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· March, 2018

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Stories about English from March, 2018

31 March 2018

‘They Beat Me Everyday With an Electric Cable…They Smashed My Head Into the Walls’

Lensa, who is from Ethiopia, is one of many migrant domestic workers in Lebanon forced to work and live in difficult conditions under Lebanon's notorious "kafala" (meaning sponsorship) system.

How English-Language Pronouns Are Taught Around the World

Globally, close to 1 billion people are learning English as a Foreign Language and all of them encounter binary gender pronouns from the earliest lessons.

30 March 2018

Tunisian MPs Propose Legislation Criminalising ‘Cyber Defamation’

Advox

"This bill is the result of a repressive mindset restrictive of freedoms, reflecting a nostalgia for the dictatorship era".

29 March 2018

‘Women Make the News’: Online Database Connects Journalists to Thai Female Experts

UNESCO Bangkok has launched a website that links Thai journalists and researchers to female academics, government officials, corporate leaders, and NGO activists.

28 March 2018

In the Wake of a Fatal Fire in Russia, Official Numbness and Online Trolling Stoke Outrage

RuNet Echo

The tragic Kemerovo incident exposed not only the Russian officials' numbness to grief and poor crisis management skills, but also the society's susceptibility to online trolling, both state-sponsored and external.

A Journey for Justice in the Americas, Part 1: Three Women Tell Their Stories in Kingston, Jamaica

"To stop [my activism] would mean that I am giving another police officer permission to kill another of my brothers, or anyone else for that matter."

From the 2017 Global Voices Summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka: Into the Deep Podcast

In this podcast, a dozen Global Voices contributors take you to the latest Global Voices Summit and talk about their real life friendship, cross-cultural collaboration, and the value of community.

Overseas Chinese Nervous About the Cancellation of Household Registration Back Home

The cancellation of hukou may imply that they might not be able to receive their retirement pension or sell properties they own. Other big cities may follow in Shanghai's footsteps.

27 March 2018

A Muslim Scholar Seeks to Link Israel and Indonesia Through the Hebrew Language

"I told my family that what I'm doing might have uncertain consequences, but it's something that needs to be done."

26 March 2018

A Romanian in the UK: On the Thin Line Between ‘Undesirable Migrant’ and ‘Welcomed Contributor’

"No more "bad migrant"-"good migrant" division games. People's lives do not fit in a tickbox. Politicians should listen to more real migrant stories to understand."

24 March 2018

The Sterilization War In India That Never Stops

In 2015-16, 82% of women who got sterilized did so at a govt-run center. For family planning, 85% of government funds are allocated to sterilization, and 13.5% to equipment, salaries.

Tuberculosis Survivors Advocate To Eradicate The Disease From India

Community mobilization is key to ending Tuberculosis in India. The survivors of this disease are sharing their stories to strengthen the fight to eradicate TB from India.

22 March 2018

The Dystopian Reality of Being an ‘Accidental American’

The Bridge

"In this dystopian world, you occupy a special place... You've never had any relationship or communication with the US authorities. You don’t have any US paper except your birth certificate."

21 March 2018

#SayNOto66d: Documenting the Surge of Online Defamation Cases in Myanmar

Advox

The #SayNOto66d website documents online defamation cases in Myanmar while providing information tools to support the campaign to repeal the law.

On World Poetry Day, Some Verses Straight From Persia's Heart

The Bridge

"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."

20 March 2018

Trinidad and Tobago’s First Female President Claims Her Role as ‘Humble First Servant’

"It finally feels like the narrow vision of the past has broadened to include people on their merits, yet what a heavy burden of expectations the first one [...] carries."

From Sydney Biennale Installations to Film Screenings, Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees

"How do we go from a darkness where we have dehumanized refugees and militarized responses, to one where we reclaim a shared human identity?"

19 March 2018

A Respected Ceramicist and a Skilled Novelist: Jamaica Loses Two Much-Loved Creatives in Two Days

"Jamaica, we mourn the passing of sculptor Gene Pearson and writer Garfield Ellis. But we will celebrate them always."

Ghouta's Youth Become War Reporters to Shine a Light on Suffering Civilians

"I want to be a journalist to convey the innocents' suffering or study chemistry to make medicine to the people." - Noor, 12 years old, Eastern Ghouta

18 March 2018

Despite Resignation of Slovakian Prime Minister, Thousands of Protesters Continue to Demand Justice for Murdered Journalist

An estimated 65,000 protesters demanding early elections gathered in the capital city of Bratislava while thousands more rallied in the streets of other cities.

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