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· July, 2021

Stories about Weblog from July, 2021

Who’s trying to silence the fearless voice of Sri Lankan journalist Tharindu Jayawardhana?

One of Sri Lanka’s most promising young journalists is facing intimidation following his reporting on the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings.

In the face of elite tourism projects, the Barbuda Warbler isn't the only one that might lose its home

After 2017's Hurricane Irma, Barbudans were made to evacuate the island. Little did they know this would coincide with the washing away of their centuries-old communal land rights.

Weak public consultation approach draws questions about plans to ‘revitalise’ beloved Trinidad park

Plans allegedly include replacing the existent grass with AstroTurf in order to utilise the park's potential as “a public wellness and sports hub in the heart of our capital city.”

How a swimming pool became Puerto Rico's symbol of climate change and corruption

Critics of a swimming pool that was destroyed during hurricane Maria in 2017 say that it is being rebuilt against Puerto Rico's own environmental regulations.

Violence against women is on the rise in Mexico. How do Mexicans perceive it?

We conducted a national public opinion web survey to better understand Mexicans' response to the increasing number of femicides.

The essence of LeRoy Clarke, Trinidad and Tobago's master artist who died this week

"The art of being LeRoy Clarke is a discipline, cultivated by an artist equally inspired and terrified of the society that has hammered his art into existence."

“Istanbul is the new cool” claims Turkey's Ministry of Tourism and Culture, though not everyone agrees

Turkey's Ministry of Tourism and Culture launches new video promoting tourism in Istanbul, is not real Istanbul critics of the promo film say.

Journalist working remotely in Barbados shares her experience of street harassment

"Local women said to me, ‘But that’s how Caribbean men are.’ One said if I wanted to live in the Caribbean I would have to accept that."

Bermudians are ‘bursting with pride’ as triathlete Flora Duffy brings home the country's first Olympic gold

Duffy completed the course a full minute and 14 seconds ahead of her closest competitor for a convincing win—and Bermudians cannot contain their elation!

Indonesia faces criticism for lack of financial support amid lockdowns

Many citizens are criticizing the government for their seemingly inadequate response to the pandemic and lack of socio-economic support amid tightened COVID-19 restrictions.

Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz makes history for winning the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold medal

"A woman unfairly included in the drug matrix wins the first Olympic gold medal for the Philippines. Coincidence or a foretelling? The last man standing is a woman."

Community support is vital to women athletes: Kosovo alpinist Uta Ibrahimi

Uta Ibrahimi, an alpinist from Kosovo, talks about her mountaineering adventures and the challenges she faces as an gender equality and environmental activist in this interview for Global Voices.

Afghan refugees flood into Turkey as USA announces final troop withdrawal

After the US announced it would withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, Afghans fleeing the Taliban are flooding into Turkey for safety.

Hong Kong hands down first guilty sentence on terrorism and inciting secession charges under national security law

The special High Court's judgement was based on 'all the relevant circumstances' and the undisputed understanding that the slogan was 'capable of' inciting others to commit secession.

Angola's government launches a campaign to end the use of anabolic body modification

The Government of Angola launched a campaign to combat a harmful experimental practice called "jarda," a procedure that aims to alter parts of the body through chemical injections.

Pakistani woman cricketer Nida Dar faces sexism from a former cricketer

Excerpts of a recent interview with Abdul Razzag and Nida Dar show him pointing out that the top woman cricketer is "manly".

Foreign journalists harassed by Chinese citizens over Zhengzhou flooding coverage

Correspondents for several international media outlets were harassed by citizens on the streets of Zhengzhou over the weekend as they covered the aftermath of severe flooding in the Chinese city.

Religious cleric criticizes Turkey's women's volleyball team for their appearance in Tokyo Olympics

Turkey's women's volleyball team, known as the "Sultans of the Net," beat China 3–0 during a Tokyo Olympics match on July 25.

Hong Kong Pro-Beijing camp finds fault with Olympic badminton player's black outfit

In Hong Kong, the hottest topic about the Tokoyo 2020 Olympic Games in recent days has been badminton player Angus Ng Ka-Long’s monochrome black outfit. 

Cubans want more than just the lifting of the US blockade

"I dare to say that Cuba is facing the worst crisis in its history, becoming a humanitarian crisis similar to the one that Venezuela has gone through in recent years."

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