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· April, 2019

Stories about Politics from April, 2019

30 April 2019

Afghanistan's dwindling Sikh and Hindu communities turn towards the exits

A recent survey found that 60.7% of respondents would emigrate if they were given opportunity.”

Will Kyrgyzstan call time on uranium mining?

The government says it has revoked the license of a company planning to mine in the Issyk-Kul region that is a beloved tourism spot.

26 April 2019

Cultural heritage and stray dogs under siege in Baku's Formula 1 rerun

"Every year, we invest in Formula 1 but not in our education system? Why?"

24 April 2019

Malaysian activist under police probe after LGBT speech at the United Nations

"The police investigation into Numan’s statement merely serves to highlight the harassment, bullying and discrimination faced by LGBT persons in Malaysia."

23 April 2019

A conversation with the creator of FindyourB, a podcast for soul-searching Kazakh millennials

A podcast that examines identity and value systems is attracting young people in Kazakhstan.

As a comedian wins Ukraine's presidency by a landslide, Russians watch with awe and envy

RuNet Echo

Russians have been glued to their screens as they watched a rare show: unpredictable elections where an incumbent can hold debates with an outsider, lose the vote, and concede peacefully.

21 April 2019

A series of bomb attacks on churches and hotels spark terror in Sri Lanka

Hundreds were killed and injured in a series of planned explosions in Sri Lanka. A twelve-hour islandwide curfew was declared by the government while social media sites were restricted.

20 April 2019

‘Culture of killing and impunity’: Coffee shop shooting in the Philippines leaves two dead

"The full details remain unclear, but what does remain clear is that this culture of killing and impunity has emboldened murderers to openly boast of their weapons and shoot people."

Guinea’s President Alpha Condé tells supporters to be ready to fight

Alpha Condé, the Guinean president, told his supporters to be ready for serious confrontations with those who may oppose him seeking a third term.

Will the Haitian president's third pick for prime minister solve the nation's security issues?

Haiti's security situation is currently quite volatile, sparking hope that the proposed new prime minister will be able to work with President Moise and deal with pressing socio-economic issues.

19 April 2019

How alternative health magazines advance Russia's soft power in the Balkans

Mundane health advice such as doing exercise and eating vegetables becomes "Russian advice" in magazines such as Russian Doctor, Russian Herbalist, Russian Encyclopedia of Health.

Pope Francis will visit North Macedonia in May, shortly after presidential elections

It is the first time a pope visits North Macedonia.

18 April 2019

After a year of protests Nicaraguans don't want just Ortega's departure — they want a new beginning

"[We need to] eradicate authoritarianism, sexism, personal autocracy and other ills that have penetrated the political culture of the country"

17 April 2019

China's Censored Histories: Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Advox

The crackdown on internet freedom in early June has become an iconic source of panic for the Communist Party of China.

15 April 2019

‘The army didn't kill anyone,’ says Bolsonaro after soldiers fire 80 times at family car in Brazil, killing one

"The army is of the people, and you can't accuse the people of murder," said Brazil's president six days after the incident that has shocked the country.

‘I invented the term Afroczech': An interview with Czech-Nigerian author Obonete Ubam

Obonete Ubam is a Czech-Nigerian author who describes how he came to embrace his African heritage in a newly published book that became a media sensation in the Czech Republic.

The scent of revolution: The story behind Sudan's legendary perfume label remix

Artist Amado Alfadni transforms Sudan's iconic Bint El Sudan perfume label into a revolutionary message.

13 April 2019

Game of Thrones and climate change: brace yourselves, summer is coming!

The Bridge

Imagine a world where political clans fight for power while ignoring a threat never seen before—and which could annihilate their societies without much consideration for human-made boundaries...

12 April 2019

How Uzbeks learned to love (and live on) the Telegram messenger app

The service whose growth in the country at one point felt almost accidental is now a mirror to a nation on the move.

11 April 2019

Slovenian officials rebuff Hungary, refuse to censor cartoon satire ridiculing Viktor Orbán

Slovenian officials pledged to "never interfere in any of the media’s editorial policy."

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