Stories about LANGUAGES from February, 2018
‘Ready to Reckon With the Colonizing World, Daring It to Try’ — What the ‘Black Panther’ Film Means to Trinidad & Tobago
"Black Panther is sublime. Not because it's a perfect narrative. No such thing exists. [...] It's sublime because it's an ardent vehicle for black joy."
“Stop Bombing Syria!” Berlin Protest Demands Immediate Ceasefire in Ghouta and Afrin
"We can no longer accept this inferno in Eastern Ghouta! We cannot remain silent about the murders of Turkey in Afrin!"
Who Is Responsible for the Avalanche of Garbage That Killed 16 in Mozambique?
"Maybe now that the worst has happened, the authorities will alert themselves to the urgent need of closing the Hulene waste disposal site."
A Sudanese Village Arts Festival Looks Back to the Future
"Karmakol festival offered a rare look back at the Sudan our parents told us about, but also the Sudan that could have been, and, hopefully, the Sudan that could be."
Lynching of Indigenous Man in India's Kerala Exposes Intolerance Towards Minorities
"People who are trying to find romanticised reasons for the murder, it is only because he was an Adivasi, he was killed."
‘Monarchy Restored'? China Set to Remove Two-Term Presidential Limit from Constitution
"Actually, the constitutional amendment is not that surprising. The amendment is just turning 'party dictatorship' into 'party dictatorship led by an individual for his lifetime'."
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce Quits As Private Affair Becomes Public Scandal
The Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has resigned after his affair with a staff member turned the spotlight on his political integrity.
Twitter Thread of Observations and Surprising Moments in Japan Goes Viral
When a user experience designer traveled to Tokyo he was surprised and amazed by the small details of daily life. His observations about Japan then went viral on Twitter.
Can a Court Order and Protests Save Centenary Trees on Bangladesh's Jessore Road?
The trees at Jessore road bear the witness of two historic refugee exodus – one during the partition of the Indian Sub-continent, and the other during the Bangladesh Liberation War.
All of the Soviet Union's Academy Award-Winning Films Are Legally and Freely Available Online
Ranging from epic war dramas to romantic comedies, the Soviet Academy Award winners available online with subtitles in English and some other languages offer a perfect binge-watching opportunity.
Saudi Arabia, a United Nations Human Rights Council Member, Continues Rights Crackdown
"The General Assembly is supposed to take into account the contribution of candidate States that seek membership to the HRC in the promotion and protection of human rights."
India's Investigation Agency ‘Defines’ Duties of a Journalist After Arresting Kashmiri Photojournalist Kamran Yousuf
"Indian authorities must stop trying to crush the independent press in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Authorities should immediately release Kamran Yousuf."
Australian MP George Christensen's Joke Gun Photo Denounced as Threat Against ‘Greenie Punks’
Just days after the Parkland Florida student massacre, an Australian politician posted a photo of himself firing a pistol asking, “You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?”
Laughing in the Face of an Internet Shutdown In Bangladesh
"To stop the leaks, better to cancel the exam rather than shutting the internet down. Then you won't have to worry about leaks anymore."
Censorship in Serbia Hits a New Low After Newspaper ‘Edits’ an Obituary
A Serbian newspaper censored part of an obituary of a graphic artist, which noted that one of his last works was a book about censorship.
Tunisian Security Forces Target Journalists Covering Anti-Austerity Protests
The press in Tunisia is "too free," Tunisian president Essebsi said at a joint press conference with French president Macron on 31 January.
As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent
After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."
Serbian Journalists Face Harassment for Investigating Spending by Defense Minister (and His ‘Aunt From Canada’)
In spite of threats, investigative journalists keep demanding accountability from Serbian Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin.
Protests in Trinidad's Capital as Residents Face Off with Police
Police say they shot and killed a man in a shootout, protestors claim it was an extrajudicial killing, wider society has no sympathy, and no solutions are being put forward.
“Do Others Know We Exist?”: A Nurse's Testimony from Syria's Besieged Eastern Ghouta
"We were crying for Umm Muhammad, and because we were afraid. We wondered whether we were going to face the same fate, and whether our children would be rendered motherless."
#ThemToo: Syrian Women Tell Stories of Rape in Regime Prisons
"Raped women are caught between the anvil of the regime and the hammer of society."