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250K Protest Against Government In Brazil

A quarter-million Brazilians took to the streets in the latest a wave of sometimes-violent protests that are increasingly focusing on corruption and reforming a government system in which people have lost faith. A new poll shows that 75 percent of citizens support the demonstrations.

The turnout in Saturday’s protests was lower than the 1 million participants seen on Thursday and there was less violence. But in the city of Belo Horizonte police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters who tried to pass through a barrier and hurled rocks at a car dealership. The city of Salvador also saw demonstrations turn violent.

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Nigeria's Yan Daudu: "men who dress like women" in Muslim areas now face threats from religious revival

For more than a century, hundreds of yan daudu were tolerated as part of an unremarkable but fringe subculture in the Muslim north, famed for their playful use of language, sometimes even accompanying politicians during election campaigns.

In this spirit, Ameera’s parents were accepting. “My parents realised all the things men like, I didn’t like. I didn’t like farming. I wanted to cook and sell things like women. Most of all, I loved braiding hair – I can do yours very nicely if you want,” said Ameera, with a dimpled smile and shrug of delicate, bird-like shoulders.

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We Apologize for the Inconvenience, We’re Rebuilding Brazil

Brazilian poetry scholar Marina Araujo writes from Porto Alegre about free expression and the Vinegar Revolt unfolding on the streets of Brazil. Read it here.

Credit: © Yamini Benites

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penamerican:

Will the Armies of Censorship Wear Flip Flops?

The [Facebook] employees look just like the other flip-flop wearing staff, except for what flashes across their computer screens—porn, hate speech, and vitriol. When content is flagged by Facebook users, these employees serve as first responders to make split-second decisions as to whether to restore the content or remove it from the site…the staff examine the “time, place, method, and target” of the content and will remove it if three of the four criteria are objectionable. Hate speech targeting institutions is tolerated, but not hate speech targeting protected groups defined by race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or medical condition.

If the staff are unable to make a determination (in about 20 seconds), they send the content up to the “Deciders,” typically attorneys working in the higher echelons of the public policy team. The upshot of this process is that the Facebook staff, and their counterparts at social media giants such as Twitter and Google’s YouTube, are guiding free expression online at a global scale.

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penamerican:

Come join freeDimensional on Friday for a fantastic event with Cameroonian artist Issa Nyaphaga.

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A comic protesting the trial of editor of Waheen newspaper, Mohamud Abdi Jama, who is accused of defamation for publishing articles alleging corruption by government officials in Somaliland.

After determining that Somaliland law did not hold punishments for journalists, the court invoked Sharia law.

Read more about press freedom in Somaliland here.

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"If I lied to my readers, the prose would suffer… It blunts the edges."

- Naomi Wolf in Obsession: Naomi Wolf on Truth at The Standard (via penlive)

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penamerican:

Today, PEN launches its groundbreaking report on free expression and human rights in China.

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Frida by Senegalese photographer Omar Viktor Diop shot in Abidjan.

We can’t get enough of Omar Victor Dioptoday

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penamerican:

PEN launches the Twitter campaign #shesnotfree in support of Chinese artist and poet Liu Xia on the eve of our landmark report on China.

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