Stories about Weblog from October, 2022
Indonesia is still moving its capital to Nusantara despite rising public opposition
In a nearly unprecedented move, the Indonesian government is creating the city entirely from scratch and has cleared thousands of hectares of forests, fields, and grasslands for the new capital.
Queen Elizabeth II and British capitalism: The role of tropes and distractions
"[T]here are serious things to say about Queen Elizabeth II and her passing, but most of this will not be said, or will not be readily debated within the routine cultures of civil society."
Kathmandu’s street-smart dogs — worshipped for a day
The Kukur (dog) Tihar festival inspires compassion towards all animals, including dogs, but animal rights groups are advocating for better treatment of stray dogs in Nepal.
‘Avengers’ assemble on Twitter to help bring out the vote in Brazil
With a call from Samuel L. Jackson, actors such as Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr, joined Brazilian influencers to talk about the importance of voting in the presidential runoff
Student-run press in Thailand offered money by Chinese investor to stop operating
"Despite the incidents, we carry on with our tasks. We condemn every means used by authorities to harass and manipulate the challengers."
Dolma Diaries attempts to break down stereotypes and enmity, one episode at a time
Dolma Diaries is a short web series produced by a team from Germany, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia.
Indonesia rallies to support women in Iran amid concerns over rising domestic conservatism
As protestors gathered to support Iran, some activists warn that rising conservatism in parts of Indonesia means that women in Indonesia could lose their own right to choose
Three violent acts per day during Brazil's first round of elections, according to survey
In a deeply polarised run for the Brazilian presidency, the 2022 campaign has also been marked for attacks and violent episodes offline. Agencia Publica counts the cases registered in the country in the first round of campaign.
Undertones: Brazil copes with ‘digital militias’ ahead of tense elections
Some are asking the courts to not sacrifice what is urgent (stopping the flow of disinformation) for what is important — safeguarding democratic processes.
Leonie ‘Miss Lee’ Forbes, beloved doyenne of Jamaican stage and film, passes away at 85
"A talent that was bigger than our shores. We had brilliance, I wonder if we knew. Soar in the realms of the ancestors."
Giant cats on walls: Odesa street art inspired by the war, but not only
A street artist signing with the tag name LBWS is populating the urban landscape of Odesa and other cities with a giant wildcat telling the story of Ukraine.
Explaining the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China: Struggle and fight
Overseas Chinese dissidents anticipate an endless struggle targeting different social groups in China.
‘A girl with a Hindu heart’
"I have what I have, which is as much as so many daughters and sons and children of Lakshmi have in the diaspora [when] they lack community ... I have my heart."
Police detains scores of activists at an opposition party rally in Azerbaijan
According to local media reports, police started rounding up members of the party and other attendees hours ahead of the scheduled rally.
Klinika Bernardo pioneers, innovates community health care for HIV patients in the Philippines
"I thought my life had become meaningless. But here I am, helping others live on."
One of the last Ladino language speakers in Bosnia, Moris Albahari, passed away
Ladino or Judeo-Spanish is an endangered Romance language derived from Old Spanish, used by around 60,000 Sephardic Jews living in the Israel, Turkey, the Balkans, North Africa, and other former parts of Ottoman Empire.
In Trinidad & Tobago, Divali remains a festival beloved by people of all faiths
After a tweet recounts an intolerant comment about Divali, social media users overwhelmingly speak out for respect and tolerance: "Do onto others are you would like them do onto you."
‘Call them by their names’: Stories of Russian anti-war political prisoners
In March 2022 the Russian parliament passed amendments to the Russian Criminal Code allowing for real prison terms for an anti-war stance. Some people now face up to 10 years in prison.
How the hot chilli pepper ‘Akabare’ came to tickle the taste-buds of Nepali noodle lovers
Nepal’s indigenous round-shaped hot chilli pepper, locally known as ‘Akabare’, has taken the Nepali noodle industry by storm and is forging ahead to the international markets.
More guns, fewer control mechanisms: Brazilian journalist analyzes Bolsonaro’s gun policy
"The access to guns was expanded and control mechanisms did not follow the growth pace of guns in the hands of civilians," says Cecilia Olliveira.
Brazilian candidates reduce attention on peripheral neighborhoods in 2022 elections
Peripheral neighbourhoods are largely absent from the speeches and the government plans of candidates to the Brazilian presidency. At least, that is what is indicated by the plans presented to the Electoral Court.