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· January, 2020

Stories about Weblog from January, 2020

Remembrance for femicide victims in Trinidad & Tobago raises awareness of gender-based violence

The gathering highlighted several key issues, including the need for better support systems, updated legislation and social reformation programmes to inspire cultural change.

Waterfront communities displaced by forced evictions in Lagos, Nigeria

Lagos' waterfront communities are seen as a public health and safety threat, but to residents who struggle to afford to live on the mainland, they are the only option.

Jamaica's Accountability Meter Portal: ‘Accountability is the key to progress’

"I learned that our political leaders are more responsive than I thought and that advocacy is far more than a mere radio or TV interview."

Hope for dying Nepali language wanes as one of the last fluent speakers passes away at 85

Gyani Maiya was one of two fluent speakers of Kusunda. With her passing, the language has suffered an irreparable loss.

In Kerala, millions form human chain to protest India's ‘anti-muslim’ citizenship laws

The crowd included politicians, cultural activists, religious leaders, artists and concerned citizens.

The Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal tracks government performance and gives power back to people

This groundbreaking website tracks the performance of elected representatives by giving citizens unfettered access and educating them about the way their government works.

For Taiwan, the Wuhan coronavirus is also a diplomatic battle

Taiwan is one of the most vulnerable places for the spread of the virus after the PRC.

Nigeria's Operation Àmò̩té̩kùn: Was it named after a leopard, cheetah or tiger? 

Linguists who study Yorùbá have long taken issue with ascribing meaning of the word àmò̩té̩kùn interchangeably with the leopard, cheetah and tiger.

Peruvians debate road safety and labor regulations after fatal truck explosion

A few days before the extraordinary parliamentary elections in Peru, a disaster generates outrage and solidarity among citizens.

Subdued recognition in Japan for Sugihara Chiune on 75th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

As a diplomat in Lithuania in 1940, Sugihara issued 6,000 visas for Jews looking to flee to the Americas via Japan.

Is Trump's Middle East peace plan a one-state solution?

The long-awaited peace deal was announced on Tuesday amid silence and shock from the Middle East.

Nigeria’s border closure puts a dent in intra-regional trade optimism

Closing Nigeria's land borders to solve the recurrence of smuggling will have a negative economic effect on Nigeria and puts a damper on Africa's much-anticipated intra-regional trade investment agreement.

In Dhaka's mayoral election, environmental promises undermined by plastic campaign posters

City Corporation elections will be held in Dhaka on February 1, 2020. Netizens are concerned about the use of laminated posters in the election campaign which poses a threat to...

From Cox's Bazar to Yangon, poets show solidarity with Rohingya minority in Myanmar

"Myanmar’s oppression dispersed our ethnic minorities, now our poetries bring us together."

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Auschwitz in pictures

The online archive Znaci.net digitized several photos of Auschwitz from different museums in the former Yugoslavia. They tell the story, among other things, of the Mandić family of prisoners from Croatia.

Data shows trend of fewer Hungarians attending public protests

Prior to a new law governing public assembly which came into effect on October 1, 2018, public demonstrations in Hungary were well attended. Now, though they still happen, attendance is...

Red palm fruit flourishes in Côte d'Ivoire, despite national shortage

In the sprawling markets of Côte d'Ivoire, red palm oil is sold in open-air stands in recycled plastic bottles by women. The original red palm tree originates in West Africa. 

Justice elusive for nine victims of funk party police raid in São Paulo favela

Nine residents of São Paulo favelas died during a military police operation in Paraisópolis in early December 2019.

This Nigerian human rights lawyer wins second order of restraint against government

Lawyer Gloria Ballason has experienced ongoing intimidation and harassment by Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, amid a growing crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent in Nigeria. 

A regional security intervention in Nigeria sparks ethnic, political tensions

Amotekun may be the litmus test that defines the restructuring of Nigeria's federalism.

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