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· December, 2017

Stories about Weblog from December, 2017

22 December 2017

In Sri Lanka, Families of the Disappeared Treasure the Everyday Items Left Behind

"When we were displaced, this blazer and four sarees were all I had in a bag. This is all I have of his possessions."

21 December 2017

Africa's Richest Woman Dismissed From Angola’s National Oil Company — Is This the End of Dos Santos’ Power?

Is this the beginning of Africa's richest woman -- and the Dos Santos clans downfall?

20 December 2017

Tropical Storm Unleashes Deadly Destruction on Philippines Four Years After Super Typhoon Haiyan

"We would never have thought the storm would cause evacuation-efforts spanning three regions or paralyzed the economy of close to three provinces in Eastern Visayas."

Amidst the Advent Season, Church Blast Leaves Nine Dead and Several Injured in Quetta, Pakistan

On December 17, 2017, the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, in Quetta, Pakistan was attacked, leaving nine dead and more than 50 injured.

Is Trinidad & Tobago ‘Vindicating’ Perpetrators of Gender-Based Violence?

"How to vindicate a murder: Give it a child. Call its dead mother a monster for being cold and selfish enough to ask Justice to restrain a man..."

With Legislative Changes, Some Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Fear ‘Article 23 Is Coming to Town’

Article 23 refers to a controversial part of Hong Kong's mini-constitution that compels it to pass national security legislation against treason, secession, sedition or subversion against the mainland Chinese government.

19 December 2017

Pakistan's Digital Rights Foundation Launches Online Safety Network for Journalists

Advox

Last week, Digital Rights Foundation, a not-for-profit working on digital rights in Pakistan, launched the “Network for Journalists for Digital Rights.” The network seeks to help journalists keep safe while working online...

Jamaicans Mourn the Passing of a Media Icon Who Celebrated Achievement in the Face of Adversity

"Ian’s contribution to media is admirable and represents the power of good journalism. He distinguished himself as a fair, fearless and balanced commentator. I consider his passing a great loss."

For Those Seeking Refuge in Trinidad and Tobago, State Support Is Lacking

The issue of migration is high on the global radar, but when it comes to the Caribbean region, stories of refugees and asylum-seekers have had less attention.

Wildlife Sanctuary Announcement Is the Icing on the Christmas Cake for Jamaica's Environmental Campaigners

An environmentally sensitive area initially pegged to be a megaport development will now be transformed into a wildlife sanctuary intended to protect the critically endangered Jamaican Iguana.

The Story Behind China’s Online Literature Boom

China is experiencing a boom in online e-book sales which is changing the landscape of publishing and literature in the country.

‘Love Wins for Today’ as Indonesian Court Rejects Petition to Criminalize Gay Sex

"Thank you the five Supreme Court justices who thwarted another effort to persecute Indonesia's LGBT people. Our fight for equality is not over, but for today #lovewins."

18 December 2017

The Hypocrisy of the Philippines National Police Human Rights Mobile App

"The ‘Know Your Rights’ app is a perfect example of hypocrisy because the only application that is known to the PNP is the application of torture..."

17 December 2017

#FreeNganang: Cameroonian Writer Patrice Nganang Detained in a Maximum Security Prison in Yaoundé

Advox

Cameroon needs intellectuals resolutely committed to the service of the people, the oppressed. Those who sacrifice their times, their energy, their money, their families, their children, to build change.

Initiatives for Environmental Activism Take Off in Cuba

The Center for Education and Promotion for Sustainable Development is a commitment to participatory environmental management and political ecology in Cuba.

16 December 2017

#FindRaza: Social Media Campaign Launched for the Safe Return of Pakistani Human Rights Activist

Advox

Human rights activist Raza Mehmood Khan, who was working to build peace between Pakistan and India, went missing after he was last spotted at an event in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Honduran Electoral Controversy Resolved, but the Crisis is Far from Over

"The people are in the streets because they can’t take it anymore. Because they denied people their rights."

Art and Music Festival Brings Joy to Islamabad

After a month of tense street protests in Islamabad, an arts festival restores the spirits of its residents.

15 December 2017

Found in Translation: Local Publisher Brings Alive the Story of a Somali Olympian and Refugee for Macedonian Readers

Graphic novel "An Olympic Dream" -- a biography of a runner who perished while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea as a refugee -- was published in two local languages.

Twitter Japan is Not a Safe Space for Minority Users

Advox

"Of respondents who reported they found it unpleasant when coming across discriminatory articles online (as described above), 19.8% said they would refrain from using the Internet."

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