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On August 22 and 23, Beirut witnessed its largest protest in recent history, with 20,000 people gathering to tell the government that they stink.  

Lebanon's trash crisis started on July 17, when residents shut down the country's largest landfill in Naameh city. That landfill catered to areas of Beirut and Mount Lebanon -- almost half of the country's population.

The government's inability to resolve the trash crisis resulted in mountains of garbage piling up on the streets, forcing people to walk around wearing masks. 

The "You Stink" movement kicked off calling for sustainable solutions to the waste problem, and got people on the streets, but the situation quickly escalated beyond trash towards addressing larger problems related to corruption within the current government.

Lebanon, which already suffers from poor infrastructure and daily electricity outages, has had no president for more than a year. In 2009, its parliament extended its term until 2017, with no elections, citing instability as a reason.

In this episode of GV Face we will talk to Global Voices contributor from Beirut Joey Ayoub, who has been working closely with the organizing committee of You Stink and Faten Bushehri, also a GV contributor, who has been covering the protests. 
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The Indian justice system's numbers reveal an institutionalised shambles. It would be no exaggeration to state that the largest democracy in the world has one branch of government that has gone missing. People like Machal have literally had their lives taken away from them for no reason at all. http://bit.ly/1CGcFt2
There is slow, painfully slow and then there is India's judiciary.
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“People's Daily has the second largest number of Facebook likes among global media outlets,” boasted Lu Xinning, the deputy editor-in-chief of Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily, during the recent China-Russia Media Forum. http://bit.ly/1ROQ7NH
Communist party mouthpiece People's Daily has millions of likes on Facebook, a social media platform that is blocked in China. Chinese netizens are wondering who those fans are.
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Just as it has for many people across the world, social media has become a lifestyle for many Ugandans. To discuss the impact of social media in Uganda, Global Voices caught up with Collin Asiimwe, a Ugandan blogger who is “Changing the world with thoughtful abandon”. http://bit.ly/1JmQ21P
"It beats my understanding when I sometimes visit the IT ministry website and it is down. I don’t get it."
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People of faith, civil society groups, and communities affected by climate change marched together in Rome on Sunday to express gratitude to Pope Francis for the release of his encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’“, and call for bolder climate action by world leaders. http://bit.ly/1LFcmHl
"...all of humanity needs to stand united in addressing the crisis of our times. Climate change is an issue for everyone with a moral conscience.”
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Earlier this month in Ecuador, protests broke out in various cities across the country. These protests, featuring high levels of civic participation, were assembled though the use of social networks, as 46 percent of Ecuador's 16 million residents have Internet access. Participants in recent protests in Ecuador accuse government of illegally signal jamming communication between protestors. Peer-to-peer apps may be the solution. http://bit.ly/1BSPDUF
Participants in recent protests in Ecuador accuse government of illegally signal jamming communication between protestors. Peer-to-peer apps may be the solution.
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Digital Citizen is a biweekly review of news, policy, and research on human rights and technology in the Arab World. http://bit.ly/1LFcYMW
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Compared to other countries in West Africa, Mali has low Internet speeds and high prices. A Malian civic group has launched a campaign to change this. http://bit.ly/1CGcxd9
Compared to other countries in West Africa, Mali has low Internet speeds and high prices. A Malian civic group has launched a campaign to change this.
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The Israeli Navy has intercepted the Swedish boat “The Marianne”, part of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, in International waters at 05:11 AM Gaza time (GMT +3) and forced it to redirect to the nearest Israeli port of Ashdod. The coalition was on its way to Gaza to deliver aid. http://bit.ly/1NrKtQW
"It is disappointing that the Israeli government chose to continue the absolutely fruitless policy of 'no tolerance', meaning it will continue to enforce an inhumane and illegal collective punishment..."
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[PHOTOS] The photo book ‘Transitioning Cambodia’ narrates the modern history of a “country that’s still torn between the burden of its horrific past and the promises the future holds.” http://bit.ly/1g5cHGi
"People tell us they are happy there is a book that looks at Cambodia as it is—not just the temples of Angkor or photos of children riding an oxcart."
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The holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar, a month where Muslims fast in the daily hours, increase their prayers and charity, and reflect on their spirituality throughout the day. It is a month that usually brings with it peace and serenity, but sadly this hasn't been the case in Yemen this year. http://bit.ly/1LFcdDJ
Yemenis welcomed their first day of Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting, with more airstrikes from Saudi Arabia. Noon Arabia highlights the tragedy Yemen is going through this month.
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Bahrain announced it is taking precautions to thwart an ISIS threat targeting the country's Shia community next Friday. Observers are skeptic and wonder how will the same regime which has continued to wage a fierce crackdown on the country's Shia population for the previous four years following anti-government protests be entrusted to protect them today. http://bit.ly/1ROOLTh
Bahrain is on alert following a threat by ISIS that its Shia population are its next target following attacks on Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
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