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4 June 2020

Serbian foreign minister disowns ‘zombie-like’ campaign ad

"The background music for the advert is a punk version of the 1978 iconic song “Računajte na nas” (Count on us)."

2 June 2020

Making Swahili visible: Identity, language and the internet

Rising Voices

Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, but its visibility online is dismal. Kenyan language activist Bonface Witaba is working to change this.

31 May 2020

Dalit youth and five of his friends stoned to death in Nepal because of his love for an upper-caste girl

A low-caste young man and 18 of his friends were attacked – and some of them killed – all because of his love for a girl who was above his...

30 May 2020

Tour little-known tourist spots in Japan on YouTube

YouTube channel Anna Film Production produces short videos of interesting and scenic spots in the Kansai region in western Japan.

29 May 2020

Côte d'Ivoire withdraws from African Court on Human and People's Rights

On April 29, the spokesperson of the Ivorian Government, Sidi Touré, announced Côte d'Ivoire's decision to remove its recognition of the competence of African human rights court.

Talking down under: Greek PM ‘discovers’ South Zealand

COVID-19

"Primary school kids listen to him and drop dead laughing. Long live our Leader, our EXCELLENT KYRIAKOS! HE'S WHAT WE DESERVE!"

28 May 2020

Netflix blockbuster ‘Extraction’ draws criticism for portrayal of Bangladesh's capital

The Netflix blockbuster “Extraction” attracted a lot of criticism and debate for its poor, inaccurate and stereotypical portrayal of Bangladesh and Bangladeshis.

27 May 2020

Has COVID-19 worsened or improved Jamaican family dynamics?

COVID-19

The COVID-19 restrictions in Jamaica have diminished some families' already limited economic power while heaping additional responsibilities on parents. How are different types of families coping?

26 May 2020

While Pakistan combats COVID-19, a locust swarm is devastating food supplies

The plague of locusts has already devastated crops in parts of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula as well as South Asia.

Not just a number: Online memorial honors Brazil's COVID-19 victims

"After a while, those numbers start to lose their meaning, they become something like a clock, a warning, anything but people. And we start to become desensitized."

25 May 2020

How identity-driven conflicts fuel Ethiopia's incendiary social media rhetoric

Advox

Unity Park aimed to tell the story of all Ethiopians and celebrate the country’s diversity. But social media revealed politicized, nationalistic reactions along ethnic lines: Amhara and Oromo.

24 May 2020

Will the ‘Self-reliant India’ scheme bring relief to migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic?

COVID-19

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced another economic reform package of 265 Billion USD during the COVID-19 pandemic which drew criticism from netizens.

21 May 2020

In Tunisia, women stand on the frontlines of targeted hate speech online

Advox

In Tunisia, an uprising toppled leadership and lead to revolution in 2011. Since then, digital space has witnessed heated debates about politics and society — including attacks against women activists and...

19 May 2020

In Algeria, online repression targets Amazigh protesters active in Hirak movement

Advox

In Algeria, the Amazigh people are often associated with France, Algeria's former colonial power. Racial slurs online accuse this group of being separatists who threaten "national unity."

18 May 2020

Nepali Muslims eye India's growing Islamophobia with fear

COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the status of already vulnerable minority Muslims in Nepal.

16 May 2020

Photo contest asks Rohingya community to document their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19

A photography competition for Rohingya people is being held from April 23 – August 23, 2020, featuring two broad categories – “Rohingya life” and “Response to Coronavirus” and entries can...

15 May 2020

Women journalists in Uganda carry ‘double burden’ with online attacks and harassment

Advox

Women journalists in Uganda carry the double burden of gender-based abuse online and potential threats related to political reporting. These threats have led women journalists to withdraw from public discourse. 

14 May 2020

Mali holds elections despite COVID-19 pandemic and terrorist threats

Mali's elections were held under unique circumstances: the ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism and governmental restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

13 May 2020

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: ‘Looking out, not going out’

COVID-19

Though regional citizens are still laying low as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been recording their thoughts in various ways, while in relative isolation.

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