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12 November 2018

Mauritania keeps anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid in prison — and far away from parliament

Biram Dah Abeid, who is also an elected government official, is accused of slandering and threatening a journalist with close ties to the Mauritanian government.

Lebanese Health Practitioners Condemn anti-LGBTQ+ “Conversion Therapy”

The group's HINAD campaign follows multiple reports of gay people being subjected to various forms of conversion therapy, and a urologist's 2017 call for electroshock therapy to be used.

11 November 2018

A Conversation with Gyani Maiya Sen, one of the last speakers of a dying Nepali language

"...her commanding tone was the evidence of the aura she might have carried around when she was young -- powerful like a ‘queen of the jungle'."

10 November 2018

Pakistani right-wing political party meets online backlash after sowing violence in Asia Bibi case

After countrywide violent protests by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, petitions and campaigns are launched against the religious political party.

Amid police raids and vigilante threats, Brazilians fear for freedom of expression in public universities

"There is an empowerment of conservative ideas inside of the state apparatus that is very, very dangerous."

Is Jair Bolsonaro another Rodrigo Duterte? It's more complicated than you think

The Bridge

As Brazilians prepare for a Bolsonaro presidency, they’d do well to look at the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte’s two and a half years in office.

Zimbabwe's black rhinos at risk as China reverses a 25-year ban on horns

Conservationists lack the financial resources required to increase security and boost capacity to monitor and track poachers in Zimbabwe's national parks. China's partial ivory-ban reversal may make matters worse. 

9 November 2018

Russia’s most progressive media outlet finds itself on the wrong side of #MeToo

RuNet Echo

Kolpakov is the first-ever man to publicly resign over sexual assault accusations in Russia. And he's a #metoo supporter.

Algerian TV network director files defamation case against independent journalists

Advox

"When we denounce corruption and favouritism, it’s an act of patriotism....we are an actor of stability, seeking to drive the country in the right direction".

Western Saharan media activist Bashir Khadda suspends 45-day hunger strike in Moroccan prison

Advox

Khadda is among 25 activists prosecuted and jailed by Moroccan authorities for their roles in the 2010 Gdeim Izik protest movement.

8 November 2018

Life after Manus: Talking to Iranian cartoonist Eaten Fish about life in and out of Australia's detention camps

"I had to steal papers from workers and it took me more than two years to send my drawings out. It is the only reason why I am still alive."

Africa uncovered: an interview with Aida Muluneh

"[...] being African is really more complex as well and it’s not just one thing. There are different definitions and different interpretations and I just happen to be one of...

7 November 2018

A conversation with Nicky Nodjoumi on the power and politics of his art

"Choosing power as one of the main topics of my work is rooted in the desire to drag it down to the ground and make fun of it."

Volunteers chronicle the lives of murdered Colombian activists in words and drawings

"Postales para la memoria" (postcards for memory) is a collaborative project in which illustrators and writers volunteer to draw portraits and write short biographies of the murdered activists.

6 November 2018

Angolans react to government's new law-and-order initiative

"The most important rescue by the state would be to provide the conditions to guarantee decent jobs"

Stories of Sri Lankans who are “Taking a Stand” for democracy

“Though I’m 92 years old, I feel I must make a stand for democracy.”

Eastern Ghouta's displaced residents are stuck between a rock and a hard place

The Bridge

The displaced masses of Ghouta arrive in northern Syria tired, broken and burdened by unbearable memories and the pressure to begin their migratory lives with difficult choices.

Political cartoonist Badiucao abruptly cancelled his Hong Kong exhibition — and then went silent

Advox

The event was seen by many as a test of the limits of free speech in Hong Kong.

5 November 2018

Apple censors sensitive words from device-engraving service in Hong Kong and China

Advox

Banned words include the names of current and former Chinese state leaders and the phrase "Taiwan independence".

Suicide attack against Russia's domestic intelligence agency spells more trouble for activists

RuNet Echo

A suicide bomber's attack against a local intelligence agency's office in Russia, allegedly an extreme reaction to violent persecution of leftist activists, generates yet more trouble for the latter.

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