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23 June 2019

‘I found myself in life': Armenian barber excels as a counsellor for his elderly compatriots

One customer worries about the weakness in his legs following a stroke, another about "young boys with hair like women."

Equal and more equal: Separatist Abkhazia's passport policy

"I love my country very much, but seeing this injustice, I just want to leave."

22 June 2019

New documentary explores the roots of Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya community

"I wish people in Myanmar see this film, since it is not only about Rohingya, it is about all ethnic minorities, who have faced persecution for years."

Trinidad & Tobago walks the talk for World Conversation Day

For the first time, Trinidad and Tobago took part in World Conversation Day via a series of offline talks about topics from creativity to aging — all streamed online, of...

‘Silence and invisibility hide under the sham that is Mexico’s racial intermixing’

"Intermixing as biopolitics denied the existence of black communities in this land."

Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters paralyze government and police operations

Among the demands made by Hong Kong's anti-extradition protesters is an independent investigation of police brutality in relation to the clashes on June 12.

21 June 2019

For Albania and North Macedonia, are the European Union's doors half-open or half-closed?

Both Western Balkan countries were hopeful for a positive outcome from the EU foreign ministers' meeting on June 18.

Netizen Report: Lawyers seek court challenge against Ethio Telecom over internet shutdown

Advox

Pakistani bloggers face threats for online speech, Algeria shuts down social media and Indonesian police say they’re "cyber patrolling" WhatsApp.

Years after eviction by an oil extraction project, a Ugandan community waits for justice

The Bridge

Uganda’s oil reserves can potentially bring in revenue of over US$50 billion over 25 years, but extraction projects are happening in areas where land rights and tenure are not clearly...

Bangladeshi surfer girls are pushing back against conservative gender norms

Surfing has not only allowed them to retain a piece of their childhood but they now confidently dream of securing a bright future for themselves – dignified jobs, a good...

Is China headed towards another Cultural Revolution?: An interview with Professor Xu Youyu

"Justice has not been served to those who were killed, suppressed and jailed. Those who were exiled still can not return to their homeland."

Hong Kong police remove ‘riot’ label from June 12 protests, but citizens still demand justice

A coalition of civil society groups has called for an independent investigation into the excessive use of force by police during the June 12 protests.

20 June 2019

I won't climb Everest: a graphic travel journal (part one)

The BridgeGV Community Blog

"From our eyes shine excitement and the (heavy) cultural baggage of the West around the legendary 'roof of the world'."

19 June 2019

Handcrafting behind bars: Women inmates in Albania create ‘made in prison’ accessories

"I feel like a normal person again. I have been sentenced 3 years in prison and everything was hard, but now you are helping me to see a hopeful life."

Hong Kong press watchdog calls for investigation into police abuse against 26 journalists during protests

Advox

"Journalist watchdog recorded 10 cases of police officers firing tear gas bombs at close range towards reporters, 3 of whom were hit on the head."

Public pressure forces Trinidad & Tobago government to drop amendment to Freedom of Information Act

"...people should be very proud of a democracy that obviously is quite healthy—that civil society came together quickly and comprehensively as it did, and that government was sufficiently responsive."

18 June 2019

Mozambicans celebrate after the state's infamous ‘hidden debts’ are declared null

On 4 June, Mozambique’s Constitutional Council, declared null the guarantees from the Mozambican state for debts acquired by public companies following a petition by civil society organizations.

17 June 2019

On displacement

The Bridge

"Displacement has no particular citizenship. It comes on a slow, malarial boat, or dropped from the sky on small islands buffeted by storms in the Caribbean, our common sea."

‘Step down, Carrie Lam!': Two million rise up once more against Hong Kong extradition bill

Having flouted due process and ignored public criticism of an extradition bill amendment that could put Hongkongers at serious risk, Chief Executive Carrie Lam is paying the price.

Surprise victories in the 2019 midterm Philippine elections offer hope to the opposition

Despite being fiercely attacked by state-supported elements during the election season, the opposition succeeded in disrupting local political dynasties in some key cities.

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