-year-old Faiza Mohamed Abdi was shot in the “pelvic area” for declining the sexual advances of her attacker in the port town of Bosaso, Somalia. Abdi was brutally wounded by Abdikadir Warsame, a solider with the security forces in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of…

Uzbekistan and its Migrants: A Tale of Two Presidents

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Map of Central Asia. More than fifty migrants from Uzbekistan (red) died in a bus fire in Kazakhstan (green) en route to Russia on January 18. Author: Cacahuate. Own work based on the blank world map. CC 2.0. Citizens from Uzbekistan represent one of the largest migrant communities in Russia and play a major role…

VIDEO: Man hit by train while trying to take a selfie in India

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A man in Hyderabad, India, inadvertently filmed himself being hit by a train while trying to take a selfie. https://youtu.be/j41u_07tDi4 T. Siva was at the Borabanda railway station on January 21 when he tried to film a selfie video as a train passed. He was hit by the train and South Central Railways Police told…

Netizen Report: Can Brazil’s Government Use Google to Manipulate Public Opinion?

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Anti-Temer protest in São Paulo, August 2016. Rovena Rosa/Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0) The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. A January 12 article on the website of O Globo, one of Brazil’s most widely read daily newspapers, alleges…

#MeToo Has Hit China’s Universities, Despite Efforts of Internet Censors

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Chinese students displayed anti-sexual harassment banners at the January 20 Women's March in Washington, DC. Image via Voice of America, licensed for reuse. The global #MeToo movement is slowly catching on in China, despite strict censorship on the internet. After highly-regarded Beihang University professor Chen Xiaowu was dismissed over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, students and…

Afghanistan Reels From Two Deadly Attacks in Less than a Week

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Children fleeing the compound targeted by gunmen in Jalalabad province. Photo courtesy of Zahra Joya. Used with her permission. January has brought no shortage of sad news to Afghanistan after two attacks in quick succession shook citizens of the South Asian country. On January 24 gunmen stormed the compound of International aid organization Save the Children…

Veto Viber? Tax Telegram? Such Are Tajikistan’s Tech Company Conundrums

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Cartoon by Hussam Al-Zahrani. In an attempt to stem a cash flow crisis, Tajikistan is taking up increasingly hostile postures towards digital communications companies. In recent months, the government has made moves to monopolize the internet service provision and revoke licences for cheap IP-based call services. It has also been reported that restrictions are being…

Offering ‘Beer, Meat and Oppression,’ A Carnival Group Wants To Celebrate Brazil’s Military Dictatorship

The cover photo for the piece “Block of the DOPS Basement” shows the colonel Carlos Alberto Brilhante Ustra, the only commander from the dictatorship sentenced by the Brazilian courts for crimes of torture. Photo: Shared/ Facebook A group of carnival organizers intends to celebrate what is literally and figuratively one of the darkest places of…

Would Amnesty for Drug Kingpins Achieve Peace in Mexico? Depends Who You Ask

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Pictured: Andres M. Lopez Obrador, who proposed amnesty for some participants in Mexico’s non-international armed conflict. Image from Flickr by Eneas de Troya, taken during Lopez Obrador’s campaign and used under CC 2.0 licensing terms. Would pardoning criminals put an end Mexico’s internal armed conflict? This is one of a few recently proposed scenarios to…

#JusticeForAsifa: A Young Girl’s Murder Shocks Jammu And Kashmir Residents — But Not the National Media

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The text on the poster says: “Delhi… Here women are scared to step out of their house. Who responsible for this intense fear?” Image by Francois Decaillet via Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND As Pakistan grapples with bringing the perpetrators of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari's murderer to justice, another heinous killing across the border, in the northern Indian…

Ugandans Grow Anxious Over Incidents of Deadly Viral Fever

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An Ebola treatment unit in Grand Cape Mount, Liberia. Photo by Martine Perret/UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response via Flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0) The death of nine-year-old Bridget Nalunkuuma in the central Ugandan town of Nakaseke has rattled residents who fear the girl may have suffered from Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. Eight other  people have reportedly died…

Protests Underscore the Potential Power of Iran’s Access to Information Law

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An Iranian protester holds up a peace sign. Image from Article 19, used with permission. Written by Afsaneh Rigot of ARTICLE 19 in content partnership with Global Voices. On 28 December 2017, widespread protests broke out across Iran on an unprecedented scale, in what has become the country’s largest anti-government demonstration since the post-election protests…