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· January, 2019

Stories about Citizen Media from January, 2019

31 January 2019

Dota 2 stormed Kyrgyzstan's state opera house and left a trail of destruction in its wake

A theatre boss looked to a cybersport tournament to generate much-needed revenue and got sacked for his troubles.

DigiGlot Newsletter: Welsh-language rock music finds a place on streaming music platforms

Rising Voices

Rising Voices' DigiGlot Newsletter provides a summary of initiatives, discussions, and breakthroughs related to the intersection of languages and technology around the world..

30 January 2019

The beef between two Trinidad and Tobago soca stars is a nod to age-old musical traditions

Lyrical sparring is intricately woven into the origins of calypso music, and its modern-day hybrid, soca.

29 January 2019

Amid civil unrest, internet shutdowns are making Zimbabwe's economic crisis worse

Advox

"It's not the fuel price increases, it's not the looming hunger. The most scary thing is that these guys in government are convinced that they are doing a good job."

27 January 2019

Guinea has struggled under President Condé, but Russia backs his quest for a third term

"The question of political succession is a question of sovereignty. And sovereignty belongs to the people. It is not part of an ambassador's role to dictate Guinea's fate."

How will propaganda shape Nigeria's 2019 presidential elections?

"Propaganda may help you win elections but [it] can’t help you govern," said former Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck about recent campaign tactics.

25 January 2019

Sri Lankan tea estate workers take to the streets to demand fair wages

'Companies say they don't have profit, govt says it doesn't have money, ministers make so many promises[...] workers want only Rs. 1000 daily basic wage for the work they do'.

24 January 2019

‘Nobody knows what will come next': Venezuelans rally in strongest challenge to Maduro yet

"In 2014, having the security services pull the plug on the Maduro regime was a fantasy. In 2017, it was a hope. In 2019, it’s the plan"

23 January 2019

Kazakh leader's grandson complains he is passportless after stint in ‘private Russian jail’

Aisultan Nazarbayev has a history of surprising compatriots with sensational social media posts.

Biryani Stories: Is Biryani the national dish of Pakistan?

Biriyani might be considered the king of South Asian cuisine, but is it the national dish of Pakistan?

20 January 2019

Tobago's tourism industry faces setback as Sandals hotel chain walks away from a deal

Talks broke down on a major deal for a Sandals resort in Tobago. Environmentalists see it as a win, but tourism has to swallow its disappointment and press on.

18 January 2019

Mayor of Odessa could face criminal charges after his security attacked a local reporter

This is only the most recent episode in which Trukhanov or his subordinates have attacked journalists.

Correspondence between Arundhati Roy and Shahidul Alam shares resilience and hope

"...the tide will turn, and the nameless, faceless people will rise. They will rise against the entire state machinery."

India's Sabarimala row: How women fought against religious patriarchy for the right to pray

Right-wing groups are in an uproar after the Indian Supreme Court allows women of menstruating age to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

17 January 2019

Has Kyrgyzstan's new fine for spitting violated the country's ‘social contract'?

"If you don't touch us, we won't touch you."

15 January 2019

Before it was banned, this Facebook profile urged young people to join violent attack group in northern Mozambique

Since October 2017, an unknown armed group has been terrorizing the north of Mozambique with attacks that have left over 200 dead and many villages destroyed.

14 January 2019

A community newspaper won't let Brazil forget its worst environmental disaster

The newspaper was born out of a workshop with a local photo agency, where survivors raised concerns about the way Brazil's mainstream media was telling their stories.

How a Syrian photo collective is resisting Assad's narrative from within

"Through our stories we work hard to portray the current situation of the Syrian streets as it is, through the eyes of its people, reflecting how they feel."

10 January 2019

Russian feminists flip the script on classic Soviet films

RuNet Echo

The generation of Russians now in their mid-30s is finding their parents' TV and film role models disappointing by the modern standards of relationships and gender equality.

First transgender pride march hopes to shatter stereotypes in Pakistan

The first transgender pride march seeks to change stereotypes and demand rights.

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