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18 September 2018

At the peak of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Jamaicans remember ‘Wild Gilbert’

Jamaicans can't recall a storm worse than Gilbert in 1988 -- and as this year's Atlantic hurricane season gets active, they hope they won't have to.

17 September 2018

Nigerian Twitter has an impersonation problem — and the platform is failing to take action

The inaction of Twitter and the Nigerian government are worrisome particularly with Nigeria’s general elections coming up in 2019.

12 September 2018

Pakistan government's pro-minority stance questioned as Ahmadi economist's appointment is revoked

The appointment of Ahmadi Muslim economist Dr. Atif Mian to a government Council sparked a social media smear campaign, and right-wing religious parties threatened nationwide protests.

10 September 2018

Jamaica finds new appreciation for beloved cultural icon and language activist, ‘Miss Lou’

"Underneath her wily comedic style, she forced the society to face unpleasant truths. But it is the unapologetic championing of the Jamaican language that so endeared her to many Jamaicans."

6 September 2018

Two women who dared to oppose Rwandan President Paul Kagame

"By extending his 23 years in power, Kagame is denying Rwandans an opportunity to experience the first-ever peaceful transition of power in their country."

4 September 2018

Confronting human rights violations in Africa one hashtag at a time

Galvanised by increased connectivity, pan-African online communities are using social media to speak out against repression and support young candidates challenging leaders who've been clinging to power for decades.

3 September 2018

Kashmiri journalist arrested after reporting on slain rebel, Burhan Wani

Advox

“By reporting on militant activity, Sultan is performing an important public service, not committing a crime.”

2 September 2018

For most Sri Lankans, bribery is just a fact of life

The establishment of a new Special High Court dedicated exclusively to hear cases of corruption spurs debate about the phenomenon's ubiquity in all sectors of society.

29 August 2018

The ‘Khan Meter’ will assess the new Pakistani prime minister's performance

"It’s time to start monitoring our government, discuss where they went wrong as well as appreciate what they did right. It helps us think logically about the new government’s performance..."

25 August 2018

Will France’s new street harassment law really benefit women?

"We refuse to let feminism be used to reinforce the French government’s tendencies toward racism and over-policing."

24 August 2018

Artists rise up as Ugandan MP ‘Bobi Wine’ faces fresh charges of treason

"The extent to which violence is escalating in this country is worrying and we should all be concerned. We need to reflect on these matters and find a way forward."

22 August 2018

A new law threatens artistic expression in Cuba

"Your censorship is in the closure of concerts...It was always there, you only legalized it. Then you accuse us of politicizing art...Stop already with the repression...."

21 August 2018

Netizens flood the internet with support for monsoon victims in Kerala, India

"Kerala is striving together...to overcome the catastrophic flood. However...some are trying to malign this great effort with misinformation in the form of fake messages on social media."

17 August 2018

Kerala floods: Tech-savvy Indian citizens mobilize to minimize the damage

"The spirit of unity, willpower, compassion, and dedication of thousands of volunteers belonging to state and non-state agencies in Kerala are indescribable."

Fearing reprimand, student protesters in Bangladesh go silent

Advox

The government has blamed social media users and activists for trying to create unrest by sharing provocative posts and content on Facebook.

13 August 2018

In Pakistan's elections, animals were tortured for the sake of political stunts

"A donkey beaten to pulp, punched in the face and abdomen several times, nose broken, kicked all over his body until he collapsed."

8 August 2018

What happens when women report sexual assault in Japan?

"If this happens again I will feel more powerless knowing there's probably nothing I can do, and nothing the police will do."

6 August 2018

Landmark ruling in Angola acquits journalist Rafael Marques of all charges

Advox

While Marques had been brought to court on previous occasions, this was the first time he was formally acquited.

Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam detained over student protest coverage

Advox

"...there were people with machetes in their hands chasing unarmed students. And the police are standing by watching it happen."

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