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· November, 2018

Stories about Protest from November, 2018

How fake news and misinformation are stirring ethnic tensions in Afghanistan

"The truth is that the image circulating is fake. It belongs to Wakil Kohsar and was taken in 2016, two years ago."

Meet the women's rights activists behind bars in Saudi Arabia

On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, human rights organisations continue to call for the release of jailed Saudi women activists.

Activists in Lebanon are taking on the country's stray bullet problem

Farha Taysheh is one campaign among many that attempt to fight the inevitable violence resulting from the possession of guns — whether intentional or not.

Russian rapper arrested and unexpectedly released after alleged Kremlin intervention

Husky is no liberal minstrel, but fellow rappers rushed to his support when he was arrested. Then a state TV executive bragged about the Kremlin's efforts to release him.

Indonesian school teacher faces jail time for documenting sexual harassment

Public outrage forced the Attorney General's Office to suspend the jailing of the female teacher, who was sexually harassed by her boss.

Despite threats of arrest, rap song criticizing military rule goes viral in Thailand

As a response to the 40-million-view music video, the Thai government launched its own rap song celebrating innovation and progress (it flopped).

Students rally for academic freedom on the eve of the final call for Central European University to stay in Hungary

Students of threatened academic institutions occupied the square in front of the Parliament to defend academic freedom in Hungary.

‘I am prepared to go to jail': Founder of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement offers hope ahead of trial

"I am prepared to go to jail… So long as we are not crushed by the trial and the prison sentence...then we will come out stronger."

Mozambique’s new China-funded Maputo-KaTembe bridge, the longest in Africa, comes with high tolls

At 785 million US dollars, the bridge is the most expensive infrastructure project undertaken in Mozambique since its independence in 1975.

‘Tuition free for all in public universities in Liberia’, says President George Weah

Mr. Weah’s tuition-free announcement sounds plausible, but neither he nor the Liberian government has the monetary and logistical support for the realization of the policy.

Meet the people saving a 12,000 year-old forest from being turned into a coal mine

The Hambach Forest has existed since the ice age. Since 2012 activists have been occupying what's left of the forest, determined to save it and end coal mining in Germany.

Mauritania keeps anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid in prison — and far away from parliament

Biram Dah Abeid, who is also an elected government official, is accused of slandering and threatening a journalist with close ties to the Mauritanian government.

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."

Western Saharan media activist Bashir Khadda suspends 45-day hunger strike in Moroccan prison

Khadda is among 25 activists prosecuted and jailed by Moroccan authorities for their roles in the 2010 Gdeim Izik protest movement.

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.”

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

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.

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.

“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.

A thespian, a journalist and a politician. Three minority women busting barriers in Georgia

They share a common determination and single-mindedness despite very different goals and dreams.

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