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18 July 2019

The organization and future of the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests

Professor Francis Li shared insights into protesters' organization strategies and discussed the future of the movement during a public salon at the Hong Kong cafe Brew Note.

Brazil's top court criminalizes homophobia and transphobia

"We believe that punitivism should not be the way for regulation, but since we live in a society tha only reorganizes itself with laws, it is an important decision."

17 July 2019

Is Trinidad and Tobago ready for a liberal political party?

The Progressive Party is the latest addition to Trinidad and Tobago's 2020 elections race, but can they perform well against the solidly entrenched two-party system?

Could polygraph testing for Trinidad & Tobago police help create more public trust?

With an increasing crime rate, the idea is to help make officers more accountable and rekindle public faith in the police service.

Cambodian activists arrested for commemorating the anniversary of political analyst Kem Ley's death

"The accusation that a peaceful gathering merits a prison sentence is a serious and systematic threat to the little remaining space left for freedom of expression in the country."

16 July 2019

‘No VAT on Pad’ protests prompt Bangladesh government to remove proposed tax

Amidst protests, the Bangladesh government decided to scrap the proposed increase of VAT and supplementary duty on the manufacturing materials for locally made sanitary pads.

Kremlin's new law against ‘online disrespect’ proves hard to implement

RuNet EchoAdvox

The law allows courts to fine or jail people found guilty of making “insulting statements” towards the authorities online.

15 July 2019

A prolific theatre producer is one of the latest victims in Trinidad and Tobago's homicide spiral

Tributes are pouring in across social media channels following the death of this local theatrical icon.

#MeToo in Myanmar: Two documentaries on how the global movement has inspired women to speak out

A major challenge in advancing women’s welfare is resisting feudal thinking like the concept of hpon which promotes the supposed superiority and positive spiritually of men over women.

The fight against disinformation in Bulgaria is almost nonexistent, says journalist Ivan Georgiev

"Bulgaria is a border state between the West and the East and it is seen as a weak spot on the European map by the Russian propaganda."

A look at indigenous women in Mexican cinema

Indigenous Mexican women in film, like Yalitza Aparicio ("Roma", 2018), Carmen Martínez ("At' Anni'", 2019), and Ángeles Cruz ("Arcángel", 2018), are drawing the attention of audiences worldwide.

Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun still detained by Beijing after six months

Advox

There have been concerns that he has not received adequate support from the Australian government.

14 July 2019

Jamaican women tackle the climate crisis on all sides

Women in Small Island Developing States are most at risk when it comes to the climate crisis. Luckily, different groups of Jamaican women are tackling the problem from every angle.

Puerto Ricans demand that Governor Rosselló resign amid corruption and #Telegramgate scandals

A corruption probe by the FBI and and an 889-page Telegram chat leak reveal an ugly side of the governor and his cabinet.

Why are people debating the proposed car-free day in Colombo?

A car-free-day in Colombo sounds like a good idea from an environmental point of view, but there are other concerns -- and exposure to street harassment tops the list.

12 July 2019

Victoria Espinosa: Farewell to a tireless activist for Puerto Rican theater

Puerto Ricans remember renowned artist's legacy.

Beloved hill is a ‘painkiller’ for Afghans seeking refuge from conflict-torn Kabul

"I had this normal life, free of stress. There were no suicide bombings, no killings. Today our lives are full of uncertainty."

Moldova's journalists cautiously optimistic after ‘silent revolution’

Following inconclusive parliamentary elections, the pro-Russian and pro-EU opposition put their differences aside and formed a government, ousting the ruling party lead by the country's most powerful oligarch.

Pseudoscientific racial theories by discredited British psychologist keep going viral in the Balkans

The cyclical spread of pseudoscientific notions about IQs based on race or ethnicity taps into pre-existing stereotypes as well as it reinforces them in this region.

11 July 2019

Macedonian PM publicly apologizes after he was deceived by pro-Kremlin Russian pranksters

In the video, the Russian pranksters pretend to be the former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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