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15 August 2018

The ongoing water crisis in Iran's Ahwaz region looming towards disaster

"Why don’t the authorities listen to our voices? Our Buffaloes are dying because of the river drying up. [...] If these animals are starved, we will starve too."

14 August 2018

A Brazilian animation about drag queens is singled out, criticized on moral grounds

"If Super Drags is a cartoon for adults why is the Brazilian Paediatrics Society worrying itself?"

13 August 2018

The capture of Mozambique’s notorious criminal Nini Satar meets sceptical public reaction

"Ms Prosecutor, is somebody on conditional release a fugitive?"

Lebanon ramps up interrogations of online activists

Advox

“You cannot bring us up with a mentality of freedom and then try to oppress us.”

Romania's paediatrician shortage crisis signals red flags about its healthcare system

Several hospitals in towns outside the capital Bucharest operate with only one pediatrician on duty. When they take a vacation, the unit has to shut down.

12 August 2018

His world was what it was: the enigma of V.S. Naipaul

The Bridge

"There are books of Naipaul’s I hope never to read again, and books of his without which I can’t understand the world I was born into."

11 August 2018

Condemnation of independence activist draws a red line for Hong Kong's press freedom

Advox

The Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club is under fire for organizing a talk by independence activist Andy Chan.

9 August 2018

Russians are facing criminal prosecution for sharing memes online, thanks to anti-extremism laws

RuNet EchoAdvox

Repressive laws and cumbersome bureaucracy are putting hundreds of Russians behind bars for sharing memes online.

Four women icons of the Syrian revolution

The Bridge

One perished in a Syrian prison, two died in exile, the other is still missing. The personal histories of these four Syrian women challenge us to not to forget.

Netizen Report: Bangladesh protests trigger mobile network cuts, journalist arrest

Advox

Venezuela goes after journalists' cameras after drone attack, Iran re-routes Telegram (to government servers) and Google tries to go back to China.

For Cuba's transnational families, a little internet goes a long way

The Bridge

To understand the changing dynamics of the many Cuban families with members living abroad, spend some time in the country's public wifi parks.

8 August 2018

The abortion legalization movement in Argentina gets a boost of global solidarity

Support for the movement has expanded on social media to include similar struggles in other counties.

What happens when women report sexual assault in Japan?

"If this happens again I will feel more powerless knowing there's probably nothing I can do, and nothing the police will do."

India's biometric ID system takes more heat, after Google admits it coded helpline numbers into Android phones

Advox

With a growing list of incidents of system malfunctions and personal data leaks, Aadhaar has failed to gain public trust.

What destiny for diversity in Afghanistan? The case of Sikhs and Hindus

"So sad! I can’t imagine their grief and pain when leaving the country, especially, Avtar Singh’s family whose wounds are still fresh!"

To see the full brutality of ICE's impact on immigrants, look inside U.S. borders too

The Bridge

"The terror ICE raids sow in communities affects us all. In immigrant communities this often results in a reluctance to call police, cooperate with authorities or show up in court..."

“What followed horrified us beyond our wildest imaginations”: an eyewitness account of the Bangladesh student protests

The Bridge

"Young Bangladeshis like me are tired of fearing for our lives on the roads—fearing being run over simply because the driver values making money more than human lives."

7 August 2018

As Malaysia's new government marks 100 days in office, is free speech still under threat?

Advox

"We hope to see a genuine departure from the old oppression, and a transition into a Malaysia where all ideas can be discussed peacefully and our constitutional rights exercised maturely."

With refugees evicted, France’s ‘Calais Jungle’ is now a nature preserve

Was the project is motivated by a desire to protect the area’s wildlife or was it an attempt at 'greenwashing' the forced eviction of migrants from their living spaces?

6 August 2018

Landmark ruling in Angola acquits journalist Rafael Marques of all charges

Advox

While Marques had been brought to court on previous occasions, this was the first time he was formally acquited.

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