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26 May 2019

China arrests filmmaker for retweeting an image of a liquor bottle referencing Tiananmen Massacre

The bottle label carries the image of "Tank Man" with the description "Never forget, never give up".

Meeting a male carpet weaver from Armenia

"When you are professional you do your best. It does not matter whether you are a man or a woman."

How Chinese tech workers are organizing the online #996 labor movement, despite risks of censorship

Advox

In contrast to other social movements and memes on the Chinese internet, #996 has taken shape largely on GitHub.

‘Conservation or community rights’? Bangladesh bans fishing for 65 days

The two-month fishing ban aims to boost fish stocks but it could lead to hunger and displacement in coastal communities.

25 May 2019

Papua New Guinea PM pushes proposal for social media regulation, citing need to stop ‘fake news’

Advox

"The fact is you can't control platforms were information is circulated, attempts to do such undermines the role of democracy and freedom that is enshrined under the constitution."

‘We’re caught in mid-air’: Raising a child with autism in Georgia

From individual therapy to special education teachers in schools, parents of children with autism in Georgia face a constant battle with the authorities to provide the services their children need.

24 May 2019

Journalists, YouTubers, and politicians join forces in Colombia against the killings of social leaders

Social media influencers are trying to draw attention to the struggle of leaders in rural areas to those in connected urban spaces.

30 years after the Tiananmen Massacre: The troubled history of the Goddess of Democracy

The Goddess of Democracy stood for five days in the Tiananmen Square in 1989 before the bloody massacre of June 4.

23 May 2019

In the UK, Timorese celebrated 17 years since the restoration of Timor-Leste's independence

The Timorese residing in the university city of Oxford, UK, hosted the event "20 May", where they celebrated 17 years of the restoration of Timor-Leste's independence.

Russian website attempts to impersonate established news outlet covering the Balkans

"The purpose of publishing under the name Balkanist in Russian is to confuse readers at home, in Russia and elsewhere into questioning our sincerity, what and who we support."

North Macedonia vows to remedy injustices against NGOs, closes legal loopholes abused by former government

"NGOs were penalized and unjustly fined for mistakes they had not made," said Deputy Prime Minister Radmilla Šekerinska.

Inflatable Tank Man sculpture appears in Taiwan ahead of Tiananmen Massacre anniversary

"I think it is important to the Taiwanese people to continue discussing this topic – preventing people from forgetting this event"

Taiwan's same-sex marriage bill is a half-victory for rainbow families

Taiwan has officialized same-sex marriage and granted new rights to the queer community, yet for LGBT parents with children, the battle continues.

Afghanistan's ‘Art Lords’ on painting change at street level

"The common people like this work. The art is for them."

‘Big tech companies won’t solve the problem for us. We can do it ourselves.’

Rising VoicesThe Bridge

My 92 year old grandfather, like Nigerians of his generation, can read and write in Yorùbá. But since they are not 'literate' in English, they are digitally excluded.

India's Lok Sabha 2019: Results are in after a weeks-long election process

People have taken to Twitter to vent out their anticipation. Many have taken the exit polls results to be completely reflective of the actual results and have started congratulating Narendra Modi.

22 May 2019

Kami Rita Sherpa breaks record as he climbs Mount Everest for the 24th time

Defying all odds, the Nepali Sherpa guide climbed the world’s highest peak twice in a week this year – making 24 ascents to Mt. Everest.

21 May 2019

Afghanistan's Mina Mangal: ‘A strong, self-made woman’ gunned down in broad daylight

Advox

The prominent journalist-turned-parliamentary advisor hinted that she needed protection. No one stepped in to provide it.

Love wins: same-sex marriage law fully endorsed by Taiwan’s legislature

Taiwan is the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage, now officially voted by the parliament. The first weddings are expected on May 24.

20 May 2019

The beauty of Afro-Peruvian women through Ayleen Díaz's illustrations

"By drawing different body types and different hair textures, I want people to learn how everything is beautiful."

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