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Hong Kong activists sentenced to jail for commemorating Tiananmen Square Massacre in 2020

Hongkongers have been gathering to commemorate the June 4 Tiananmen Massacre since 1990. The court's ruling signals that anyone participating in commemorations this year risks being charged with unlawful assembly.

As legislative elections draw to a close, will the Congress Party reclaim Assam state from the BJP?

The Indian National Congress (INC) ruled Assam's legislative assembly from 1951 to 2016 when control switched to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Serbian anti-vaxxers revive the medieval ‘Danse Macabre,’ while pandemic deaths rise

Dance of Death: A round dance in central Belgrade around a new monument of medieval king Stefan Nemanja was part of a chain of anti-lockdown protests across Europe.

Ukraine, Belarus commemorate 35th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster

For the world, Chornobyl symbolises the fragility of our environment and the threat posed by human activity. But for many in Ukraine and Belarus, it remains a personal tragedy.

Czech-Russian relations hit new low after Prague accuses Moscow of ‘state-sponsored terrorism’

On April 17, the Czech government announced it would expel 18 Russian diplomats, following revelations by its intelligence agency that Russian agents played a role in the 2014 explosions at...

In Latin America, mental health can only be achieved through collective memory

"Our individual and collective history is not a static point in time and space, but a dynamic process that can be redefined and interpreted in another way."

Cancellation of conference on 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh War of Liberation sparks criticism

The organisers gave no reason for the cancellation, but some see it as a worrying sign of the erosion of intellectual freedom.

The Laz people's mission to save their language from extinction

There could be anything between 30,000 to 200,000 speakers of Lazuri, the language of the modern Laz people. The majority of them still live in the historical region of Rize, in...

This open-source software is helping Barbados and Jamaica preserve their cultural heritage

The free Arches software helps cultural heritage organisations “respond to the critical and common challenges [...] around creating and maintaining modern inventory systems."

The Caribbean's foremost literary festival has released its 2021 longlist; Trinidad & Tobago writers dominate

“Where else would you find Trinidadian street food in the same volume as an appraisal of Thom Gunn's poetry, or Dylan Thomas rubbing shoulders with soca?”

Sri Lanka reverses decision to bury COVID-19 victims on remote island after protests

Iranaithivu islanders objected to the Sri Lankan government’s decision to allow the burial of COVID-19 victims, following the reversal of a ban on cremations that affected Muslim and Christian communities

Virtual exhibit commemorates 1971 ‘Diliman Commune’ protests in The Philippines

A virtual exhibit features a student-led uprising at The Philippines' top university 50 years ago that has become a symbol of resistance to dictatorial rule and oppression.

Press freedom in Jammu and Kashmir: An interview with journalist Anuradha Bhasin

VideoVolunteers community correspondent Basharat Amin interviews Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of the Daily Kashmir Times newspaper, to understand the present situation of freedom of the press in Jammu and Kashmir.

Updating Uyghur: The power of online discussions for language preservation

Though spoken by over 10 million people, the Uyghur language is struggling to adapt to modern life and overcome heavy censorship and language elimination in China

Prominent Harvard professor pilloried for peddling revisionist history about wartime ‘comfort women’

Historians familiar with wartime sexual slavery perpetrated by Japanese armed forces point out that the professor, J. Mark Ramseyer, has long championed historical revisionism.

Galindo: COVID-19 unearths ghosts of Spain’s ‘dirty war’

'Some of the reactions to Rodríguez Galindo’s death are proof that segments of Spanish society have a lot of work to do to face their demons.'

Nearly six centuries after his birth, who owns Alisher Navoiy, the ‘father of Uzbek literature?’

February 9 marks the birth anniversary of a 15th-century Afghanistan-born poet who championed Turkic heritage, and became a national literary symbol in Soviet and later independent Uzbekistan.

Hypocrisy vs history debate follows death of former Yugoslav actress Mira Furlan

The legendary Babylon 5 actress was hounded from her home in Zagreb in 1991 because she opposed chauvinistic nationalism; she rebuilt her life and career from scratch in the USA.

Sudan-Ethiopia border tensions mount in conflicted al-Fashqa region

Continual clashes between Ethiopian militia groups and Sudanese farmers in Sudan’s al-Fashqa region have put the Sudanese Army on the defense.

Reviving L’bokator, Cambodia's ancient martial arts

The sport is now recognized by the World Martial Arts Association and will be included in the 2023 Southeast Asia Games,

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