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· January, 2018

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Stories about English from January, 2018

21 January 2018

To Achieve Freedom for Iran and the Arab Nations, the Region Must Unite

The Bridge

"United, we can rebuild the region and save all our peoples before the Iranian regime drags us all over the precipice into a chasm of sectarian bloodletting and chaos."

20 January 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Site at Risk: Bulgarian Government Allows Construction in Pirin, Citizens Protest

Protesters want the controversial decision withdrawn and credible guarantees given that park preservation and the rule of law will be protected -- including the resignation of Environmental Minister Neno Dimov.

State of Emergency Over Worsening Crime Has Some Jamaicans Relieved — But Is It an Effective Approach?

Is a state of emergency "making progress", or is it a shot in the dark as Jamaica grapples with addressing the social and economic inequity that fuels violent crime?

19 January 2018

Reuters Journalists Covering Rohingya Conflict in Myanmar Detained for ‘Illegally Acquiring Information’

Advox

"If Myanmar is serious about democratic reforms, it must accept the right of journalists to work freely and report on topics that make those in power uncomfortable."

17 January 2018

Is Taiwan a Country? What About Tibet? China Says They Aren't—and Wants Foreign Companies to Fall in Line

Multinational corporations have faced pressure to apologize for listing Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Tibet as countries on their websites, even if in reality it's a common practice.

Philippine Authorities Order Shutdown of Rappler News Site, Bringing a Blow to Press Freedom

Advox

"If this revocation stands, Rappler will effectively be shut down —the first time a news organization will be closed by government since the dictator Marcos declared martial law in 1972."

16 January 2018

How Will Macau's New Cybersecurity Legislation Impact Freedom of Speech?

Advox

The Macau Civil Servants Association (MCSA) called the proposal to monitor online data through binary code “arbitrary, disproportionate and illegal."

Gold Mining Threatens Communities in Macedonia's Agricultural Heartland

"We've given mining concessions on top of water springs to dig out an insignificantly small amount of gold. Someone has decided to poison us with arsenic, sulfuric acid, and cyanide."

Two Leading Figures of the Arts in Iran. Two Very Different Reactions to the Protests.

A notable writer, known for fighting against censorship, condemns the burning of the flag during protests. A notable filmmaker, however, shows support.

Why Wait? Wikipedia and Google Accidentally Declare Putin the Winner of March 2018 Presidential Elections

RuNet EchoAdvox

Whether the error was intended as a joke, or as a political move, is unknown.

15 January 2018

Nigerian Police Arrest a Journalist and His Brother Over a News Article They Didn't Write

Advox

"Police have no business raiding a journalist's home and locking him up just because an officer does not like something written in the press."

Palau Visitors Are Now Required to Sign a Pledge to Respect the Environment

"Children of Palau, I take this pledge, as your guest, to preserve and protect your beautiful and unique island home."

13 January 2018

This Week in the Caribbean: From ‘Shithole’ Comments to ‘Wining’ Laws

This week, Caribbean netizens rail against the US president's "shithole" comment, discuss violent crime in Jamaica and debate the new "wining" law that will impact Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.

In 2017, Samoa's Parliament Made Libel a Crime. How Will This Affect Bloggers and Social Media?

Advox

"Concerns about anonymous bloggers should not override the right of citizens to speak freely, without fear of being jailed."

Pakistanis Demand #JusticeForZainab, 7-Year-Old Raped and Murdered in Kasur

"12 young girls, have been raped and murdered in the last one year...Failure of Pakistan’s 'Criminal Justice System' lies at the root of this public anger."

12 January 2018

Africans ‘School’ US President on Good Governance After ‘Shithole’ Comment Sparks Global Outrage

"Yes, Africa [has] problems. We don't dispute it. But name calling & outright disrespect by the very nation that has stripped off its resources for years is totally crossing it."

Does Free Speech Mean Free to Preach Hate? An American Fundamentalist Pastor Tests Jamaica’s Limits

"Allowing this American pastor into Jamaica, and giving him platforms at schools to spread his lies would threaten the fundamental rights of Jamaican women, children, and LGBT people."

Post-Earthquake Tsunami Scare in the Caribbean Region Highlights a Shaky Range of Preparedness

"I want to know, now what? How will these alerts be communicated to the citizenry that's not on Social Media? This is quite sobering I tell you."

11 January 2018

India's Biometric ID System Is Leaking Personal Data — And State Agencies Won't Fix the Problem

Advox

Instead of improving the Aadhaar system, India's unique ID authority is going after journalists who write about its flaws.

10 January 2018

After Facing Harassment from Authorities, Pakistani Journalist Narrowly Escapes Abduction

Advox

Taha Siddiqui is the bureau chief for WION news. He also is an avid social media user and critic of the military.