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14 December 2018

Removal of Filipino language and literature as required college subjects sparks opposition

"We believe that Filipino language and literature is vital in deepening the critical, creative, free, and liberating capacities of students and people."

13 December 2018

Women entrepreneurs break barriers in Kashmir

"...I get negative comments on social media, even by women, but I think these comments given to me have helped me grow from a better person to a better designer"

12 December 2018

Serbian internet users ridicule disinformation broadcast by pro-government media

Advox

Local media misinformed the public about the scale and scope of the protest, sparking a cascade of online criticism.

11 December 2018

Singapore government threatens critics and independent media with defamation claims

Advox

"How can a prime minister be offended by someone sharing a Facebook post?"

10 December 2018

Lebanese journalist goes on trial for covering migrant worker abuse allegations

Advox

Lebanon's Cybercrimes Bureau also asked him to sign a pledge to not speak about the case again, but he refused.

For the first time, a digital security app is available in Aymara thanks to Bolivian language activists

Rising Voices

"For us, language is our identity. If we lose our language, we lose our traditions, our culture, our stories, our ancestral knowledge -- we lose everything."

9 December 2018

Japan Times backtracks on editorial policy redefining ‘comfort women’ and ‘forced labor’

"We can discuss nuance all day long, but at the end of the day, it was Japan that invaded Korea and used slave labor."

8 December 2018

Massive farmers’ march highlights India’s stark inequality

In 2018, Indian farmers staged two big protests to draw the Central Government's attention to the deepening agrarian crisis and resulting farmer suicides. Will these really change their future?

6 December 2018

Major drug bust highlights the no-nonsense style of Trinidad & Tobago's top cop

"As much as we may wish it to be otherwise, Gary Griffith is not the answer to our prayers but the symptom of our failure."

New internet laws in Russia — and US tech giants’ acquiescence — spell trouble for dissenting voices

RuNet EchoAdvox

These new laws and rules, along with other laws regulating the collection of online user data, makes it difficult to use online platforms to voice discontent in Russia.

France seeks three high-ranking Syrian officials in the deaths of French-Syrian nationals

The three officials are wanted in connection with the detention and subsequent disappearance of two French-Syrian nationals, Mazen Dabbagh and his son Patrick.

5 December 2018

Trinidad & Tobago court rules Olympian's dreams were killed by ‘biased’ gymnastics federation

The whole fiasco had more twists and turns than a gymnastics routine, but many believe Williams' forced withdrawal was illegal and her attorneys have been fighting for justice ever since.

Sri Lankan Court temporarily bars disputed Prime Minister Rajapaksa from office

The battle over who will get to be the official Sri Lankan Prime Minister continues with the latest decision temporarily barring disputed PM Rajapaksa from office.

4 December 2018

AMLO, Mexico's new pacifist president, will create a militarised police force to fight street crime

As Mexico enters the twelfth year of its armed conflict, the president-elect sparks controversy proposing to militarize the police.

3 December 2018

Netizen Report: Who else is being silenced in Saudi Arabia?

Advox

Jamal Khashoggi's murder forces light on other abuses in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh blocks Skype and China goes after Twitter users.

Macedonia's former ruling party organized a trolling apparatus for spreading hate speech, threats

Advox

In a TV interview, a former Macedonian government official revealed that the former party created and is still actively running online "troll farms".

Remembering LGBT activist Zak Kostopoulos: killed by a lynch mob, slandered by Greek media

Zak's death unleashed both demands for justice from LGBTQI communities from across the country as well as hate speech against such communities and Zak himself.

This epic poem describes the grief of Yugoslavs over the death of John F. Kennedy

An epic poem titled “Death in Dallas” reflected the popularity of United States President John F. Kennedy in the former Yugoslavia.

1 December 2018

South Sudanese singer Nyaruach calls out ‘boring man with no plan’ in feminist hit

"You are such a bastard guy, I just want to say goodbye. May God bless you where you are. You boring man with no plan. With no plan!"

Terrifying folk rituals from Japan added to UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list

The demons enter homes to scare children until being placated with sake. In other variations of the ritual, the demons will chase children through the streets to scare them.

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