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· October, 2018

Stories about Weblog from October, 2018

31 October 2018

Madagascar citizens demand transparency in a fishy deal with China

The livelihoods of Madagascar’s coastal communities will be seriously threatened if they must compete with the potential catch capacity of these fishing boats.

Israa Al-Ghomgham, a Saudi woman facing the death penalty for peaceful protest

Advox

Al-Ghomgham, and many other Saudi Shiites, took to the streets in 2011 to demand better rights.

For Calypso History Month in Trinidad & Tobago, #metoo does a double-take on empowering tunes

Readers offer a few suggestions for calypsos that make female empowerment their priority.

One dead in Sri Lanka amidst a constitutional crisis

Power struggle between ousted Sri Lankan PM and newly appointed PM has led to the death of a protester in Colombo.

30 October 2018

Was Afghanistan's long-delayed and stretched-out parliamentary vote a success or a failure?

"Can we hold presidential elections with the same @IECAfghanistan leadership? Logistical and technical failures beyond frustrating."

29 October 2018

A Mozambique surfwear retailer thought is was a good idea to name their store “Hitler”—Netizens disagreed

The "Hitler" store, which seems to have been in business since early October, is located in one of the largest shopping centers in the country.

Paramilitary group killed farmers in Philippines sugar plantation, fact-finding mission says

The "Sagay 9" massacre was the single most deadly attack against peasant activists under the Rodrigo Duterte administration.

28 October 2018

‘Voice for the Ocean’ gives European citizens a say on the future of ocean conservation

"It is necessary to connect European citizens and ocean lovers to the political sphere in order to discuss, make progress, and protect the ocean together."

27 October 2018

Brazilian journalists face hacking, doxxing and other threats as election draws near

Advox

141 cases of threats and violence against journalists have been registered during the coverage of 2018 elections.

26 October 2018

Online stories of the Venezuelan exodus

The difficult exodus from Venezuela to other countries in the region can be followed through the stories and recommendations of those who have already left the country.

25 October 2018

Arrested in Saudi Arabia, and then disappeared: Yemeni writer Marwan Almuraisy

Advox

In the authoritarian kingdom, the crackdown against independent voices has escalated under Mohammed Bin Salman's rule.

No more photos of sleeping MPs? New rules restrict what media can cover in Tasmania Parliament

"Who do these politicians think they are? They are elected by the public, and the public is absolutely entitled to see how they behave."

24 October 2018

Ukraine is outsourcing law enforcement to private companies that don't respect human rights

Their mandates are based solely on contracts signed between them and the city -- which vary a lot from city to city -- and mechanisms of accountability are virtually nonexistent.

Interactive maps become a tool to fight crime in Mexico

Collaborations such as the use of interactive mapping tools reflect the situation of citizens living with security issues. These citizen tools are a practical response to the problem.

Will Syria follow in the UAE's footsteps and censor VoIP services?

Advox

A policy banning VoIP services will present a direct threat to Syrians’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

Burundi clamps down on international NGOs and rejects human rights criticisms

In September, the National Security Council announced all NGOs – except in hospitals and schools – were suspended for three months from October 1, and mining companies for one month.

23 October 2018

Landslide victory for Bhutan's centre-left party following peaceful general elections

This is only the third democratic elections to take place in the tiny, landlocked South Asian country since it abolished its Monarchy and adopted a new constitution in 2008.

As China legalizes Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’, Weibo netizens cheer on

China has switched its public relations tactics from denying to defending the camps, and the u-turn immediately reflected back on the social media conversation.

22 October 2018

Chinese artist Badiucao sends ‘Make Wall Great Again’ hats to Google, in protest of company's return to China

Advox

“I want [Google] to know it is a mistake to collaborate with China’s censorship. It is as shameful as Trump’s wall ... an invisible wall online — the great firewall.”

21 October 2018

Digging up the lost George Lucas Japanese 1980s TV commercials

Japanese Twitter has unearthed a series of 1980s Japanese TV commercials featuring George Lucas singing the praises of consumer electronics giant Panasonic.