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· May, 2017

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Stories about English from May, 2017

25 May 2017

Iraqi Parliament Slammed for Bill Restricting Free Speech, Right to Protest

Advox

Instead of working to ensure stronger protections for freedoms, the Iraqi parliament is rather seeking to pass a repressive law.

Cries of Impunity as Macedonia's ‘Bloody Thursday’ Parliament Attackers Get Suspended Sentences

According to members of the security forces who spoke anonymously to journalists, the attackers planned to execute people, but were deterred by the eyewitnesses filming the event on their phones.

‘We Can Finally Get Married!': Taiwan to Become First Asian Country to Recognise Gay Marriage

Taiwan's constitutional court ordered the legislature to either amend the Civil Code or introduce new provisions to recognise same-sex marriage within two years.

Is the Belt and Road Project the Answer to China's Economic Woes? Some Aren't So Sure.

"...the risk for bad debt is huge. While other countries can easily back down from the initiative, as the leader of the initiative, China will be the last to quit."

24 May 2017

Following Uproar, Shia Leader Tries to Make Amends With Iraq's Christian Community

Past comments by Alaa al-Moussawi sparked a number of lawsuits by Christian Iraqi families for disturbing the plurality of Iraq. He has since apologized.

Trinidad & Tobago Ministers Rack Up Big Bills—and Social Media Outrage

Trinidad and Tobago netizens are tired of public officials wantonly spending taxpayers' money, especially in a sluggish economy.

New Database Aims to Track Rights Violations of Caribbean's Most Vulnerable Communities

The Caribbean has just launched its first online database aimed at tracking human rights violations and providing data to assist advocacy work.

23 May 2017

Flooding Washes Up Jamaica’s Poor Planning and Environmental Practices

Changing weather patterns, poor planning and development, inadequate drainage, and careless waste disposal converge to create disaster zones in Jamaica after just three days of heavy rains.

Corruption Fighters Slapped with Corruption Charges in Graft-Prone Central Asia

"Everything turned rotten a long time ago. There is nothing left to save!"

22 May 2017

Russia's State Duma Invites a YouTube Star to Speak

RuNet Echo

A woman who once submerged herself in a bathtub filled with potato chips for her 5 million YouTube subscribers, Sasha Spilberg addressed the State Duma this Monday.

Malaysian Editors Face Cybercrime Charges for Posting a Video that Criticized Attorney General

Advox

In the video, which was taken during a press briefing, a former member of the ruling party called for the resignation of the attorney general.

Helping Write The Story of Sex Workers in Uganda

The Bridge

Every day over 300 women go to Bwaise, a slum district in northern Kampala, Uganda, to sell sex.

Lebanese Activists Disturb Talk by Politicians and Call for Better Political Representation

"We wanted to tell them: You Stink, your expiry date has passed...you stole people's rights by not allowing them to vote."

Panic Over Russian Online Suicide Game Sparks ‘Whale Hunt’ in China

Advox

Pro-government groups are waging a campaign against the game, and internet censors have predictably gone into overdrive.

Beirut's Municipality Deals Another Blow to the City's Green Space

The municipality's recent policies are threatening the capital's last remaining major green space

21 May 2017

Ethiopia’s Cholera-Denying Candidate to Lead the World's Top Health Body Is Taking a Battering Online

"I fear that the WHO’s reputation will be tarnished and credibility questioned if it elects Dr. Tedros Adhanom."

Why Doctors and Students Are Protesting Against Sri Lanka's Only Private Medical College

"It remains to be seen, if the Medical Mafia will continue to deprive the right to a private medical education for our youth."

Viral Video Triggers Debate Over Patriotic Education in China, Again

"My kids do not need to follow so-called 'heroes' who killed their fellow countrymen. They should learn how to love the environment, recycle used items, act in a civilized manner."

18 May 2017

‘Cyber Warrior’ Group Threatens to Extort Indian Women on Facebook

Advox

Threats of character assassination and extortion can carry severe real-life consequences, especially for women.

#FreeThe5KH Campaign Seeks Release of Five Detained Human Rights Activists in Cambodia

The five have been recognized as among the finalists in the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2017.

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