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Indonesian police arrested students who raised banned ‘Papuan Independence Day’ flag

December 1, 2021, unofficially considered West Papua Independence Day, marked the 60th anniversary of when Papuans first flew the Morning Star flag in a bid for independence from the Dutch.

Protest in support of jailed opposition activist in Baku turns violent

Scores of activists gathered in the capital Baku to protest the unlawful imprisonment of political prisoner Saleh Rustamov, demanding his immediate release. Rustamov himself is on hunger strike since November...

Armenia’s ex-president Serzh Sargsyan faces bribery charges

The ex-president charged with bribery, in what his lawyer describes as an an attempt to divert attention from the ongoing political and military crisis between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Georgian Communications Commission levies fines on TV channels for ‘political’ content

The Georgian National Communications Commission has fined several TV stations for airing "political" content outside of an electoral campaign period. Some have criticised the fines as disproportionate towards opposition-leaning channels.

Armenia and Azerbaijan pledge progress as leaders meet in Sochi

Commenting on the meeting, Russian president Vladimir Putin said the leaders reached agreements on some of the key issues and that the meeting was overall positive.

Barbados becomes the world's newest republic

"The president of Barbados is now someone that any Barbadian child can aspire to be—and that's so powerful.”

With Ukraine's Kyiv Post shut down, journalists launch new independent media outlet

Ukraine's top English-language newspaper that has operated for over 25 years, suddenly stopped operations on November 8, 2021.

As shorebird populations drastically decline in the French Caribbean, hunting traditions persist

The colonial era practice is still popular in Martinique and Guadeloupe, and also takes place in French Guiana, Suriname and, to a lesser extent, Barbados.

Artist Jasmine Thomas-Girvan taps into the ‘eternal connections’ of Black Caribbean ancestry

"There are many deeply entrenched attitudes from our colonial past that continue to poison how we view ourselves and our citizenry."

Jamaicans mourn the passing of human rights defender Nancy Anderson, who worked to assist the island's most vulnerable citizens

As "a very proud advocate for human rights," one of Anderson’s key achievements was to help make legal services more widely available to the poor in Jamaica.

Digital panaceas for an analog world

This article brings you insights from stories from the hinterlands of Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh on how the livelihoods and safety of women were impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Making Turkish music in Hungary: Can this be a ‘Nasip Kısmet’ moment?

How fortunate is it to be able to play Turkish folk songs in Hungary, despite the anti-immigrant, Christian-values agenda of the prime minister, Victor Orbán.

In Azerbaijan, bullying in schools is still a problem

Ali Malikov, a high school senior, is boycotting his school after lack of action by the school administration and the Ministry of Education to address bullying and harassment.

Barbados forges a digital path by becoming the first country to establish an embassy in the metaverse

While operational specifics are still unclear, Michael J. Casey, Chief Content Officer at CoinDesk, which broke the story, says the Barbados government's move has the potential to be "quite disruptive."

In Turkey women faced rubber bullets, tear gas from police as they marched to end gender-based violence

The protestors' main demand was for Turkey to rejoin the Istanbul Convention, an international treaty pledging to eliminate domestic violence and promote gender equality, which Turkey withdrew from this year.

Jamaica officially recognises the life and legacy of iconic wartime nurse, Mary Seacole

"[Especially during the] COVID-19 outbreak, when healthcare professionals have been similarly challenged by a pandemic, it is an appropriate time to mark her birth, life, legacy and example.”

An interview with media scholar Rose Luqiu about WeChat and techno-nationalism

"A major factor is censorship or 'coerced loyalty.' As other communication tools like Facebook and Twitter are unavailable in China. WeChat has a very special [monopoly] status in China."

‘In my country, I feared the war. But here I feared the Home Office': Asylum seekers speak on the UK refugee process

While the UK has some of the highest living standards in the world, financial resources and legal guarantees are scarce for the most vulnerable people.

Human-elephant conflict could lead to the extinction of elephants in Bangladesh

Around three dozens of resident and migrant elephants were killed in different parts of Bangladesh since January 2020, seven were killed in November 2021 alone.

Cambodian rapper vows to continue writing critical songs after a year in jail for incitement

"I will not stop writing and singing my songs about my country. I will continue to educate the people through my songs and keep the patriotic spirit going."

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