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17 November 2019

Antigua & Barbuda wants Harvard Law School to ‘make amends’ for the gains it enjoyed from slavery

"Admitting that Harvard benefited greatly from the backs of slaves in Antigua and making a few token changes to [...] a shield does nothing to correct the grave injustice."

Iranian-Kurdish refugee Behrouz Boochani free at last from Australian offshore detention

"I just arrived in New Zealand. So exciting to get freedom after more than six years."

15 November 2019

Malaysian writer faces probe after publishing a book about her decision to not wear a hijab

"It is important for us to remind the government that freedom of expression is not a crime and freedom of religious beliefs is not an insult to Islam."

14 November 2019

Hong Kong's university campuses turned into battlefields amidst a three-day strike

Clashes between police and student activists started the first day of the general strike on 11 November as some protesters attempted to create roadblocks to disrupt traffic.

13 November 2019

‘Brazil might not be a dictatorship, but it's not a democracy either,’ says Brazilian journalist

Mário Magalhães wrote a book about 2018, the year that changed Brazil forever.

No major problems with fake news in Croatia, says news anchor

"We in Croatia have no major problems with false news, at least not in the mainstream media, but there is a certain distortion of facts on the margins of the...

In Mozambique, Frelimo's landslide electoral victory rejected by opposition

Frelimo also elected 184 out of 250 seats of the unicameral legislative and all 10 provincial governors.

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong responds to Thai Army Chief

Joshua Wong gives updates on the Hong Kong protest and addresses allegations by Gen Apirat Kongsompong, Thai Royal Army Chief.

Stubble burning and polluted rivers choke India's capital

This year, the Indian national capital region is facing a severe pollution crisis as smog grows out of control and toxic foam covers the badly-polluted Yamuna River.

The future of asylum seekers is uncertain in Sri Lanka

"The authorities must take urgent steps to guarantee the safety, dignity and human rights of all refugees and asylum seekers, ensuring that they are safe and have humane living conditions."

Former university lecturer jailed for online posts in Vietnam

Advox

Vietnamese authorities continue their crackdown on freedom of expression against ordinary citizens even when they do not engage in any grassroots activism or political movements.

Letter to China: My Uyghur friend Zainur has been detained in one of your camps for two years

The Bridge

"They scanned the faces of anyone who entered the masjid. They banned fasting. We buried our books. They told us to remove locks from our doors. 'I don’t know why.'"

12 November 2019

Belarus 2020: A course to decolonisation?

The Bridge

Belarus is the most Russified post-Soviet country. In recent years, a series of creative civic initiatives to promote the Belarusian language have been launched to change that.

US withdrawal from Syria tests Russian soldiers’ social media use

RuNet Echo

New footage from Syria shows that despite new information security measures, the Russian military is willing to weaponise its soldiers' social media posts when it is timely to do so.

Hong Kong activists denounce court ban on ‘violent’ content as a threat to internet freedom

Internet Society Hong Kong will file a judicial review against an interim injunction prohibiting anyone from posting, re-posting and aiding the dissemination of information that promotes violence.

Vanuatu journalist says his work permit was revoked for criticizing the government

"People will hem and haw and say all kinds of things, but it boils down to this: I spoke out, and was punished for telling the truth."

11 November 2019

Beirut demonstrations honored in a map showing protest as a process of live ‘city-making’

“Maps are important additions to the visual "magma" we're being exposed to because they allow us to summarize, reflect and put things in perspective."

Putin announces plan to ‘replace’ Wikipedia

RuNet Echo

The publishing house behind the Great Russian Encyclopedia has allocated two billion rubles (over $30 million) aimed at developing a “domestic equivalent” to Wikipedia by the end of 2022.

Wake-up call or smear campaign? How an ad for sanitary pads is dividing Turkish public opinion

In Turkey, a top sanitary pad brand comes under fire after it releases a feminist ad.

Hong Kong police violence escalates dramatically: unarmed protesters shot with live rounds

Hong Kong protests escalate into city-wide roadblock and strikes, after allegations of gang rape in a police station and the death of a 22-year-old university student.