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Published: 2016-10-26T06:46:03Z


Leaked Xinjiang Police Report Describes Circumvention Tools as ‘Terrorist Software’


The report describes using VPNs as an indicator of criminality, or a “pre-criminal” behavior, perhaps a harbinger of tighter restrictions to come.

Farewell to Renen Raz, Beloved Anti-Colonial, Queer Israeli Activist


Renen Raz, an Israeli anti-colonial and queer activist, died this week. He's now being remembered for his passion for social justice in Israel-Palestine.

GV Face: Global Voices on the US Elections (LIVE on October 26 at 5pm GMT)


Trump, Hillary or Stein? Even though many Global Voices contributors cannot vote in the US, we feel invested in this American presidential race like few elections before.

Russia Is Reportedly Banning LinkedIn


LinkedIn, the world’s largest online professional network, is at risk of being blocked in Russia, where federal censors have convinced a Moscow court to outlaw the network.

Yet Another Socio-Environmentalist Is Murdered in Amazonia


Earlier this month, on October 13, two assassins on a motorcycle murdered Luís Alberto Araújo, the environmental secretary of the Brazilian town of Altamira, Pará State.

Venezuela's Government Blocks the Recall Referendum Process, and the Opposition Cries ‘Dictatorship!’


"A democratic government consults the people. A dictatorship flees the electoral vote."

Hackers Publish Kremlin Aide's E-Mails, Allege Plan to Destabilize Ukraine


Ukrainian hackers say Putin advisor Vladislav Surkov's leaked e-mails reveal a plan to destabilize Ukraine in the coming months.

A Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Band Is Accused of Trivialising the Trauma of Slavery


"He's glamorizing a part of our colonial history where racism and socioeconomic disparity were rampant. And carnival now, with its overpriced parties and parades, continues that tradition."

In Trinidad & Tobago, Video of Shooting Aftermath Doesn’t Boost Public Trust in the Police


"This has nothing to do with what happened before [...] or what led to his shooting. This has to do with what passes for police procedure in this place."

Sri Lankan Tourism: Booming Again, But Mostly for the Military


The Sri Lankan military is investing heavily in the tourism business. The armed forces have several hotels and resorts, many restaurants and cafes, and other tourist facilities.

In the Eyes of Hong Kong's Housing Market, We Are All Just Sardines


Living spaces in Hong Kong are shrinking in size while prices skyrocket. Here's one response to the absurdity of the situation.

Saudi Mobile Data Quality Provokes National Protest Against Bad Service


Saudi social media users are protesting against the nation's mobile network operators' bad service and the continued blocking of VoIP apps that are supposed to be available for free.

Just How Welcome Are ‘Foreigners’ on Japanese Trains?


A private railway company in western Japan recently came under fire after a conductor apologized for the presence of “foreigners” on a train. And that was just the beginning.

Russian City Cuts Fuel to WWII Eternal Flame So Locals Won't Cook on It


Taganrog’s eternal flame isn’t burning today, and a local gas company official says it’s because he can’t guarantee that locals won’t roast sausages over the fire.

Who Has the Right to Tell a Country’s Story?


"It is not possible to tell the truth about Cuba from only one viewpoint, or from unanimous viewpoints that are the equivalent of one."