Stories about Weblog from April, 2022
Russian émigrés face chilly reception in Georgia
In Georgia, one of the popular destinations for feeling Russians, the influx of the country's new residents has been met with less enthusiasm.
Podcast: Analysing how the Russian people respond to the war on social networks
This week we dive into research from the Civic Media Observatory around Russian sentiment about the war in Ukraine.
Technology: a problem or a solution in Myanmar’s revolution?
Myanmar has faced surveillance and censorship in its digital spaces since it opened the internet to the public in the early 2000s.
In Azerbaijan, domestic violence activists are becoming the targets
Women's rights activists fear incidents like this, where people involved in assisting a victim of domestic abuse have their personal information disclosed, may become a common practice.
Sarajevo Stands with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people
Bosnians expressed empathy for the suffering people of Ukraine, based on their still fresh memories of their own suffering during the 1990s war, including the 3-year long siege of Sarajevo.
Tensions resurface in Kosovo after government imposes sanctions on Russia
During the two weeks after the latest escalation of the war in Ukraine, there were numerous attempts to misinform the public and create situations that would jeopardize public safety in Kosovo.
Awards fiasco exposes flaws in Trinidad & Tobago's secondary school entrance exam
The bungling of the score tallying process in Trinidad and Tobago's Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination raises questions of fairness and relevance.
‘Clean monuments’ campaign in Azerbaijan leads to criticisms
The Ministry of Culture said the goal of the project is to revive the monuments, busts, and bas-reliefs of great Azerbaijani.
Unverified claims that a popular herbal medication prevents COVID-19 triggers online backlash in China
While Shanghai residents are struggling with food shortages, they have an abundant supply of “Lianhua Qingwen”.
The war in Ukraine and its reverberations in Kosovo
The war in Ukraine has rekindled the diplomatic battles and mutual Kosovo-Serbia accusations.
What it’s like to encounter the Frisian language in nearly every space in daily life, even online, in Fryslân in the Netherlands
" you will encounter Frisian and use it everywhere in the province: at the baker’s, at the supermarket, at the library, at the doctor’s office, at school.."
Egypt's jailed blogger Alaa Abdelfatah brings up second nationality for the first time as patience runs dry
Having spent nearly 3000 days behind bars since the 2011 uprising, Alaa had completed a five-year sentence in 2019, and was arrested later that year following anti-government protests.
Are ongoing peaceful, creative and spontaneous protests Sri Lanka's ‘Arab Spring moment'?
Peaceful and spontaneous protests have intensified across Sri Lanka over the past few weeks since March 31, 2022. The highlight of these protests is the protest at Colombo’s Galle Front.
Philippine independent bookshops become targets of red-tagging
The red-tagging of Popular Bookstore and Solidaridad is the latest in a long history of state repression of dissent and critical thinking in the Philippines.
Sorcery accusation-related violence continues to plague Papua New Guinea
"In no anthropological writings have I seen reference to anything barbaric as this. This is not part of the ancestry of PNG as we are far more a caring society."
Ukrainians use VKontakte marketplaces to inform Russians about the war
“Do you have a receipt for this jacket, Anya?” Ukrainian VK users are searching for items stolen from Bucha in Rubtsovsk online groups.
Tropical storm Megi causes deadly landslides and floods on Leyte Island in the Philippines
Aside from the landslide in Leyte, the tropical storm also caused floods in other parts of the Visayas Islands in the central Philippines.
Indonesia is caught between Russia and the West ahead of the November G20 conference
This year’s G20 is being chaired by Indonesian President Joko Widodo who is facing pressure to ban Russian representatives because of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Hong Kong remains isolated despite lifting region-based air travel ban
Despite the Hong Kong government's attempt to loosen the air travel ban on April 1, airlines continue to avoid flying to and through the city.
Name calling, nukes, and Interpol: The latest on Azerbaijan-Russia tensions
Three days after Delyagin's remarks on Russia's television channel, the prosecutor's office in Baku filed a criminal lawsuit against him and asked Interpol to issue a search warrant.
Citizens push back on Palau’s plan to open marine sanctuary to commercial fishing and exploration
"...We believe there is a multitude of unexplored alternatives resulting in sustainable revenues that return social and environmental gains."