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November 12 2017

‘I Felt This Happiness in My Skin and Bones': Domestic Football Thrills Afghanistan

"(The) Afghan football final was a huge success regardless of who won. A sold out crowd cheered two hours straight."

A Look Inside China's Propaganda Bureaucracy

How powerful is the Publicity Department of China's Communist Party? This article explores the history, functions, and expanding role of China's propaganda bureaucracy.

November 11 2017

Female-Run Restaurant Bends Back Social Barriers in Pakistan's Quetta

"Years ago, women’s lives were limited to the four walls of the house in Hazara Town, but it is no longer the case now."

Toxic Smog in New Delhi Leaves Residents Coughing and Demanding Action

“I have been coughing for over a month, and it is only [recently] I realized that it’s because of the pollution. But no one is doing anything about it.”

November 10 2017

Amid the Vast Universe of the ‘Valerian’ Movie, Ukraine Gets a Special Shout-Out

The opening scenes of the film include a Ukrainian cosmonaut crew lead by a woman with the country's flag on her sleeve.

Netizen Report: Memes and ‘Obscene’ Messages Are Under Fire in Indonesia

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Traveling Japan by Bus… on YouTube

One YouTube user has traveled from one end of Japan to the other by local bus, uploading video of the entire trip.

Maung Maung Has Spent a Lifetime Collecting Gramophone Records in Myanmar

The retired police officer, teacher, and lawyer has amassed a collection of more than 100,000 gramophone records over six decades.

November 09 2017

Randomizing the news for science, transplanting genetically engineered skin, and the ethics of experimental brain implants

This week we hear stories on what to do with experimental brain implants after a study is over, how gene therapy gave a second skin to a boy with a rare epidermal disease, and how bone markings thought to be evidence for early hominid tool use may have been crocodile bites instead, with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Sarah Crespi interviews Gary King about his new experiment to bring fresh data to the age-old question of how the news media influences the public. Are journalists setting the agenda or following the crowd? How can you know if a news story makes a ripple in a sea of online information? In a powerful study, King’s group was able to publish randomized stories on 48 small and medium sized news sites in the United States and then track the results.  Listen to previous podcasts. [Image: Chad Sparkes/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook]

Freedom of Expression or ‘Obscene Representation'? The Case Against Indian Cartoonist Bala G

"The incident made me think that my children were burning. I have no words to express my sorrow, so I drew the cartoon out of rage."

Meet Khazar Fatemi, a Swedish Journalist Still Searching for the Afghanistan She Left Behind

"For me it is important to use the freedom my parents fought so hard for."

Humanitarian Crisis Escalates at Australia's Refugee Detention Centre in Papua New Guinea

Catastrophe looms with food, water, electricity and health services cutoff to asylum seekers refusing to leave Australia's former Manus Island regional processing centre in Papua New Guinea.
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