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Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert freed from Iranian jail in prisoner swap

"It’s far past time for democratic allies — indeed all responsible governments — to work together to end state sponsored hostage taking once and for all, beginning with #Iran"

Hong Kong pro-democracy trio defiant in face of upcoming jail sentence

The trio, all former members of the now-disbanded political party Demosisto, faces a number of different charges.

Trinidad & Tobago deports Venezuelan women and children as matter of ‘national security’

The deportation of 16 Venezuelan minors and nine women shortly before they were supposed to have a habeas corpus hearing has prompted energetic debate in Trinidad and Tobago.

Caribbean football enthusiasts mourn the passing of Diego Maradona

The loss of Maradona is being felt around the world, including across the football-obsessed Caribbean region.

Can secularism be compatible with Islam?

"Islam has become an insecure identity that is always undermined by criticism from the Christian or godless, but always colonial, West."

In Pakistan, social media platforms risk bans under new ‘draconian’ rules

New rules vesting the government with the power to regulate online content and ban entire platforms drew criticism from human rights groups and tech companies.

Rubber ducks in Thai protests inspire solidarity and memes

"The image of Thai authorities, armed to the teeth with riot gear and shields, facing off against…rubber ducks…highlights the sheer asymmetry of the battle between protester and state."

Activists protest dam construction in northwest Georgia

A planned US$800 million hydropower project, the largest in Georgia, is meeting resistance from residents of the Rioni River valley

Chronic kidney disease affects 1 out of 10 Salvadorans, including children

Yet, more and more people throughout the world, and in this case, El Salvador, get CKD due to exposure to agrochemicals and dehydration.

Report into Australian special forces war crimes in Afghanistan ‘gut-wrenching’

"Heinous violence such as war crime cannot be concealed forever, no matter how much efforts are made to do it, as the Australian case shows."

Belarusians mourn the death of young opposition supporter

The 31-year-old Roman Bondarenka was the fourth person killed since protests began over the results of August's presidential election. As they mourn, Belarusians fear that they could share his fate.

Are some citizens being targeted more than others when it comes to Trinidad & Tobago's COVID-19 legislation?

Many fear that inconsistencies regarding who is brought before the law for breach of COVID-19 protocols is adding to public confusion, which could result in further flouting of the legislation.

How a grassroots revolt restored democracy in Peru

The protests were massive, with everyone united around the common goal of showing their indignation against the corruption of the political class.

In Jamaica, backlash over limestone quarry in ecological area sparks youth online activism

Jamaican youth are rallying against a government decision to allow limestone quarrying in an ecologically sensitive area, and proving they know how to use online tools to their advantage.

In the Middle East, words escape prison walls to inspire freedom and hope

"Why is our homeland so small and tight, and why am I considered a criminal or an enemy that threatens it!”

Somali journalists say new media law will muzzle free press

Somalia’s media workers say that the draconian new media law will repress journalists who are already struggling in a hostile media environment. 

Two white snakes, first of their species in the world, found in Nepal

Two white-coloured kraits (Bungarus), discovered during rescue calls in the Province 2, in the southeastern region of Nepal, are first recorded cases in their species in the world.

The greatness of Caribbean writer Jean Rhys

Best known for “Wide Sargasso Sea,” her daring riposte to “Jane Eyre”, Rhys is an integral part of the literary canon. A panel of writers dissects what makes her great.

Stop playing politics or face a ban, Nintendo warns Animal Crossing gamers

Nintendo's newest hit is being used as a platform for political expression, and the Japanese video game giant is having none of it.

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