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· March, 2019

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Stories about English from March, 2019

30 March 2019

A magical image of a Carnival stilt-walker asserts the legitimacy of public breastfeeding in Trinidad & Tobago

"Eating in public spaces is normal and natural regardless of whether you’re eating off of a plate, a banana leaf or your mother’s breasts."

Back-to-back fires in Dhaka trigger concerns over regulation and safety in Bangladesh

Fire remains a persistent safety concern for Bangladesh, especially in Dhaka, the most densely populated city on earth. Agencies trying to change the status quo face an uphill battle.

In the Caucasus, queer people are forced to flee their homes

"There is a point after which you just can’t take it anymore."

29 March 2019

Russian regulators ask VPNs to block blacklisted websites, but most have refused

RuNet EchoAdvox

This defeats the purpose of a VPN, a technology used primarily to help people access censored websites.

Is the Haitian parliament's revocation of Prime Minister Céant's another feat of zero-sum game politics?

The no-confidence vote and resulting reshuffle are impacting the government's capacity to provide a timely and effective response to Haiti's socio-economic crisis.

What changed for the Macedonian people after the country changed its name to Republic of North Macedonia

However, that didn't just transform the Balkan country's international relations: it also introduced many changes that affect the everyday lives of its people.

India's elections are right around the corner — and the fake news problem is not going away

Advox

Experts have found that many of India's most insidious disinformation campaigns arise from political parties themselves.

In India, a video brings awareness to children suffering from mumps

A video reporting the outbreak of mumps at a primary school in Uttar Pradesh led to setting up of health camps and ensured that children were treated.

28 March 2019

Facebook comment about throwing an egg at Singapore minister triggers police probe

Advox

"To be honest, I don't feel much regret. I feel it's a matter of freedom of speech, and that we have a right to voice such opinions."

27 March 2019

The Slovakian memes that tore apart the first round of presidential elections

Pro-EU candidate Zuzana Čaputová won the first round following an eventful race that was wittily captured by the Slovakian internet on memes.

Growing controversy in Myanmar: A Kachin banana plantation in photos

"Most of the plantations have Chinese backing and are accused of stealing land, damaging the environment and violating their workers’ labor rights."

26 March 2019

With elections just days away, Ukraine faces disinformation, cyber attacks and further Russian interference

Advox

Ukraine may be home to “the most globally advanced case of computational propaganda.” How will this affect the presidential election?

China’s press freedom crackdown poses a threat to democracies, says media watchdog

“If democracies do not resist, ‘Chinese-style’ propaganda will gradually invade the world’s media, competing with journalism as we know it.”

25 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: #MeToo in China

Advox

The term “rice bunny”, which sounds similar to “me too” when spoken in Chinese, was used as a replacement hashtag to get around the censors.

Two years after completing his sentence, Emirati activist Osama al-Najjar remains in detention

Advox

Al-Najjar was arrested over tweets calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in the Emirates.

Burundi: Scribble on the president's picture — go to jail

"If I did this in Nkurunziza’s Burundi, I could be jailed."

24 March 2019

Cote d'Ivoire's chocolate waste spurs second industry in cocoa butter

An Ivorian woman makes cocoa butter to sell to soap makers, using chocolate scraps from Cote d'Ivoire's booming cocoa bean industry, the largest in the world.

23 March 2019

Deprived of citizenship, the Vietnamese of Cambodia live on the edge of society

“They tell us to go back to Vietnam. They say we fish everything and leave nothing for them. They tell us to go home. They don’t want us here.”

Website fighting against body-shaming proves Carnival is for #everyBODY

"Thanks to masqueraders like Candice Santana and our followers, we can shed a different light on what true representation of masqueraders looks like."

22 March 2019

Violence tiptoes in on jokes, stereotypes, and lies — and catches us by surprise

The Bridge

Yeah, I'm angry. And scared. About racism. Our future. The Netherlands.