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· May, 2020

Stories about Weblog from May, 2020

Dalit youth and five of his friends stoned to death in Nepal because of his love for an upper-caste girl

A low-caste young man and 18 of his friends were attacked – and some of them killed – all because of his love for a girl who was above his...

Tour little-known tourist spots in Japan on YouTube

YouTube channel Anna Film Production produces short videos of interesting and scenic spots in the Kansai region in western Japan.

Côte d'Ivoire withdraws from African Court on Human and People's Rights

On April 29, the spokesperson of the Ivorian Government, Sidi Touré, announced Côte d'Ivoire's decision to remove its recognition of the competence of African human rights court.

‘Indonesia, whatever’: Frontline staff express frustration over COVID-19 response

"We risked our lives, but are paid less than is adequate. Hundreds of nurses faced pay cuts and their 13th-month salary was withheld."

Mozambique revokes decree that imposed exorbitant fees on journalist accreditation

The fees, introduced in 2018, ranged between 30 and 500 thousand meticais (around 507 and 8,450 USD) and were mandatory for foreign correspondents and foreign and national freelance journalists working...

Cryptocurrency scammers flood Facebook users with ads for fake Forbes.com articles

Data publicly provided by Facebook about the adverts' reach indicate they have traveled far beyond North Macedonia, activists warn.

Explore beauty and heritage in the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand while staying at home

Southeast Asian countries have lost millions of visitors but none of their branding know-how.

Netflix blockbuster ‘Extraction’ draws criticism for portrayal of Bangladesh's capital

The Netflix blockbuster “Extraction” attracted a lot of criticism and debate for its poor, inaccurate and stereotypical portrayal of Bangladesh and Bangladeshis.

COVID-19 tune educates, empowers Indonesia’s remote Marapu community

"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."

Has COVID-19 worsened or improved Jamaican family dynamics?

The COVID-19 restrictions in Jamaica have diminished some families' already limited economic power while heaping additional responsibilities on parents. How are different types of families coping?

A Yorùbá language activist strives for linguistic diversity in digital spaces 

Adéṣinà Ọmọ Yoòbá, a Nigerian Yorùbá language and culture advocate, is keen to bridge the cultural and linguistic digital divide.

Art series sheds light on the marginalization of indigenous Tharus in Nepal

‘Masinya Dastoor’, an art series of young artist Lavkant Chaudhary, delves into the history of chronological marginalization of the indigenous Tharu community in Nepal over the past decades.

While Pakistan combats COVID-19, a locust swarm is devastating food supplies

The plague of locusts has already devastated crops in parts of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula as well as South Asia.

COVID-19 on the front lines: An interview with Ecuador’s Red Cross

"At the Red Cross we believe in humanity, in alleviating human suffering in every circumstance."

COVID-19 diaries from Wuhan: ‘You can go outside for two hours’

Someone asked me, "What is the first thing that you want to do after the lockdown is lifted?" I said, "I want to walk by the river and yell."

Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan accused of censorship after taking down Tokyo Olympics parody

The April issue of the club's magazine featured the Tokyo Olympics' emblem depicted in the shape of a coronavirus, which reportedly prompted copyright complaints from the Olympic Organising Committee.

Will the ‘Self-reliant India’ scheme bring relief to migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced another economic reform package of 265 Billion USD during the COVID-19 pandemic which drew criticism from netizens.

‘Born Ya': Speaking with Jamaican fine artist Judy Ann MacMillan about her new autobiography

"Fine art itself is under intense challenge in Jamaica, as it is elsewhere. The tenets [...] are in conflict with social improvement, political messages and democratic ideas."

Burundi voted — but will the political situation change?

Burundians voted on May 20 for a new president, with official results expected next week. The new president will face pressing questions on international relations, media repression, inclusive economic policies and...

‘One Country, Two Systems’ on the line as national security law looms over Hong Kong

"Our way of life may soon be circumscribed but we will find a way to survive and prosper through this."

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