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20 January 2019

Tobago's tourism industry faces setback as Sandals hotel chain walks away from a deal

Talks broke down on a major deal for a Sandals resort in Tobago. Environmentalists see it as a win, but tourism has to swallow its disappointment and press on.

18 January 2019

Correspondence between Arundhati Roy and Shahidul Alam shares resilience and hope

"...the tide will turn, and the nameless, faceless people will rise. They will rise against the entire state machinery."

What's wrong with mainstream media's interpretation of Taiwan's referendum results?

Taiwan just finished its location election and ten referendums on Nov 24, but there are still some misunderstandings about the results in mainstream media.

17 January 2019

Has Kyrgyzstan's new fine for spitting violated the country's ‘social contract'?

"If you don't touch us, we won't touch you."

Under Peña Nieto, Mexican journalists endured threats, killings — and digital surveillance, say researchers

Advox

"If they killed Javier Valdez [the] most protected member in the field, what can the rest of us expect? It is as if we all have a target on our...

Facing targeted attacks, Yemen's Christian minority struggles to survive

"Galileo" is a Yemeni who converted to Christianity three years ago. He's been arrested and tortured, and is now living in fear for his life.

Nigerien man stranded at Ethiopian airport for months

"I slept on the chairs, sometimes I slept in the mosque, I didn’t take shower for two months because [the] airport [has] no place for a shower."

Meet Nigeria's presidential candidates of 2019

The race is on for Aso Rock — the seat of Nigeria's presidency. Meet the 2019 presidential candidates.

16 January 2019

Introducing DigiGlot, a newsletter about languages and tech

Rising Voices

This is the first publication of DigiGlot,a biweekly collaborative newsletter examining how indigenous, minority, and endangered language communities are adopting and adapting technology for their own needs.

Netizen Report: Zimbabwe’s internet goes dark amid protests, nationwide strike

Advox

The update from Zimbabwe, plus: China fines VPN users, Cuba is censoring SMS messages and Iranian officials plan to block Instagram.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon face brutal snow storms and inhumane conditions at camps

"People are sick. Everywhere there is water. We cannot sleep at night. All night we sit and watch the kids and we cannot do anything for them."

Is the Nigerian government gagging the judiciary ahead of presidential elections in February?

"Under Buhari, the press has been silenced. The labour and trade unions, silenced. The civil society organisations, silenced. Public intellectuals, silenced. The judiciary, silenced."

15 January 2019

A year-long rotating Twitter campaign will share the voices of 50 indigenous language digital activists

Rising Voices

Join Rising Voices as we celebrate linguistic diversity during the International Year of Indigenous Languages, with a Twitter campaign amplifying the experiences of indigenous language digital activists in Latin America

Before it was banned, this Facebook profile urged young people to join violent attack group in northern Mozambique

Since October 2017, an unknown armed group has been terrorizing the north of Mozambique with attacks that have left over 200 dead and many villages destroyed.

Venezuela's crisis of political legitimacy has rocked Wikipedia — and might have led to its blocking

Advox

Venezuelan Wikipedians are at war over a question rattling the country: Who has legitimate claim to the presidency?

14 January 2019

A community newspaper won't let Brazil forget its worst environmental disaster

The newspaper was born out of a workshop with a local photo agency, where survivors raised concerns about the way Brazil's mainstream media was telling their stories.

Rare film footage with sound of Kyoto, Japan, from 1929

What makes this film notable is that it features actual sound footage of Japanese city life at that time. Usually, newsreels from that era are silent.

How a Syrian photo collective is resisting Assad's narrative from within

"Through our stories we work hard to portray the current situation of the Syrian streets as it is, through the eyes of its people, reflecting how they feel."

Protests condemn another election delay in Thailand

Thai students turned to Twitter and activists organized protests after the military-backed government announced another delay in the holding of elections.

12 January 2019

Pro-Russia biker club admits participation in protests leading to violent attack of Macedonian Parliament

The revelations of the Night Wolves involvement are important because it flashes out the right-wing populist party VMRO-DPMNE's connections with the Kremlin.

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