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· December, 2018

Stories about Weblog from December, 2018

For the first time, an Angolan president meets with the government's staunchest critics

The meeting appears to signal a pivot from his predecessor José Eduardo dos Santos, whose administration was notorious for the ill-treatment of activists, journalists, and international NGOs.

In Hungary, protests continue at the public broadcast building where opposition MPs were removed by force

Protests continued in the Hungarian capital in front of the public broadcasting service building with opposition MP's ejected for demanding an end to the so-called "slavery law".

The case for the mate emoji and why it's important for South America

This South American drink beloved by millions is very close to making its way into the emoji lexicon.

Oaxacan women learn essential photo skills to reframe their lives

Over a weekend in November 2018, 25 young girls from Oaxaca learned about photography techniques from instructors of the Museum of Photographic Arts.

Hungarians stage nightly protests against new court system and so-called ‘slavery law’

This article is based on the story “Hungarians protest against the government in front of Parliament every night” written by Anita Kőműves, with photos by Márk Tremmel and Áron Halász...

What do Chinese internet users think of Google's ‘Dragonfly’ project?

Internet users remain divided over whether or not Google's supposed return to China is a good thing -- or not.

100 days for Alaa: Family of Egyptian activist counts the days until his release from prison

Alaa has been jailed or investigated under every Egyptian head of state who has served during his lifetime.

Anti-violence protests continue in Belgrade, after journalist survives assassination attempt

Protests are estimated to have doubled in size after Serbian president vows "never" to meet demonstrators' demands.

It’s official: 2018 in Japan was a ‘disaster’

Given Japan's year of natural catastrophes, the Japanese Kanji Proficiency Society thought that “disaster” was a suitable symbol for 2018.

An all-female flight crew makes history in Mozambique

For the first time in the country's civil aviation history, an airplane was operated entirely by women.

Angola expels thousands of Congolese migrants in crackdown on illegal diamond mining

"Suddenly, on Monday, we saw youths from the Chokwe community with Angolan policemen starting to burn the homes of those perceived to be foreigners."

Removal of Filipino language and literature as required college subjects sparks opposition

"We believe that Filipino language and literature is vital in deepening the critical, creative, free, and liberating capacities of students and people."

Women entrepreneurs break barriers in Kashmir

"...I get negative comments on social media, even by women, but I think these comments given to me have helped me grow from a better person to a better designer"

In Madagascar, costly presidential campaigns don't add up to a better life for citizens

"One cannot expect clean politics which have been financed by corrupt money." The combination of secret financing and corruption is a real threat to the legitimacy of Madagascar's elections. 

Serbian internet users ridicule disinformation broadcast by pro-government media

Local media misinformed the public about the scale and scope of the protest, sparking a cascade of online criticism.

Crackdown in Beijing: ‘Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations’

The number of Twitter users who have been directly threatened by authorities is estimated to be in the hundreds or even more.

Singapore government threatens critics and independent media with defamation claims

"How can a prime minister be offended by someone sharing a Facebook post?"

Lebanese journalist goes on trial for covering migrant worker abuse allegations

Lebanon's Cybercrimes Bureau also asked him to sign a pledge to not speak about the case again, but he refused.

Buju Banton, controversial dancehall star, comes home — but is Jamaica ready?

"In light of the adversity I have encountered, I feel the need to stress that my only desire going forward is peace and love."

For the first time, a digital security app is available in Aymara thanks to Bolivian language activists

"For us, language is our identity. If we lose our language, we lose our traditions, our culture, our stories, our ancestral knowledge -- we lose everything."

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