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· April, 2019

Stories about Weblog from April, 2019

15 April 2019

The scent of revolution: The story behind Sudan's legendary perfume label remix

Artist Amado Alfadni transforms Sudan's iconic Bint El Sudan perfume label into a revolutionary message.

“Our languages are not dying, they are being killed”

The Bridge

“Your language is worthless,” they were told repeatedly. “To be a Mexican citizen, you must speak the national language, Spanish. Stop speaking your language.”

14 April 2019

For the first time in the country's history, a woman will lead a public university in Mozambique

As dean of a public university, her position is equivalent to that of a minister in Mozambique.

12 April 2019

Argentina's Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo find 129th child who went missing during 1970s dictatorship

The newfound daughter had been in touch with the Abuelas since 2013, but only agreed to take a DNA test in 2019. She is yet to meet her biological father and...

Easter in Trinidad & Tobago looks (and tastes) like this

A glimpse into what Easter time is like in the most southerly islands of the Caribbean archipelago.

Free by day, jailed by night: Egyptian activists speak out against conditional release

Advox

Activists, who have recently been released from prison, only enjoy freedom from 6am to 6pm.

How Uzbeks learned to love (and live on) the Telegram messenger app

The service whose growth in the country at one point felt almost accidental is now a mirror to a nation on the move.

11 April 2019

Women are leading the protests in Sudan

“Women are front, left and center of the revolution. When people started protesting, they were like, ‘Women should stay at home.’ But we were like — no.”

Expelled Chinese diamond mining firm quietly returns to Zimbabwe

"How can a company mine diamonds from 2010 to 2015 and fail to produce audited financial statements, a basic integrity requirement?"

Angola's president said there was no starvation in the country in interview, sparking indignation

"Today there is a supply of food in Angola, one cannot say that today there is [serious] hunger in Angola, it is a question of some malnutrition," remarked Angola's president.

The story—and uncertain future—of a Barcelona occupation that is both shelter and cultural center

"Building habits and making homeless people feel like the project is theirs. Institutions treat [them] like we're incapable of doing anything."

Slovenian officials rebuff Hungary, refuse to censor cartoon satire ridiculing Viktor Orbán

Slovenian officials pledged to "never interfere in any of the media’s editorial policy."

Iran faces backlash from its Azeri citizens over Armenia and the Karabakh question

Far more Azeris live in Iran than in Azerbaijan. When Armenia's PM visited Tehran earlier this year, they made their voices heard.

10 April 2019

Censored on WeChat: How a fatal bus accident in Chongqing symbolized China's ‘left turn’

Advox

Many people saw the bus accident, the result of a fight onboard, as an allegory of China's political turn in recent years.

Will Albania's political crisis delay negotiations for accession to the European Union?

A wave of protests has gripped Albania only months before the European Council is due to announce whether or not it'll open accession talks. 

Philippine military and police execute 14 labor advocates and farmers in crackdown

More than 200 peasant leaders have been killed since Duterte came to power in 2016.

Censored on WeChat: Revelations of toxic ingredients in Hongmao medicinal liquor

Advox

Tan Qindong was arrested after revealing the presence of toxic herbs in a popular medicinal liquor. Posts about his ordeal were censored on WeChat.

9 April 2019

Colombian activists deliver letter about killings of social leaders to the ICC

Over 163 community leaders and activists have been murdered over the past three years in Colombia.

All you need to know about India's 2019 general elections

After a campaign season complete with hashtag battles between candidates, Indians are gearing up to take to the polls for the 2019 general elections.

These women ride across Bangladesh on motorcycles to spread the word about empowerment

Sakia Haque and her friends wanted to talk to Bangladeshi girls about women's empowerment and educate them about reproductive health, so what did they do? They hopped on motorbikes!

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