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· July, 2020

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Stories about English from July, 2020

Nigerians counteract COVID-19 denialism with social media campaigns

Nigerians directly confront coronavirus denial headlong with counter-narratives that use ordinary language in campaigns devoid of the usual mistrust between citizens and governments. 

Appeal court says the answer to Guyana's election results lies in the recount

Guyana's general elections took place on March 2. Now, the appeal court has ruled that the Chief Election Officer must submit his official report based on the recount results.

Hong Kong government disqualifies 12 pro-democracy candidates running for the local legislature

Beijing is determined to block any pro-democracy candidates to be elected to the Hong Kong Legislative Council in order to extend its full political control over the territory.

Trinidad & Tobago NGO identifies treatment of women as key issue in upcoming elections

The histories of several electoral candidates have prompted the gender rights organisation Womantra to highlight "the need for urgent and collective attention to end violence against women in politics."

How Balinese communities in Indonesia are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

"COVID-19 mini-wikithons provide a safe space for people to talk in their native Balinese language about their challenges and coping strategies of the pandemic in Balinese communities."

Four student activists arrested in Hong Kong for ‘inciting secession’ because of related social media posts

Hong Kong's newly established national security police united has arrested four youngsters aged between 16 and 21 on suspicion of inciting secession in their social media posts.

Secret trials threaten open justice in Australia

"The cases… highlight the need for strong action to ensure that any such trials are held in open court and subject to public scrutiny."

Chinese nationalists call for retaliation measures against US diplomacy

While the Chinese government attempts to de-escalate tensions following the closure of one of its consulates in the US, nationalists talk about a "nuke race" on Chinese social media.

Former prime minister of Barbados, Owen Arthur, dies

"There is no economist working today in this region of the world who has not drawn on the wisdom, rigour and intellectual fearlessness of the [Right Honourable] Owen Seymour Arthur."

Anti-fascist movements are re-emerging in Brazil to counter Bolsonaro

In 2020, anti-fascist demonstrations have emerged as a counter-offensive to recent protests organized by President Jair Bolsonaro's supporters.

It's been 30 years since the attempted coup in Trinidad & Tobago

"Given that an unequivocal apology may never be obtained, we citizens must be the drivers of effecting our own reconciliation."

Iranians and Hongkongers connect through online campaign against China-Iran deal

Despite language and cultural barriers, Hong Kong and Iranian activists share similar views when it comes to speaking out against China's proposed 25-year partnership agreement with Iran.

Satirical comedy skit lands four Ugandan comedians in jail

The arrest of four comedians in Ugandan for a satirical comedy skit that went viral comes at a time when the government has passed regulations controlling the creative arts industry.

Documentary exposes the threat of facial recognition surveillance in Serbia

Online documentary warns the public about privacy risks emanating from a newly installed video surveillance system equipped with Chinese facial recognition technology.

Journalist's abduction raises concerns about media freedom in Pakistan

On July 21, renowned Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan was abducted in Islamabad. Though he was released about 12 hours after, fingers are being pointed at state security agencies.

The long and winding road to Guyana's 2020 election results

After many false starts, there was finally a recount, but legal challenges that question the interpretation of key sections of Guyana's constitution have dragged out the process even further.

Sri Lankan wildlife threatened by poaching during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka, rising unemployment has been linked to the surge in illegal wildlife poaching.

A never-ending cycle of doctors’ strikes and funding debacles leaves Nigerians at the mercy of the pandemic

Events such as doctors’ strikes and funding debacles are bound to recur until the root cause of the problem is exorcised from Nigeria's public health system.

COVID-19 in Europe: The price of being rich

“ … higher incomes mean fewer children and more elderly people, and this age distribution runs smack into the face of an overwhelming force of nature.”

Out of work, out of options: Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand scrape by during COVID-19

"Since my workplace was closed, I don’t have much money left, I don’t know where to find work. I live in a construction camp with my 4-year-old son."

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