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6 February 2016

Anxiety Over Government-Sanctioned Violence Engulfs Uganda as Elections Approach

"Don’t send your children to bring chaos in Kampala and cause confusion during elections, disrupt peace in the country, government will handle you…. you will be shot."

5 February 2016

Meet Brazil's (Literally) Most Sung Hero: The Japanese Federale

“Oh my God, I'm done for. The Japanese Federale is knocking at my door.”

Afghan Five-Year-Old Murtaza Ready to Meet Argentine Football Star Messi

"We do not have any personal desires but what we expect is opportunities for our children to have a better future."

Ukrainian Censor's ‘Explicit Content’ Database Is Up for Grabs

RuNet Echo

Ukraine's now extinct National Expert Commission for Protection of Public Morality accumulated a database of "explicit" content during its tenure—and no one knows what to do with it.

Did Argentina’s New President Just Arrest His First Political Prisoner?

Officially, Sala was arrested on two charges: “inciting criminal behavior” and spreading “disorder” by lobbying cooperatives to oppose the governor's reforms by resisting the state's new requirements.

‘Lion's Blood’ Stickers Pop Up All Over Sri Lanka, Stoking Fears of Renewed Ethnic Hatred

"Today, politically motivated groups alleged to be close to the former regime have unleashed a new wave of hate and racism under the “Sinha Le” label."

4 February 2016

Will Armenian Civil Society Remain Electric?

"Thanks to #ElectricYerevan we see there are other better possibilities. That was a first great step."

Political Interference? The Culling of Japan's Broadcasters Culminates in a Respected Journalist's Ouster

"Pressure from the Abe government? All newscasters critical of the government have been taken off the air, one after the other."

Amid Political Posturing and Dancehall Vibes, Jamaica Finally Announces Election Date

"Jamaica is in need of a leader who is truly interested in laying aside partisan politics...What I witnessed in the video is hyped up bravado and noise..."

The Movement for Affordable and Accessible Sanitary Napkins in South Asia

In Bangladesh, India and Nepal, efforts are underway to provide women with a sanitary napkin they can afford in order to improve health and remove social stigmas attached to menstruation.

3 February 2016

Kazakhstan's Requiem for the Tenge Drowns Out Upbeat President

"It seems it is time to start exporting organic fertiliser. This is a particularly promising direction, given we are now fairly deep in shit."

2 February 2016

The Zika Virus Threat Looms Large in the Caribbean

The World Health Organisation has just declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Some Caribbean territories have been preparing for it, while others have been slow to mobilise.

1 February 2016

Following Prisoner Deal, Iranian Nobel Laureate Calls on Tehran to ‘Make Peace With Its Own People’

While expressing joy at Iran’s recent release of four imprisoned Iranian-Americans, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the Iranian government to “make peace with its own people.”

Russian Social Network VK Claims to Protect Users From Warrantless Surveillance

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

VKontakte's Ukrainian spokesperson says the social network abhors censorship and only shares user data with secret services when presented with court orders. The website's turbulent history paints a different picture.

The Dangerous and Complex Reality of Women Who Join Central American Gangs

"...I thought it was the best way that people could defend themselves, by being on the strong side rather than the weak one."

What Kicked Off in Uruguay that Lasts for 40 Days?

It lasts for 40 days and is considered the longest carnival in the world. The Uruguayan Carnival brings together traditions born Europe and Africa, and offers a whole lot more.

Jamaican Painter Barrington Watson Dies, Leaving Behind a Rich Visual Legacy

"He was the most highly trained artist, and he brought those academic principles to art."

Russia and Chile Join the Global Campaign to Save a Saudi Poet From Execution

RuNet Echo

Poets and activists in Moscow and St Petersburg expressed their solidarity with Ashraf Fayadh, who's been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia. Similar events were held in Chile and Mexico.

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