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Citizenship by investment in the Caribbean: Economic boon or diplomatic minefield?

Citizenship by Investment, dubbed the “golden passport”, offers the wealthy a second citizenship at a time when visa and COVID-19 restrictions are becoming more onerous.

Australian government on collision course with Facebook and Google over news revenue

"The code is justified by a News Corp lie, that Google steals news content and makes billions of dollars from it."

This Polish travel blogger wants Poles to ‘fall in love’ with North Macedonia

"I am going to continue to convince Poles that the Balkans is not a powder keg. It is a barrel of wine."

Border row, trade turmoil and rising Chinese influence send Indo-Nepal ties to lowest ebbs

Nepal finds itself in the line of fire of the China-US trade war and the Indo-China border conflict.

Barbados declares intent to recognise same-sex unions and remove British queen as head of state

The Cayman Islands recently made same-sex partnerships legal, but Barbados may become the first CARICOM member to do so. It will also replace the queen as head of state.

African Union turns to biosurveillance tech to curb COVID-19

PanaBIOS, an African Union-backed biosurveillance technology, can track the spread of COVID-19 and connect testing centers across the continent.

Historic peace deal in Sudan signed during historic flooding

A historic peace deal with rebel groups in Sudan also comes during historic flooding that has ushered in a humanitarian disaster. What are the government’s plans to make life easier?

What is Russia's endgame in Belarus?

Moscow has wearied of embattled President Alexander Lukashenka and is now concerned with protecting its interests in an eventual (and inevitable) transition of power, says Belarusian political scientist Yuri Tsarik.

For Asian activists, boycotting Disney's ‘Mulan’ says no to China's nationalist propaganda, censorship and police brutality

"What we're boycotting is the Western commercialization (Disney) of Chinese nationalism. . . which points to how intertwined and convoluted the interests of global capital really are."

COVID-19 leaves Indian tea workers struggling for survival

The Indian tea industry is facing losses that hamper the already tenuous well-being of labourers, whose stark economic reality has led them getting back to work during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Sudan needs a legal framework for cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency was a topic in the last election campaign, where its adoption was proposed by one of the presidential candidates as a strategy to democratize financial policy.

Disinformation about Belarus spreads in the Balkans via online portals and social media

Fact-checkers from Serbia and North Macedonia have been detecting and countering disinformation favoring the authoritarian regime in Belarus in the mold of previous propaganda narratives from pro-Kremlin troll armies.

Devastated hilltop in Myanmar’s jade mining region remains home for scores of families despite danger

Despite the danger of further landslides, 77 families remain, saying they cannot afford to relocate.

In Trinidad & Tobago, the use of Black iconography in Emancipation Day ads backfires

"This ad brings to light greater issues of the way Africans are represented in media and how careless and flippant many media programmers are with African icons, legacy, and symbols."

Five months after the elections, Guyana swears in new president

After multiple court actions challenging the election's results, the Guyana Elections Commission declared Mohamed Irfaan Ali of the opposition People's Progressive Party (PPP) as the country's new president.

Anti-pandemic measures in their home countries deter EU tourists from visiting North Macedonia

Tourism in North Macedonia is suffering because of the lack of foreign visitors, and people in the industry are appealing for additional government aid.

Musicians with albinism defy social stigma and break new ground in Cameroon’s creative sector

Albinos in Cameroon have brushed aside stigma to participate in the country’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. "It wasn’t easy for me growing up as an albino," says Boy TAG.

How Balinese communities in Indonesia are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

"COVID-19 mini-wikithons provide a safe space for people to talk in their native Balinese language about their challenges and coping strategies of the pandemic in Balinese communities."

Former prime minister of Barbados, Owen Arthur, dies

"There is no economist working today in this region of the world who has not drawn on the wisdom, rigour and intellectual fearlessness of the [Right Honourable] Owen Seymour Arthur."

As COVID-19 infections surge, Japan launches travel subsidy campaign

Even as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in major cities in Japan, the government launched a new campaign aimed at encouraging tourism in local communities.

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