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9 July 2020

In the Brazilian Amazon, fires and pandemic are a disastrous mix

COVID-19

In the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, the increase in fires in the Amazon could overburden even more the healthcare system, with more cases of respiratory problems.

Czech author Radka Denemarková on Kundera and patriarchy on the Czech literature scene

"We still await a book about Kundera written by a young, sensitive, intelligent woman, as Kundera's world is based on patriarchal values."

Indian activists publish the first online magazine in the Santali language

Rising Voices

Language activists from the eastern Indian state of Odisha have recently published the very first online magazine in the Santali language.

8 July 2020

Tech giants halt data requests as Hong Kong national security law casts long shadow

Advox

Local demand for circumvention tools is surging amid fears that a China-style "Great Firewall" is in the offing.

Authorities in Republika Srpska accused of burying genocide memories in tourism bid

The Vilina Vlas hotel hosted unspeakable crimes during Bosnian War in the 1990s. But it is still being billed as a haven for family breaks.

‘Venezuela has gone backwards’ on LGBTIQ+ rights, says congresswoman Tamara Adrián

An interview with the first transgender congresswoman in Venezuela reveals legal battles for transgender people in the country.

The Uyghur Meshrep: A traditional community gathering censored in China

While Uyghurs have for centuries celebrated male bonding and cultural transmission in a ritual of music and conversations, China is now banning the original concept of the tradition.

‘African art has nourished all civilizations': A Conversation with Algerian artist Rachid Koraichi

"We owe thanks to this wonderful continent that allows us not only to exist but also to give lessons, even if some people want to push us into the corner."

7 July 2020

Vietnamese authorities arrest four land rights activists

After the events at Đồng Tâm this January, certain activists have spoken out against the violence used by troops, making themselves targets for arrest by the authorities.

Sudan uprising: Nertati sit-in, the new wave

On June 28, citizens in Nertati, Darfur, held an ongoing sit-in with several demands: An end to armed militia attacks on civilians, disarmament, the arrest of perpetrators and agricultural protection.

Housewife, mother, frontliner: A look at women in Hong Kong's anti-China extradition protests

Women struggled against gender stereotypes and police violence to earn recognition on the frontlines of the movement.

6 July 2020

COVID-19 leads to closure of popular bookshops in Bangladesh

COVID-19

"There are so many second-hand books with probably no more copies in the world… many valuable documents of Bengali literary culture will be lost like this."

4 July 2020

Indians create awareness with #DalitLivesMatter

Inspired by the activity of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Indians are paying attention to one of the country's most disadvantaged populations.

3 July 2020

How COVID-19 affects education for people with disabilities in Ghana

COVID-19

In Ghana, students with disabilities shifted unexpectedly to online learning and faced several technical, economic, and social challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nigeria declares ‘state of emergency’ on rape and sexual assault

In Nigeria, a culture of rape and impunity persists, making it difficult for victims to hold their abusers accountable. Police often dismiss rape cases and blame the victims.

Justice, inclusion and an economy for all: Australian activists mobilise at Virtual Progress 2020

COVID-19

“No matter what ways they break you, you still have to be able to form a fist”

India bans TikTok, 58 other apps amid rising anti-China sentiment, border clashes

Advox

The border clashes and the stand-off between India and China reached naught after India decided to ban video-creation platform TikTok and 58 other apps due to “security issues”.

Uyghur emojis help spread message of cultural resistance over social media

Rising Voices

Emojis representing Uyghur characters and culture are now available on the encrypted messenger platform Telegram in an effort by the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries to raise visibility.

Everton Weekes, last of the ‘Three Ws’ of Caribbean cricket, dies at age 95

"Everton Weekes was a great Barbados champion who epitomised living life to the full."

2 July 2020

Hongkongers braved the newly enacted national security law with a leaderless protest

One huge banner summed up the defiant mood of protesters. "We f***ing love Hong Kong," it read.

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