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16 November 2018

Former Macedonian strongman's escape to Hungary triggers a flood of disinformation

If the claims circulating in the Balkans media space are to be believed, Nikola Grueski escaped to Hungary on a flight operated by an airline that closed in 2012.

Dissident novelist’s close call casts a shadow on Hong Kong's once-vibrant cultural scene

Since the 1950s, Hong Kong has had a proud tradition of exile literature and art. Recent events suggest they're under threat.

From prime minister to escaped convict: Macedonia's ex-leader Nikola Gruevski flees to Hungary

"While Gruevski's escape was unprecedented in Macedonian history, his choice of destination wasn’t too surprising."

14 November 2018

Who is Sérgio Moro, the Brazilian judge who sentenced former president Lula and will be Bolsonaro's ‘superminister'?

Moro is a controversial figure, seen by some as a symbol of the fight against corruption, but by others as having taken partisan actions in persecuting certain figures.

13 November 2018

The Caribbean Court of Justice loses again — this time with voter apathy and distrust

"People do not trust the power institutions, the hierarchies in the region — and that's not going to change for a long time to come."

10 November 2018

Pakistani right-wing political party meets online backlash after sowing violence in Asia Bibi case

After countrywide violent protests by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan, petitions and campaigns are launched against the religious political party.

Amid police raids and vigilante threats, Brazilians fear for freedom of expression in public universities

"There is an empowerment of conservative ideas inside of the state apparatus that is very, very dangerous."

Is Jair Bolsonaro another Rodrigo Duterte? It's more complicated than you think

The Bridge

As Brazilians prepare for a Bolsonaro presidency, they’d do well to look at the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte’s two and a half years in office.

7 November 2018

A conversation with Nicky Nodjoumi on the power and politics of his art

"Choosing power as one of the main topics of my work is rooted in the desire to drag it down to the ground and make fun of it."

6 November 2018

Stories of Sri Lankans who are “Taking a Stand” for democracy

“Though I’m 92 years old, I feel I must make a stand for democracy.”

Political cartoonist Badiucao abruptly cancelled his Hong Kong exhibition — and then went silent

Advox

The event was seen by many as a test of the limits of free speech in Hong Kong.

5 November 2018

Suicide attack against Russia's domestic intelligence agency spells more trouble for activists

RuNet Echo

A suicide bomber's attack against a local intelligence agency's office in Russia, allegedly an extreme reaction to violent persecution of leftist activists, generates yet more trouble for the latter.

Indian ambassador's farewell gift paintings create a media stir in Croatia

Indian Ambassador Sandeep Kumar bids farewell to Croatia's government officials by giving away some of the paintings he made during his three-year term in the country.

From football fans to bookworms: the many faces of Brazil's resistance

We have listed here a few of the Brazil headlines that didn't make it across to English-speaking media.

2 November 2018

A project in Nepal is documenting and sharing testimonials from the 10-year armed conflict

Rising Voices

A project is sharing video, audio and photo testimonials from around Nepal -- paying homage to the memory of survivors, victims, and affected families of the conflict.

A 15-year-old rape victim is the latest collateral damage of Duterte's drug war

Netizens say Duterte’s misogyny, rape jokes, and assurances to defend police and military in the course of anti-drug & counterinsurgency operations have normalized a macho culture of sexual abuse.

“The people's voices” prevail: Sri Lanka's prime ministerial crisis to be put to a parliamentary vote

Sri Lanka's political crisis is halted as the president schedules a parliamentary vote to decide who should be the country's prime minister.

Lynch mobs in India, fake news in Brazil — when disinformation goes viral, should Facebook take action?

Advox

Facebook may still not know its power when it comes to disinformation.

1 November 2018

The Cop and the Showgirl, or how China's newest tool of repression targets the rich and powerful

The Bridge

The "liuzhi" detention law was introduced in May 2018. "Even the constitution now says that the liuzhi agency ranks higher than the judiciary and the prosecutor’s office."

Jordan reclaims lands ‘rented to the Israelis’ under 1994 peace treaty

Baqoura and Ghumar, long believed to be “Jordanian lands rented to the Israelis” under the 1994 peace treaty, were revealed to be “privately-owned Israeli lands under Jordanian sovereignty”.

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