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18 March 2019

Abandoned church construction site bears testimony to waning Russian influence in North Macedonia

Sergei Samsonenko's fortune seems to have waned since the Russia-backed political party VMRO-DPMNE lost the 2016 elections after ruling for a decade.

15 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: the disappearance of Ye Jianming, former chairman of CEFC China Energy

Advox

With Ye's disappearance, the details of quiet agreements between his multi-billion dollar company and the Chinese government began to unravel.

11 March 2019

Foreign domestic workers contribute to Hong Kong economy but lack access to basic financial services

"We are treated as foreigners, low-class workers and therefore the government has been pushing for policies and practices that exclude and isolate migrant workers from the whole Hong Kong population."

7 March 2019

US envoy visits Haiti as leaders juggle solutions to address national crisis

With the government not delivering on what they promised after the February 2019 protests, can dialogue really offer ensuring solutions to Haiti's socio-economic crisis?

1 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: Huawei, ZTE and ‘Amazing China’

Advox

The censorship of ZTE and Huawei has strong association with the censorship of "China-U.S trade war".

As patriotic propaganda video praising Huawei goes viral, netizens mock the company's political connections

"The lyrics is so straightforward with no rhetorical consideration -- Huawei is good, Huawei is beautiful --, this is a kind of aestheticism with Chinese characteristics."

27 February 2019

Australian court's historic rejection of coal mine highlights the impact of climate change

"NSW Land and Environment Court decision in #Australia on coal and #climatechange is sending shockwaves around the world."

22 February 2019

Bangladeshi government targets world's largest Bengali blogging platform in porn censorship spree

Advox

The incidents of moral policing and the extension of the ban to a Bangla blogging platform and Google Books suggest that the authority's definition of “objectionable” may go far beyond.

18 February 2019

Haiti's current political unrest: Déjà vu or opportunity for meaningful change?

Protests have paralyzed Port-au-Prince schools, hospitals, and marketplaces, as well as other cities. Demonstrators demand radical system change: "tabula rasa" (clean slate), as they call it.

Censored on WeChat: As tensions in China-US trade conflict rose, so did WeChat censorship

Advox

The second installment in our series looks at the most censored topic in the 2018 WeChatscope dataset: the China-US trade war.

14 February 2019

Japanese ads aimed at women criticized for misogyny. Again.

This is the latest in a long line of Japanese ad campaigns that have sparked controversy online for alleged anti-women messaging.

6 February 2019

The ‘coal curtain’ is the new Iron Curtain

While Western Europe reduces its coal usage, the former Soviet bloc nations are moving in the opposite direction.

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

Uganda deports three senior telecom employees citing espionage

The police stated that at least two telecom employees used their offices to access information and tap calls which compromised national security. A third was accused of supporting the opposition.

26 January 2019

Russia's isolationist ‘sovereign internet’ bill worries experts and users alike

RuNet Echo

Experts have pointed to the colossal costs associated with building the infrastructure required, and lamented that this would only lead to further monopolization of the Russian internet provider market.

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'.

23 January 2019

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.

19 January 2019

Jordan stalls on official poverty statistics amid tax law controversy

Reports on poverty in Jordan have been absent since 2010, putting the government under fire for answers.

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