In Thailand, a Coup de Selfie

Military takeovers, also called a Coup d’Etat, have happened time and time again all over the world. Usually when the military overthrows the government there is a televised announcement through state-controlled TV networks (like in Egypt and Mali). However, it seems the international community realized a Thai military coup would take place thanks to the thousands of selfies posted to social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook since Tuesday with the hashtags #MartialLaw #thailand and #selfie.

The Thai military has officially declared a military coup on Thursday May 22nd, but the selfies started on Tuesday and the news has traveled fast. The implications of this military coup is unknown as political rivals meet for more talks before a nationwide curfew is set.

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Concerned Citizen: UAE, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine, Palestine, Israel + Afghanistan

Migrant workers from Bangladesh in an Abu Dhabi apartment. Photo by Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times.

NYU apologizes for mistreating workers in the United Arab Emirates where they are building a new campus. A Nigerian car bomb kills at least 118 people in possible Boko Haram suicide attack. Putin claims that the Russian army has been pulling back from the Ukrainian border despite any evidence. New video footage proves that two Palestinian boys who were killed by the Israeli forces posed no real threat. The International Criminal Court could be investigating U.S. soldiers for war crimes in Afghanistan.

Concerned Citizen: Brazil, Kenya, Sudan, China, Vietnam + the Globe

Protests in Brazil

Brazilians protest the World Cup to express outrage over the government spending billions of dollars that could be spent on improving inadequacies in healthcare, education, and public transport. Two blasts in the Kenyan capital kill at least 10 and injure 70 in what might be a terrorist attack by Al-Shabaab. A Sudanese woman is sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity for her husband, which is illegal for women in Sudan. Events across the globe are scheduled to take place tomorrow, May 17th in honor of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Violent anti-China protests in Vietnam have led Chinese workers to flee the country.

 

4 Things to Know About Nigeria + How Can We #BringBackOurGirls?

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Reverend Al Sharpton in a moment of silent prayer

Last week a group called Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, and the world is, as they should be, outraged. Just today, CNN is reporting that the group has released a new video showing some of the captives. On Saturday, Nkechi Ogbodo of Kechie’s Project organized a rally in front of the Consulate of Nigeri in New York. Prominent politicians including Al Sharpton and Mayor Di Blasio attended, spoke, and prayed with the crowds. Women and men of all ages held signs and shouted, “Bring Back Our Girls!” in front of the Consulate. According to the Kechie’s Project website, the aim of the rally was to call out to all mothers, fathers, children, churches, mosque, synagogues, community organizations, students, NGOs, leaders and others to condemn this barbaric and criminal act against humanity.

Four things to know about the campaign and the ongoing crisis:

  1. How did it actually start? Nigerian lawyer Ibrahim M. Abdullahi  started the Twitter campaign after hearing Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, VP of the World Bank for Africa, repeat the words during a televised event.
  2. Boko Haram (Hausa for Western Education is sinful) is an Islamic fundamentalist terrorist group that operates in Northern Nigeria with the aim of implementing strict Sharia law across the region. The organization is known for violent attacks on schools and has become increasingly active with a death toll over 10,000 as of March 2014.
  3. The Nigerian government has consistently ignored the insecurity in the North and even lied about attempts to find the missing girls.
  4. Celebrities and prominent politicians have joined the campaign like Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai and David Cameron, who has pressured the Nigerian government to take action.

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Concerned Citizen: North Korea, Syria, Central African Republic, Uganda, India

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Because the first step to a better world is a well informed citizenry…

The first ever North Korean travel app has launched. Syria’s main opposition group will open a diplomatic mission in the United States. Ethnic cleansing continues in the Central African Republic. Two men in Uganda face prison time over allegations of homosexuality. Indian election death toll continues to rise due to religiously motivated murders.

 

Concerned Citizen: Nigeria, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Venezuela, South Sudan

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Because the first step to a better world is a well informed citizenry…

Northern Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, says they will “sell” hundreds of abducted school girls. #bringbackourgirls. Pro-Russian mob stormed a police station in Eastern Ukraine and freed 67 militants from detention. Over 2,000 people are confirmed dead after a landslide in rural Afghanistan. Venezuela security forces used unlawful and excessive violence against unarmed protesters including severe beatings and gunshots, says Human Rights Watch report. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warns of possible genocide in South Sudan.