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From death in Syria to quarantine in Madrid

In Madrid, freedom is forbidden for your protection, and in Syria, the deprivation of freedom is designed to make you die a thousand deaths.

Reorienting Taiwan and Hong Kong: New avenues for building power

" ... Taiwanese theorist Wu Jieh-min once posed what seems in retrospect a rather utopian vision of activists in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China uniting to combat their shared enemy—the...

It's time to tackle post-COVID-19 mental health

Realistically, how many survivors will receive treatment for their mental health?

Is moving to Canada the real American Dream?

"I thought Canada was just another America, only with nicer people and colder weather. Since moving to Toronto, I’ve been fascinated by the special relationship between the two."

Building safer online spaces in Myanmar

“Facebook was, and continues to be, the favored tool for disseminating hate speech and misinformation against the Rohingya people, Muslims in general, and other marginalized communities.”

Moderate globally, impact locally: A series on content moderation in the Global South

''Even as the platforms have grown and spread around the world, the center of gravity of these debates continues to revolve around D.C. and San Francisco.''

As a Salvadoran, the U.S. symbolized safety for me. Now, that is crumbling

Incessant US immigration reforms under the Trump administration bring uncertainty and hopelessness to immigrants like me.

New Facebook Oversight Board must remove content of notorious Sudan militia

“Despite the harrowing violations, the RSF maintains a presence on social media, most notably Facebook, which has been the main platform for this militia to spread its messages …”

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.”

History repeats itself: Chinese state terror and the dismantling of Uyghur neo-Jadidism

One of the many casualties of the Chinese state's assault on Uyghurs is the climate of progressive and education and culture fostered and funded by Uyghur entrepreneurs.

Old statues, new maps

"It's not an action that Columbus' local devotees ever imagined enacting: for them, the old map not only rules, but should always rule, no matter how much blood drenches it."

Americans, your fantasies about Canada enable Canadians’ complacent sense of white superiority

When it comes to racism, the United States is far more advanced than Canada. At least Americans can talk about race. Canadians can't.

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

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.

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."

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

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

‘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."

Could COVID-19 help push peace forward in Yemen?

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.

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."

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

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

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

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

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