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21 August 2019

Remembering the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

Over a third of young Czechs are unable to make a link between the date of August 21, 1968 and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

As a top government official is arrested in Trinidad & Tobago, the corruption debate rages

Why was McDonald fired and reappointed so many times? Does Trinidad and Tobago have a culture of enabling corruption? The minister's arrest has prompted a wider debate.

20 August 2019

Twitter reveals China's information operations on Hong Kong protests

A network of 200,000 accounts operated in conjunction to undermine the legitimacy of the Hong Kong movement, Twitter said in a statement.

In São Paulo’s outskirts, mothers’ face challenges to access ‘humanized childbirth’

Obstetric violence, absence of birth centres, professionals without training in humanised delivery: how can women have a safe and humanised birth in the outskirts of Brazil's biggest city?

Mozambique pushes for SIM card registration, raising privacy concerns

Advox

The measure would make it easier for the authorities to identify the owners of registered SIM cards.

Tonga threatens to ban Facebook over anti-monarchy posts

Advox

"By trying to impose a ban the government will simply make itself look foolish or ineffective."

19 August 2019

Pakistan's government suspends relations with India in show of solidarity with Kashmiris

After Narendra Modi's government in India scrapped Article 370, many Pakistanis asked the ruling party to take action.

Here are some of Moldovan pop music's contributions to global meme culture

Few people remember this, but two popular memes known around the world are actually Moldovan in origin.

Mainland Chinese netizens face ‘pink terror’ of patriotic trolls amid Hong Kong protests

Advox

Those who do not toe the official party line are identified and subjected to doxxing.

18 August 2019

China inspects Hongkongers’ mobile phones for protest photos and chats at border checkpoints

In the face of border searches, Hong Kong protesters are picking up new technology tactics to mitigate their risk.

Cinema and new laws bring greater acceptance and visibility for Vietnamese transgenders 

LGBTQ+ identities are gaining legal and social recognition in Vietnam, as a documentary illustrates.

17 August 2019

In Pakistan, it's an uphill battle for women who report sexual harassment

In the past few years, Pakistan saw an increasing number of harassing women on the street by means of indecent exposure or exhibition. Police already arrested three men.

16 August 2019

Indian government asks Twitter to remove accounts ‘spreading rumours’ about Kashmir

Advox

With the communication blackout inside Kashmir, netizens elsewhere resorted to Twitter to speak out against India's revocation of the region's autonomous status.

Apprehension rises over the abduction of a Nigerian government critic

Advox

Dadiyata, a fierce critic of Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje, was abducted on August 1 and nothing has been heard of him since.

How Hungary-funded news sites helped a false story travel all the way from Slovenia through Greece to North Macedonia

Fact-checkers in North Macedonia have traced the original source of the bribe article and uncovered a complex trail of disinformation spanning at least four countries.

Indian-administered Kashmir is like an ‘open prison’, says observers

"What is happening in Kashmir is 'normal' in the sense that state-backed violence, deceit and lies, gag on civilian voices, and govt propaganda have always been a 'normal' in Kashmir."

Refugees in West Java, Indonesia have no access to education so they established their own school

Refugees can spend many years in Indonesia without possibility of permanent settlement.

14 August 2019

Beijing says Hong Kong anti-extradition protests show signs of ‘terrorism’

"The bloody crackdown is extending and you cannot see the border or a definitive sign in Hong Kong’s version of June 4..."

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