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Stories about International Relations

Melbourne academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert remains a ‘political hostage’ inside Iran’s Qarchak prison

"Whatever the governments of #Australia and the #UK are doing to free their citizen, Kylie Moore-Gilbert from prison in #Iran, it’s failing miserably. This innocent woman should be free."

Popular YouTube channel documents what it is like to be black in Japan

Popular YouTube channel and website The Black Experience Japan features interviews with dozens of Black residents of Japan.

Secret trials threaten open justice in Australia

"The cases… highlight the need for strong action to ensure that any such trials are held in open court and subject to public scrutiny."

Documentary exposes the threat of facial recognition surveillance in Serbia

Online documentary warns the public about privacy risks emanating from a newly installed video surveillance system equipped with Chinese facial recognition technology.

Out of work, out of options: Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand scrape by during COVID-19

"Since my workplace was closed, I don’t have much money left, I don’t know where to find work. I live in a construction camp with my 4-year-old son."

Chinese netizens rebrand Xi Jinping’s international relations strategy as ‘wolf warrior’ style diplomacy

"The Chinese Foreign Affair Ministry has turned into a branch of the propaganda department... and is now known as the Ministry of Making Foreign Enemies."

The 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre: Remembrance amid genocide denial

“... the glorification of war criminals inflict[s] tremendous suffering on the survivors and their families. Leaders in the region have publicly denied the genocide, even calling Srebrenica a hoax..."

Black Lives Matter forces an IBM U-turn on facial recognition

Under pressure from Black Lives Matter movement activists, the company IBM has announced its withdrawal from the facial recognition software market

Hong Kong protest supporters’ international lobby to ‘burn’ China for hurting the city

“Laam chau”, a term derived from a username on the Reddit-like forum LIHKG, means "mutually-assured destruction", and it has captured the imagination of Hongkongers — even those in the pro-establishment...

COVID-19 outbreak highlights unaccountability of American military based in Okinawa

Since July 11, COVID-19 transmission has been detected at U.S. bases throughout Okinawa.

#BlackLivesMatter resonates in South Asia as Unilever drops ‘Fair’ from ‘Fair & Lovely’ cosmetic line

In the wake of the Black Lives Matters movement, Unilever announced that they would rebrand their leading skin care product ‘Fair & Lovely’ to 'Glow and Lovely'.

India bans TikTok, 58 other apps amid rising anti-China sentiment, border clashes

The border clashes and the stand-off between India and China reached naught after India decided to ban video-creation platform TikTok and 58 other apps due to “security issues”.

US and Venezuelan politicians accuse Maduro of instigating violence during BLM protests

US and Venezuelan politicians believe that President Nicolas Maduro was behind the looting and violent protests during Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the United States.

Rift over Solomon Islands’ new ‘One China’ policy makes chaos of COVID-19 response

"I call on the government to stop dancing to Beijing’s tune and prioritise our people’s health and safety."

Nationalists in North Macedonia use border closures to sow confusion and mistrust

Local media and politicians have distorted reopening policies in neighbouring countries for political gain.

New law forces Hungarian transgender people to choose exile

Transgender people told Global Voices that Brussels has failed to stand up to Budapest on the issue.

How Trump's ‘game-changer’ drug is boosting nationalism in Brazil and India

The claim that there’s a cure for COVID-19, but that powerful actors prevent access to it, allows these leaders to cast themselves as saviors.

How can Nepal's literary tradition make its mark on the global scene?

Director of Global Literature in Libraries Initiatives shares insights into how Nepali literature can reach wider audiences.

Between Kolkata, Saint-Petersburg and Paris: An interview with novelist Shumona Sinha

"Literature does not pretend it can change the world, but it can unveil the human condition, plant seeds of hope, of dreams of a better world...."

Afghan migrants continue to die in the hands of Iranian authorities

While millions of Afghans have found refuge in neighboring Iran, some of them also die in the hands of Iranian authorities as they cross the country to reach Europe.

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