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21 September 2017

Human Rights Group Prevented by Police and Anti-Communist Mob From Commemorating 1965 Massacre in Indonesia

"The complete inaction of the police to stop this violence, contributes to the erosion of democracy and violations of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly in Indonesia."

18 September 2017

The Conflict in Eastern Ethiopia, Explained

The latest conflict in Ethiopia killed at least dozens of people and displaced thousands. The cause of the violence again was scarce water and land resources.

14 September 2017

The 17th-Century Peruvian Saint With a 21st-Century Social Media Presence

"We have more than 100,000 likes and 100,000 followers on Facebook! Let's keep sharing!"

9 September 2017

Irma: A Meditation on Hurricanes and the Bahamas

The Bridge

"I do not believe that Bahamians should fear hurricanes the way we do...I believe we should look hard at ourselves and work out why we handle major storms so well."

5 September 2017

A Hashtag Pokes Fun at the Shared Quirks Among Bangladeshis

"You can move an elephant/hippo/rhino with the horns of your car, but not me. #IAmBangladeshi"

4 September 2017

Tepache and Pulque: Two Traditional Mexican Beverages Looking for Their Place in the Present

Get to know these ancient drinks that most tourists, and locals, overlook in the Mexican capital.

2 September 2017

55 Years After Cutting Ties With Great Britain, Is Trinidad and Tobago Independent or “In Dependence”?

"We have almost all the models we need right here; we have most of the solutions that will move us up to a different level."

30 August 2017

One Year On: Uzbekistan's Unhappy Ex-Ruling Family

A year has passed since despot Islam Karimov died, following 27 years in power. He left behind feuding relatives and a toxic regime.

24 August 2017

A Popular Japanese Cosmetic Surgeon Is Called Out for Admiring Nazism

"The last thing our world needs today is the embrace of Nazi ideology, under whose banner physicians carried out unspeakable crimes in the name of ‘progress.’"

18 August 2017

Seventy-Two Years Later, Japan Remembers the End of a Devastating War

Prime Minister Abe's remarks on the anniversary of the end of World War II did not express Japan's guilt. The emperor's remarks expressed feelings of "deep remorse".

13 August 2017

On Anniversary of Nagasaki Bombing, Japanese Government Criticized For Refusing to Sign Ban on Nuclear Weapons

“Whose country are you leader of anyway?” — a representative of survivors of the 1945 bombing lashes out at Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

12 August 2017

Jamaica Police Review Absolves Officers in Tivoli Gardens Incursion

The Jamaican Constabulary Force's assessment of its actions during the 2010 state of emergency is being interpreted as "defensive and dismissive in a manner that is not appropriate or useful."

6 August 2017

Japanese Politician Pressures School Principal About the Use of History Textbook that Explains the ‘Comfort Women’ Issue

‘Why was this textbook selected?’ trended on Twitter after a Japanese politician questioned the selection of a school textbook referencing the ‘comfort women’ issue.

Guinean Filmmaker Paul Théa Speaks About His ‘Slave Route’ Project

"We are the first to propose a museum about slavery in Guinea, and to include the story of the slaves in South Carolina," says the filmmaker.

4 August 2017

What Once Was the Main Slave Port in the Americas Is Now a World Heritage Site

The recognition forces Brazil to acknowledge a period of its history that it still struggles to fully confront.

2 August 2017

‘My Freedom Is Mine’ — Caribbean Netizens Discuss Emancipation Day

"I choose to question myself every day and put down other people's loads that are no longer mine to carry. That is my freedom. What is yours?"

25 July 2017

A Final Glimpse of Cambodia’s Iconic Phnom Penh White Building Before Its Demolition

The Cambodian government plans to build a multipurpose complex in the land occupied by the iconic White Building in the capital city.

20 July 2017

Caracas the Deceiving City (and Other Forms of Pain)

The Bridge

“Caracas is different, it has a sense of identity. There is fear for sure, but there is also the happiness of small things. [...] The small hidden treasures.”

A Look Back at Japan's Transformative ‘Showa Era’

One Twitter account combs encyclopedias, photo magazines, guidebooks and other sources for nostalgic images from Japan's postwar recovery.

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