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15 June 2020

Going far together: The East African diaspora steps up to address COVID-19 in their home region

COVID-19

To tackle the lack of information about COVID-19 and a shortage of PPE, members of East Africa’s diaspora in the US are taking action to help their homelands from afar.

9 June 2020

Actually, anti-Blackness has everything to do with Sri Lanka

"As long as colonial legacies continue to govern our sense of identity, politics, and society. . . we will continue to be complicit in anti-Blackness."

5 June 2020

In Nicaragua, people apparently die of ‘pneumonia’, not COVID-19

COVID-19

The current Nicaraguan administration has neglected the healthcare system and been letting people die since 2018. 

3 June 2020

‘To speak of George Floyd, it is necessary to speak of my own failures’

"I think of. . . all the times I've bitten my tongue while my uncles raged on about the grotesquerie of blacks, their laziness, their ineptitude, their savagery."

29 May 2020

Could COVID-19 help push peace forward in Yemen?

COVID-19

While leaders have stalled on a unified response to ending the violence to deal with the virus, several activist groups in Yemen are pushing forward a ceasefire agenda.

22 May 2020

Why Hong Kong isn’t dead yet

"Today Beijing imposed the “national security” law in Hong Kong. It gives them broad powers to go after anyone they don’t like. Anyone who criticizes them. Anyone who disobeys them."

13 May 2020

‘If a dirt, a dirt': COVID-19 and the reopening of the Jamaican economy

COVID-19

"Once things have “opened up” it will be back to normal. I don’t believe it will be a “new normal” – just normal."

8 May 2020

COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago education's digital divide

COVID-19

"What we do not want is a situation where the exclusion of students is a threat greater than COVID-19 to our education."

29 April 2020

Women conquer space in Bolivia's Carnival of Oruro

Long excluded from the festival, woman and non-binary people have now claimed their place.

28 April 2020

Notes from Kazakhstan: Pigeons, disinfectant and COVID-19

COVID-19

In authoritarian Central Asia, the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for states to make a show of strength of strength, yet it also lays bare their weaknesses.

17 April 2020

Harvey Weinstein’s prison sentence is a reminder of the difficulty of obtaining justice for sexual assault

"How many have been denounced, prosecuted and sentenced?"

2 April 2020

April Fool’s Day, COVID-19 and Trinidad and Tobago’s ‘recalcitrant minority’

Who would ever have predicted that a speech made on April 1, 1958, would reverberate in April 1, 2020 through a speech made by another leader in the same political...

1 April 2020

The most critical lesson we've learned from the COVID-19 outbreak is the importance of free speech

COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread, there is pressure in Hong Kong to silence discussion of the disease and punish doctors who are raising the alarm about its origins.

29 March 2020

Venezuela’s feminist movement begins rising above political polarization

“The State doesn’t take care of me, my female friends do."

25 March 2020

Grief, alienation, trauma: Kashmir under lockdown

"The removal of Article 370 may or may not impact the people of the Kashmir valley, but the treatment meted out only reminds us about the brutal occupation of our...

21 March 2020

‘The bars will spill over to songs of you': A Caribbean farewell to Kenny Rogers

"Depend on it, Kenny Rogers, when coronavirus leaves the long gambling-table of life, having taken too many of us with it, the bars will spill over to songs of you."

10 March 2020

The anti-feminism of Mexican President López Obrador

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador keeps sending messages that show an astounding lack of support for the victims of femicide.

7 March 2020

International Women's Day: How far have we come?

"Although Macedonian women gained the vote in 1946, the progress of the women’s movement here reminds me of the national folk dance – three steps forward, two steps back."

16 February 2020

The feminist translators and interpreters revolutionizing the profession in Argentina

"Feminism is always growing and diversifying, and feminists must come together and create areas of common interest and practice unique forms of activism that move away from hegemonic feminism"

12 February 2020

Semi-quarantined: Living with the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong

COVID-19

"The park is half-empty, but we have decided to let our daughter enjoy a few hours of daily sunshine. We are determined not to let ourselves be overwhelmed by fear."

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