Stories about English from June, 2018
The dark side of World Cup fun in Russia: Online mobs are bullying women getting ‘too friendly’ with foreigners
The World Cup euphoria will fade in a few weeks, but hard questions about women's rights in Russia are still lingering, it seems.
With elections approaching, Pakistani journalists and activists face rising risk of assault, abduction
This election will mark the second time a democratic transition of power will occur in the country's history.
Central European University (CEU) announced that it will remain open in Budapest for the next academic year amidst a legal battle and debate over its destiny with the Hungarian government.
"Hungary's gov targets NGOs...because Hungary is small and these happen to also be the only NGOs working on civil rights of Hungarian citizens: looking into police abuses, representing protesters..."
Journalists and users of social media networks are concerned about sections of the recently amended bill which could negatively impact press freedom and online speech.
"The new law on higher education centralises responsibility at universities and withdraws autonomy from individual faculties...In addition, smaller Universities are marginalized in favor of the larger ones."
"If visiting Twitter, Facebook is appropriate and harmless, why [are they] only granting foreigners access but not Chinese?"
More than one million Uyghurs in China's Xinjiang province have been sent to re-education camps to unlearn and correct their religious and political views.
"Despite the government’s claims, control is at the heart of the new legislation."
The Nepali “sausage vine” evergreen plant is famous in the United Kingdom, yet remains unknown in Nepal
"We plant and eat fruits of foreign origin like avocado and kiwi...However, we don’t even know that foreigners are trading delicious fruits taken from our own jungles."
"With decision makers still jammed in the vicious cycle of coal and nuclear, building a strong climate movement that crosses borders seems more important than ever."
"I had volunteers. Many of them!"
#BabaeAko campaign unites women in challenging the sexist behavior of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
"I am a mother, a teacher, a Filipino. I condemn Duterte for being a misogynist and making it 'acceptable' for women to be hated and attacked."
"#Guyana is the only South American country where homosexuality is still illegal. It just held its first LGBT Pride parade. Let's hope decriminalisation is next..."
"Today's agreement betw. Athens and Skopje is a historic and very courageous achievement that will benefit both sides and the entire region."
With the effect of soft power on display for the rest of the world to see, how have Russians been reacting to the influx of large, eager crowds of foreigners?
The Amnesty International report reveals that a network of social media fake accounts are used to infiltrate the activists communities in Pakistan.
"20 years on, 1998 is barely acknowledged. There [are] a lot of things to be done in terms of healing, to obtain some forms of justice."
"Candle light vigil last night in #KarbiAnglong by Karbi Students' Association, KNCA and many other organizations, demanding justice for #NilotpalDas and #AbhijitNath and an end to lynch mob culture..."