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· April, 2019

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Stories about English from April, 2019

30 April 2019

Jailed Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor's life is at risk, after six weeks on hunger strike

Advox

Mansoor was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015. He has been jailed multiple times since 2011.

29 April 2019

Benin sees internet blackout on election day

Advox

A nationwide internet shutdown that lasted well into the night, leaving voters in the dark about their election day choices.

26 April 2019

Tanzanian authorities detain and deport Ugandan human rights leader

Advox

Human Rights Watch says Tanzania has witnessed "a marked decline in respect for free expression, association and assembly" under the current government.

24 April 2019

Malaysian activist under police probe after LGBT speech at the United Nations

"The police investigation into Numan’s statement merely serves to highlight the harassment, bullying and discrimination faced by LGBT persons in Malaysia."

23 April 2019

A look at United Arab Emirate's renewable energy goals

The UAE’s climate commitment for 2021 is “is not consistent with holding warming to below 2°C, let alone limiting it to 1.5°C as required under the Paris Agreement.”

Leica's promo video referencing Tiananmen Square massacre went viral on Chinese social media. Then, it disappeared.

Advox

For days, users were forbidden from writing the words "Leica" in English and "徕卡" in Chinese on Weibo.

As a comedian wins Ukraine's presidency by a landslide, Russians watch with awe and envy

RuNet Echo

Russians have been glued to their screens as they watched a rare show: unpredictable elections where an incumbent can hold debates with an outsider, lose the vote, and concede peacefully.

21 April 2019

A series of bomb attacks on churches and hotels spark terror in Sri Lanka

Hundreds were killed and injured in a series of planned explosions in Sri Lanka. A twelve-hour islandwide curfew was declared by the government while social media sites were restricted.

20 April 2019

‘Culture of killing and impunity’: Coffee shop shooting in the Philippines leaves two dead

"The full details remain unclear, but what does remain clear is that this culture of killing and impunity has emboldened murderers to openly boast of their weapons and shoot people."

Will the Haitian president's third pick for prime minister solve the nation's security issues?

Haiti's security situation is currently quite volatile, sparking hope that the proposed new prime minister will be able to work with President Moise and deal with pressing socio-economic issues.

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

19 April 2019

A Global Voices story helps translation competition winners express their passion for the Czech language

An international competition of translation into Czech using a GV story presents awards to global winners.

How alternative health magazines advance Russia's soft power in the Balkans

Mundane health advice such as doing exercise and eating vegetables becomes "Russian advice" in magazines such as Russian Doctor, Russian Herbalist, Russian Encyclopedia of Health.

Pope Francis will visit North Macedonia in May, shortly after presidential elections

It is the first time a pope visits North Macedonia.

17 April 2019

Indian voters undeterred by missing names from electoral lists and violent clashes

Barring a few incidents, the voting on the first day of the election went on peacefully and voter turnout was high. The next phase of election starts on April 18.

China's Censored Histories: Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Advox

The crackdown on internet freedom in early June has become an iconic source of panic for the Communist Party of China.

15 April 2019

Russian state media scolds independent outlets for ‘neutral’ word choice in counter-terror operation reports

RuNet Echo

RT’s Russian-language website attacked other media outlets for using the word “killed” instead of “liquidated” or “neutralized.”

Jailed UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor continues hunger strike

Advox

Mansoor is serving ten years in jail after a court convicted him of publishing false information and rumours on social media.

14 April 2019

Teenager's tragic death at Baku school directs anger towards Azerbaijan's broken system

A disgraced school director, a local official and hospital staff have all come under fire over Elina Hajiyeva's tragic death.

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