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· July, 2021

Stories about Citizen Media from July, 2021

In the face of elite tourism projects, the Barbuda Warbler isn't the only one that might lose its home

After 2017's Hurricane Irma, Barbudans were made to evacuate the island. Little did they know this would coincide with the washing away of their centuries-old communal land rights.

Weak public consultation approach draws questions about plans to ‘revitalise’ beloved Trinidad park

Plans allegedly include replacing the existent grass with AstroTurf in order to utilise the park's potential as “a public wellness and sports hub in the heart of our capital city.”

How a swimming pool became Puerto Rico's symbol of climate change and corruption

Critics of a swimming pool that was destroyed during hurricane Maria in 2017 say that it is being rebuilt against Puerto Rico's own environmental regulations.

Bermudians are ‘bursting with pride’ as triathlete Flora Duffy brings home the country's first Olympic gold

Duffy completed the course a full minute and 14 seconds ahead of her closest competitor for a convincing win—and Bermudians cannot contain their elation!

Pakistani woman cricketer Nida Dar faces sexism from a former cricketer

Excerpts of a recent interview with Abdul Razzag and Nida Dar show him pointing out that the top woman cricketer is "manly".

Russian internet censor blocks Team Navalny websites

Navalny's main website, navalny.com, as well as over 40 other webpages for Navalny's national network of campaign offices were added to Roskomnadzor's state registry for blocked websites.

Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui who was killed in Afghanistan remembered and honoured online

Danish's demise has led to a range of emotions being expressed across fraternities, from respectful tributes to critical comments from his naysayers.

The French government’s U-turn on regional languages

A new law passed in May 2021 has reignited the debate around France's regional languages

Pegasus spyware revelation indicates Indian state snooping on journalists, activists and politicians

The Pegasus Project released a report detailing the potential hacking and surveillance of more than 1,000 activists, journalists and politicians from India using the Israeli-made spyware, Pegasus.

The “ticket to happy life” politics of Indian marriages in the context of dowry-related violence

The recent death of 24-year-old medical student Vismaya Nair in the Indian state of Kerala has sparked widespread outrage and renewed discussions over dowries and domestic violence in India.

Vultures soar back into Pokhara

Despite the decline in vultures across South Asia, the endangered scavengers are recovering in Nepal due to tighter regulations and community initiatives.

CARICOM bristles at international community's slight as Haiti installs a new prime minister

An international Core Group's call for Jovenel Moïse's prime ministerial nominee to form a “consensual and inclusive government” struck a sour note with CARICOM, but he's been installed, anyway.

Instagram question on the intersectionality of Pride and religion in Trinidad & Tobago raises issue of gender ideology

While Trinidad and Tobago's Roman Catholic archbishop agrees that we're all children of God, he has called gender ideology "neo-colonialist," raising the ire of some LGBTQ+ activists.

Team 29, Russia's most prominent legal defense group, shuts down under state pressure

On July 19, after its website was blocked, Team 29 announced it was shutting down its operations in order to protect its staff and clients from possible criminal prosecution.

State escalates attacks on media freedom and civil society in Belarus

Since the start of July, dozens of civil society organisations and independent media outlets in Belarus have faced law enforcement raids, searches and staff detentions.

Caribbean Tree Planting Week: A region-wide coalition gets serious about climate change action

"The Caribbean contributes less than one per cent to global greenhouse emissions, but we are increasingly bearing the burden of the environmental devastation that climate change events bring."

The year of the ‘orange handkerchief’ for State-Church separation in Argentina

With the slogan "Church and State: Different Matters," this campaign fights for the establishment of a secular Argentine State that does not allocate public funds for the Catholic Church.

‘Ring de bell’: Brother Resistance, who mainstreamed Trinidad & Tobago's rapso music, has died

"It's a long, long time now we fighting for freedom […] I come with my bell just to second the motion, rock the rapso riddum.”

The Awá people in Colombia threatened by foreign armed and socio-environmental conflict

"Being part of Awá families, I believe that any situation that affects the territory, the social, cultural, and spiritual fabric of our people and our Awá families implies being a...

India mourns Dilip Kumar, the ‘tragedy king’ of Bollywood

Dilip Kumar was among the most legendary actors and producers of the Indian Cinema Industry. He worked on over 60 films over six decades and is mourned by many.

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