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· March, 2019

Stories about Weblog from March, 2019

25 March 2019

Cyclone Idai almost completely submerged Beira, a city of 500,000 residents in Mozambique

Conversations for a Better World

The number of deaths officially confirmed in Mozambique exceeds 200, and more than 350,000 people are in a “state of constant risk."

Burundi: Scribble on the president's picture — go to jail

"If I did this in Nkurunziza’s Burundi, I could be jailed."

24 March 2019

In Brazil, 30 million people live in ‘quasi-deserts’ of news

Researchers see a correlation between a lack of information and a lack of good quality public services.

Cote d'Ivoire's chocolate waste spurs second industry in cocoa butter

An Ivorian woman makes cocoa butter to sell to soap makers, using chocolate scraps from Cote d'Ivoire's booming cocoa bean industry, the largest in the world.

23 March 2019

Deprived of citizenship, the Vietnamese of Cambodia live on the edge of society

“They tell us to go back to Vietnam. They say we fish everything and leave nothing for them. They tell us to go home. They don’t want us here.”

Website fighting against body-shaming proves Carnival is for #everyBODY

"Thanks to masqueraders like Candice Santana and our followers, we can shed a different light on what true representation of masqueraders looks like."

22 March 2019

Controversy at Malaysia’s Women’s Day march leads to its organizers being probed for sedition

"The government must not take the side of the bullies. Denying a group of marginalised groups their right to participate in democracy is truly an abuse of democracy."

21 March 2019

Christchurch massacre brings out the best and worst in humanity

"He may have sought notoriety but we, in New Zealand, will give nothing — not even his name."

Netizen Report: EU activists make a final push to keep the internet filter-free

Advox

The EU makes a final decision on copyright rules, Iraq considers a new cybercrime law, and internet activists in Kazakhstan, Egypt and Venezuela face legal threats.

20 March 2019

Tropical Cyclone Idai: Animal rescues overlooked in this climate disaster

The cyclone's devastation did not discriminate. Animal activists encourage citizens to remember not to leave animals behind during rescue operations and remember to look for injured, distressed animals.

19 March 2019

‘Who ordered the killing of Marielle Franco?,’ Brazil asks a year after the councilwoman's murder

"Who ordered the president's neighbor to kill Marielle?"

Activists speak out against Iraq's cybercrime bill

Advox

The bill prescribes lengthy prisons sentences, including life imprisonment, for speech-related offences.

Aurat March breaking barriers against patriarchy in Pakistan

Aurat March was a display of power and unity by women who are not seen in public spaces freely and their opinions and demands are almost never heard.

18 March 2019

Abandoned church construction site bears testimony to waning Russian influence in North Macedonia

Sergei Samsonenko's fortune seems to have waned since the Russia-backed political party VMRO-DPMNE lost the 2016 elections after ruling for a decade.

Slovak businessman charged with ordering murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée

Advox

"This is a significant step, and a rare one in murders of journalists. We hope authorities keep their promise to bring all perpetrators to justice."

Caribbean Airlines doesn't fly Boeing's 737 MAX, but travellers are still asking questions

The aircraft's Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) has a sensor designed to detect when the plane stalls, and automatically pushes the nose down to get airflow back over the wing.

Japanese stray cats get VIP treatment on Instagram

An anonymous photographer has befriended and taken thousands of snapshots of stray cats from an undisclosed location in Japan.

Cyclone leaves trail of devastation in Zimbabwe and throughout Southern Africa

"Sadly, lives have been lost and properties destroyed."

As India grapples with climate change, youth groups and startups scout for greener solutions

Vishal from Global Voices spoke to Indian farmers, experts, youth-led groups and social entrepreneurs who are innovating ways to tackle climate change.

16 March 2019

Biryani Stories: How Dhaka’s Biryani went from being the food of the elites to the dish everyone eats

After a period of Mughal rule in the greater Indian subcontinent, many foods were added to Bengal's culinary culture, including the delicious Biryani of Dhaka.

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