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17 October 2018

Nationwide far-right protests in Japan met with vigorous anti-racism opposition

The main organizing force behind the racist marches is Japan First Party, a political party founded in 2016 who is the direct successor of a much older anti-Korean hate group.

Macedonian propagandist calls for rape of female journalist, sparking outrage

Advox

The threat came from Cvetin Chilimanov, a well-known propagandist and dogged promoter of Macedonia's former ruling party.

Hong Kong Free Expression Week features Umbrella Movement activists and political cartoonist Badiucao

Advox

In recent years, Hong Kongers who support democratic rights and territorial independence have faced fierce repression.

16 October 2018

When will Egypt release photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid aka Shawkan?

Advox

More than one month after a Cairo court verdict that many saw as the end to his ordeal, Shawkan remains in jail.

15 October 2018

Pashtun human rights activist detained at Islamabad airport, released after social media pressure

Advox

Gulalai Ismail is a well-known Pashtun human rights activist and founder of Seeds of Peace network.

14 October 2018

For these Iranian twin-sister artists, collaboration is “like one person working with her other self”

"'Reincarnation' implies a new life. If we can make the audience wake up and realize the world around them and see the beauty in it, it is a huge success."

13 October 2018

Mozambicans react: decriminalisation of marijuana in South Africa

South Africa is a major destination for young Mozambicans for jobs and studies, and many were left wondering how the ruling will affect them.

Will fake news carry Brazil's favored far-right candidate to victory?

Advox

Facebook and WhatsApp have seen a flurry of false and misleading posts promoting Jair Bolsonaro, who is likely to be Brazil's next president.

12 October 2018

The 19th century best-selling author excluded by the Brazilian Academy of Letters

Writer and novelist Júlia Lopes de Almeida was "the first and most emblematic example of [an] institutional vacuum caused by the gender barrier" in Brazil.

Why are African governments criminalising online speech? Because they fear its power.

Advox

The noise we make on digital platforms scares oppressive regimes. In some cases, it can even force them to rescind their actions.

11 October 2018

‘Gabbie’ chatbot helps victims of sexual harassment in the Philippines

"Gabbie provided an additional platform for victims who want to keep a level of anonymity, or when Facebook is more accessible to them compared to phone or face-to-face counseling."

10 October 2018

Japanese television program turns migrant raids and deportations into entertainment

"With no deep insights, without even a shred of critical analysis and the stupidity of superficial entertainment, [this] is the worst television program on Japanese television today."

8 October 2018

I, Xenophobe: Chronicle of a migratory displacement

The Bridge

"The migrant's life is solitary in the extreme. Your friends live on WhatsApp, you do nothing but work and, in our case, watch the crisis unfold from afar."

Portuguese PM drew criticism over clothing choice during visit to Angola

António Costa's official visit to Angola following months of diplomatic tensions between the two governments has caused a stir over his clothing choice.

Journalists across India share their testimony on the deteriorating state of media — and vow to fight back

Advox

Four journalists have been killed because of their work in 2018. Killings have evoked public outrage, but little response from the government.

Hong Kong rejects visa of Financial Times editor who hosted pro-independence talk

"The Hong Kong authorities’ visa renewal rejection—without explanation—of a journalist who’s done nothing more than his job smacks of Beijing-style persecution of critics".

7 October 2018

Despite proven flaws, India's biometric ID scheme was upheld by the Supreme Court. Now what?

Advox

Legal scholars and social scientists are likely to pore over this significant judgment for its far-reaching impact on civil liberties and socio-economic issues.

6 October 2018

Osaka cuts sister city ties with San Francisco over “comfort women” statue

The mayor of Osaka wrote a 10-page letter in English listing -- often in bolded, underlined text -- a litany of reasons for the breakup.

5 October 2018

Japan mortgages its future, choosing growth over environment

The Bridge

"One could speculate that the Japanese militarism of the early Showa period has simply been channeled into fanatical devotion to the principle of economic growth."

Mexicans celebrate indigenous cuisine with an online healthy food challenge

Mexicans eat more processed food than most Latin American countries despite the country's nutritious indigenous dishes.

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