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· February, 2021

Stories about Weblog from February, 2021

Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh, the man at the heart of Trinidad & Tobago's Highway Re-Route Movement

Despite the HRM's legal victory, Kublalsingh says "it would have been a better outcome" if the government had been made to abide by the findings of the independently commissioned report.

Nigerian politician arrested for condemning the kidnap of schoolchildren

Salihu Tanko Yakasi’s tweets came after the kidnapping of about 300 school girls at Government Girls Secondary School inJangebe, north-western Nigeria, on February 26, 2021.

Community in Trinidad says ‘No’ to quarry operator targeting area's last untouched watershed

Tired of dealing with the effects of quarrying in the area, including river water "unfit for human use," residents are trying their best to prevent further extraction and environmental degradation.

Myanmar illustrators unite to distribute protest art for free

"Like all other Myanmar citizens, artists want to contribute to the national struggle... artists can assist other protesters with our artworks..."

Could Trinidad & Tobago's COVID-19 travel exemption process be compromising citizens’ rights?

One attorney posited that the government’s ability to regulate borders “is no way in question." However, whether the exercise of that power intersects with citizens' rights remains to be argued.

Trinidad & Tobago’s COVID-19 travel exemption process is demoralising its citizens abroad

Nationals who were unable to make it back home before the country's borders closed following its index case of COVID-19 are now at the mercy of the travel exemption system.

In Azerbaijan, death of young woman renews conversation on domestic violence

Sevil's story hit close to home for many Azerbaijani women, for whom physical and psychological abuse at the hands of not only partners, but also siblings, parents, and in-laws, are common.

Philippines’ ‘Paradis Island’ has a message for ‘Attack on Titan’ fans

"We are an innocent island in a lake in Laguna and we have nothing to do with Titans."

Myanmar’s ‘civil disobedience movement’ has produced many inventive ways of protesting

Only three weeks have passed since the coup but protesters have already used various creative methods to express dissent.

Transgender people in El Salvador are defending their right to vote

A team of 14 people from the LGBTQI community are training those in charge of El Salvador's electoral process in order to combat discrimination, ahead of the February 28 elections.

Beijing official signals changes to Hong Kong's electoral system

Xia said the power to govern the semi-autonomous region must "lie in the hands of patriots."

Trinidad & Tobago's problem with gender-based violence

Since the murder of Andrea Bharatt, parliament has passed the Evidence Bill and approved the use of pepper spray for self-defence, but are these measures really addressing the core issue?

Despite claims of authoritarianism, President Bukele's popularity continues to be strong in El Salvador

Polls favor Bukele's party to win over the Legislative Assembly in the next elections—good news for those who approve of Bukele, bad news for those who see him as authoritarian.

Mozambique’s President pardons young men who insulted him in viral video

One of the men was even arrested, and the case was widely discussed on social media.

Myanmar citizens continue strong opposition to military junta with ‘22222’ general strike

"If we oppose the dictatorship, they might shoot us. But we have to oppose dictatorship. It’s our duty. That’s why so many people are coming out today against them."

Updating Uyghur: The power of online discussions for language preservation

Though spoken by over 10 million people, the Uyghur language is struggling to adapt to modern life and overcome heavy censorship and language elimination in China

Prominent Harvard professor pilloried for peddling revisionist history about wartime ‘comfort women’

Historians familiar with wartime sexual slavery perpetrated by Japanese armed forces point out that the professor, J. Mark Ramseyer, has long championed historical revisionism.

Facebook draws furious response for blocking news stories in Australia

"You know Facebook... Our little thumb has the ultimate power... It’s pretty easy to just #DeleteFacebook."

Downtown Kingston’s new murals brighten Jamaica’s COVID-19 gloom

Jamaica's creative sector, which had begun to show many 'green shoots' prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, has been particularly hard hit — but it is forging ahead in novel ways.

After grisly murder, women hold protest in Baku

The demonstration was given impetus by the brutal murder of a 32-year-old woman.

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