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22 May 2020

Why Hong Kong isn’t dead yet

The Bridge

"Today Beijing imposed the “national security” law in Hong Kong. It gives them broad powers to go after anyone they don’t like. Anyone who criticizes them. Anyone who disobeys them."

21 May 2020

In Tunisia, women stand on the frontlines of targeted hate speech online

Advox

In Tunisia, an uprising toppled leadership and lead to revolution in 2011. Since then, digital space has witnessed heated debates about politics and society — including attacks against women activists and...

Nepal’s first 360 degree virtual contemporary art exhibition

COVID-19

Artwork by 19 renowned Nepali artists showcased in an online virtual exhibition named ‘Tangential Stress’ by the Museum of Nepali Art (MoNA).

20 May 2020

Addressing ‘gaps in history’ through bush tea: A conversation with Barbadian visual artist Annalee Davis

"Returning to the land today can feed us, contributing to food sovereignty and the wellness sector by expanding our knowledge and use of wild botanicals and their healing properties..."

18 May 2020

The healing effects of bush tea: A conversation with Barbadian visual artist Annalee Davis

"I have been concerned with how shared historical suffering reveals itself communally and how individuals and nations manage trauma and the desire for self-fulfilment in small places like Barbados..."

15 May 2020

Women journalists in Uganda carry ‘double burden’ with online attacks and harassment

Advox

Women journalists in Uganda carry the double burden of gender-based abuse online and potential threats related to political reporting. These threats have led women journalists to withdraw from public discourse. 

Cameroon’s 3-year separatist crisis: Online threats, attacks on identity and freedom of expression

Advox

Journalists in Cameroon have to be very careful about reporting on atrocities related to the separatist conflict. Appearing to side with separatists or the government can lead to online attacks.

Truck drivers blamed for spread of COVID-19 in East Africa

Truck drivers in East Africa face an onslaught of new COVID-19 mandates and restrictions in borders towns — causing confusion, fear, endless traffic queues, protests and disrupted trade.

Former Yugoslavia's brutalist architecture shines in new Star Wars fan film

"If it was gonna be a 'Serbian' story, or an 'ex-Yugoslav' story, let's face it -- it couldn't be a story about royalty."

12 May 2020

History, landscape, body: A conversation with Pakistani artist Ali Kazim

Kazim’s works have been exhibited in major international fairs and exhibitions around the world, including New York’s Frieze art fair in 2019.

11 May 2020

COVID-19 regulations and the issue of overcrowding in Jamaica's markets

COVID-19

The detection of more than 100 positive coronavirus cases at a call centre seriously spiked Jamaica's numbers and prompted stricter safety regulations — but have some backfired?

7 May 2020

How can the Caribbean prepare for a post-COVID-19 world?

COVID-19

As the Caribbean begins to think about a post-COVID-19 future, Lesley Ann Noel proposes a design thinking approach to building back the region's economies and social services.

Benin's partial withdrawal from African Charter of Human Rights is a retreat from democracy

Benin drops 17 places in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, following the withdrawal from a key document of the African Charter of Human and People's Rights.

30 April 2020

‘Language revolt': This activist tweets against erasure of first languages in South Africa

Rising Voices

A language reclamation activist confronts linguistic imperialism and the dehumanisation of two South African first languages through digital inclusion advocacy.

29 April 2020

Japanese superfood can't combat COVID-19, but may prolong your life

COVID-19

In mid-March, a consumer research company in Japan found that nearly 40 percent of Japanese people they surveyed incorporated special foods into their diet in order to "boost their immune...

25 April 2020

Zanzibar relies on strong communities of care to confront COVID-19

COVID-19

Zanzibar thrives on unity. A wave of community-based health initiatives has ramped up their presence on the islands to raise awareness and educate islanders about the highly contagious coronavirus.

24 April 2020

COVID-19 in the Middle East: Is this pandemic a health crisis or a war?

COVID-19

War-like rhetoric around COVID-19 has allowed governments in the Middle East and North Africa to execute emergency powers and impose draconian measures that would otherwise be unacceptable.

21 April 2020

Liberia's President George Weah sings his fight against COVID-19

COVID-19

Despite a message and movement solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 in Liberia, President George Weah still faces critique over a tanking economy and restricted media.

20 April 2020

How to protect Nigerians’ personal information while combating COVID-19

AdvoxCOVID-19

Combatting COVID-19 through all available legal means is urgent. However, such means need not be at the expense of protecting human rights — including the right to privacy. 

14 April 2020

Ghost cities in a COVID-19 world

COVID-19

Videos of empty cities from around the world curated by Global Voices' contributors.

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