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18 June 2020

No medicine, no healing: Sudan’s pharmaceutical crisis

COVID-19

Since 2016, medicine prices in Sudan have risen exponentially. To make matters worse, the government’s central bank lacks the foreign currency necessary to import essential drugs from abroad.

16 June 2020

A new game plays with ideas about how disinformation works in East Africa

AdvoxCOVID-19

"Chose Your Own Fake News" is an online game that teaches new internet users how to be more discerning about the information they receive and encounter in digital spaces.

14 June 2020

COVID-19 is rapidly exhausting Bangladesh healthcare system amidst alarming rise of infected people

COVID-19

As Bangladesh tries to figure out which lockdown measure is the answer, public healthcare systems are failing largely, resulting in no signs of the COVID-19 contraction curve plateauing.

French police arrest Félicien Kabuga, alleged financier of genocide in Rwanda

After 26 years on the run, Rwanda genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga was arrested in a Parisian suburb on May 16 and transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on...

12 June 2020

Afghan migrants continue to die in the hands of Iranian authorities

While millions of Afghans have found refuge in neighboring Iran, some of them also die in the hands of Iranian authorities as they cross the country to reach Europe.

11 June 2020

Post-crisis hackathon: Ecuadorian NGOs crowdsource for a world after COVID-19

COVID-19

More than 550 people registered for a hackathon to find solutions for Ecuador's post-COVID-19 future.

Amid Black Lives Matter protests, fresh calls to remove statuary that hijacks the Caribbean's historical narrative

BLM protests have inspired the denigration and defacement of symbols of black oppression. The Caribbean, with its long history of occupation, has its own symbols of oppression to reconsider.

10 June 2020

Information warfare: COVID-19’s other battleground in the Middle East

COVID-19

As leaders vie to frame narratives and control public opinion on COVID-19, social media is a battlefield where influencers, trolls, bots, and commenter armies fight for influence and power.

How Kazakhstan's youth are forging their own national identity

A feud between a lesbian activist and a boxer has galvanised a new generation's interest in pushing at the boundaries of Kazakh national identity

8 June 2020

Black Lives Matter in Jamaica, too

"Some of you outraged at the people in America demonizing victims of police brutality and don't realise you do the same thing here."

In Guinea, COVID-19 roadblocks result in bloody protests

COVID-19

On May 12, Guinea was rocked by bloody violence between security forces and citizens exasperated by power cuts and COVID-19 prevention roadblocks.

Israel appoints its first Ethiopian-born minister, Pnina Tamano-Shata

Israel has just appointed its first black minister from the Ethiopian Jewish community. Despite this encouraging gesture, the community still faces discrimination and racism in Israel.

Internet shutdowns in Sudan: The story behind the numbers and statistics

Advox

In the last several years, Sudan experienced two major internet shutdowns that seriously prohibited basic communication and exchange during politically charged periods, causing exponential losses and risks.

6 June 2020

‘Sit with that discomfort': Two white Trinidadians go public about racism

"If we cannot talk about the legacies of trauma, plundering, violence, genocide and prejudice that are ever present [...] there will be no equality."

The future of protest in Uganda

There are parallels between police brutality in the US and Uganda, a country still haunted by the ghosts of its violent past.

Families struggle to retrieve victim's bodies after Pakistan International Airline crash

Families of the victims of PIA Flight PK8303 were asked to give DNA to identify bodies.

5 June 2020

World Environment Day should mean more in Trinidad & Tobago this year

While there are encouraging signs, social media users remain unconvinced that the fight to protect the environment is anywhere near over.

Silicon Valley tech giants race to build Africa's internet infrastructure. Should Africa worry?

Advox

Google and Facebook are building undersea internet cables for Africans with access to high-speed internet — but 33 nations in Africa still don't have comprehensive data privacy laws.

4 June 2020

‘A possible violation’: Mexico's biggest telecommunications operator is blocking Tor network

Advox

The Tor network is a free and open-source software used throughout the world by those who wish to exercise their freedom of expression and information while maintaining their privacy and anonymity.

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)."

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