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Venezuela's Oscar Entry Speaks an Indigenous Language

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 02:36:43 +0000

“Gone with the River” by Mario Crespo is Venezuela's Oscar entry in the Best Foreign Language Film… — Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film) September 3, 2015 Lo que lleva el río (“Gone With the River”), from Cuban-Venezuelan filmmaker Mario Crespo Dauna, is a Venezuelan film shot almost entirely in Warao, the language...

Moroccan Royal Motorcade Runs Down By-Stander

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 19:19:52 +0000

Moroccans are sharing links for a video showing a car which is part of a royal motorcade ferrying Moroccan King Mohammed VI running over a man in Tangiers during the visit of French President Francois Hollande. Samia Errazzouki tweets: Video footage showing royal security protocol running over a man in...

Unlivable Conditions in Macedonian Student Dorms Worsen

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:50:29 +0000

The Student Plenum, a grassroots movement fighting for the rights of university students in Macedonia, published new photos of the unlivable conditions that students in Macedonia's capital of Skopje live in. The movement has steadily been following the situation in the state-owned student dorms and has called on the state...

Why the Start-Up Pitch in Zimbabwe Is a ‘Waste of Time’

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:50:42 +0000

Chief K.Masimba Biriwasha, a communications officer for HIVOS (full disclosure: HIVOS is one of Global Voices’ sponsors) explains why Zimbabwe must ditch the start-up pitch: The start-up pitch, which involves making a rapid fire presentation of an idea followed by a question and answer session involving selected judges, is increasingly a...

Could Using a Cell Phone in Iran Put You in Business with “Terrorists”?

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:29:47 +0000

Could using a cell phone in Iran entangle you with ”terrorists”? This might be the case if Iran's Revolutionary Guards who control the country's telecommunications monopoly are designated as “terrorists”. This is a possibility being discussed as U.S. politicians and lawmakers consider how stringently to impose economic sanctions on Iran once the sanctions related to the...

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Minority Women Communicators Conference Looks To ‘Occupy the Media and Internet’ in Mexico

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:42:03 +0000

The official announcement has been made for the Second Conference of Women Communicators of Indigenous and African Descent. The conference, whose slogan is “We occupy the media, we occupy the internet”, will take place October 6-10, 2015, at the Centro de las Artes CASA (CASA Arts Center) in San Agustín Elta,...

Predictions for an Opposition Party Win in Trinidad & Tobago's General Elections

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 03:16:57 +0000

By midnight Trinidad and Tobago time, the country should know which political party will form its next government. As predicted, it has been a tight race — out of just over a million eligible voters, the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has thus far tallied over 400,000 votes. Many seats...

How Do You Say ‘Bro’ in Latin America?

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:43:06 +0000

The Facebook page for Pictoline, a highly visual site for news and information, shared this map with the different ways people in Latin American countries say “bro”, short for brother in English. While in Mexico they use wey and pata in Peru, it's pana in Venezuela and parce in Colombia. Written by Global Voices Latin America Translated by Gabriela...

The Happiest Countries in the World Are All in Latin America

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:09:48 +0000

The happiest (and least happy) countries in the world, ranked — Quartz (@qz) August 27, 2015 Gallup interviewed 150,000 adults in 148 countries, asking such questions as, “Did you smile or laugh yesterday?” and “Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?” to build a positive-experience index. Surprisingly, the leading countries...

You Can Also Demand Justice for the Journalists Killed in Mexico

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 04:25:00 +0000

Writers around the world ask President Peña Nieto of Mexico to probe journalist murders. (Here's their letter) — Susana Hayward (@mediasayer) August 16, 2015 More than 500 journalists, writers, artists and defenders for freedom of expression from around the world wrote an open letter to the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, in which they...

Indonesian Court Orders Family of Former President Suharto to Return Embezzled Funds

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 03:36:08 +0000

Indonesia's Supreme Court has ruled that the foundation of the late President Suharto is guilty of embezzling state funds from 1976 to 1998. It ordered the family of Suharto to return 315 million US dollars to the state. Suharto ruled Indonesia from 1967 to 1998. During his 31-year rule, he...

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Search Coordinator for Ayotzinapa Students Assasinated

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 03:31:20 +0000

Asesinan en #México a coordinador de búsqueda de 43 normalistas de #Ayotzinapa Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco Fue @EPN — PrensaRebelde (@RebeldePrenssa) August 9, 2015 Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, coordinator of the search for the 43 Ayotzinapa teachers’ college students, was assasinated in Mexico. Miguel Ángel Jiménez Blanco, 45, was...

Iraqi Startups One Year After the Rise of ISIS

Sat, 15 Aug 2015 07:56:15 +0000

Ahmed Marwan shares stories about a few Iraqi startups one year after the rise of ISIS, at Wamda. He explains: But what is more uncertain than calculating the success probability of a startup working in a city less than 50 km away from the turmoil caused by ISIS? That is...

Meet Sam Wakoba of TechMoran Blog

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:12:39 +0000

Bloggers Association of Kenya profiles Sam Wakoba who runs Techmoran blog. Techmoran won the award for the Best Technology Blog in Kenya this year: We caught up with Sam to get some insights into his blogging journey. Who is Sam Wakoba, in a few words? Sam Wakoba is a humble...

The ‘Escopetarra': A Killer Instrument

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:50:17 +0000

If you believe that nothing good can come from a rifle, then you have to get to know the “escopetarra”—a hybrid that transforms two “lethal” weapons (an AK-47 and a guitar) into an instrument of peace. “Escopetarra” is a Spanish blend that combines the words “escopeta” (shotgun) and “guitarra” (guitar). In his Spanish-language podcast,...