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· January, 2021

Stories about Weblog from January, 2021

Cyclone Chalane hit Mozambique, leaving much less damage than previous storms

The storm lost intensity before it hit the country. With memories still fresh of Cyclone IDAI, which left 600 dead in March 2019, Mozambicans feared the worst.

Christmas, a time to campaign to free political prisoners in Nicaragua

For a third year in a row, Nicaraguans have pushed to release political prisoners, now estimated at about 100 people.

Pakistan's Supreme Court orders reconstruction of Hindu temple razed by a mob incited by Muslim clerics

A cleric of the religious right-wing political party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) was arrested in connection with the incident.

Lax regulations behind surge in Hong Kong's ‘nano flats,’ land use group says

"You can fry a fish while sitting on the bed."

‘This is the USA?’ The Caribbean reacts to the Capitol protests

As thousands of Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol on January 6, Caribbean netizens couldn't help but notice the term 'shithole country' had now been turned on its head.

The awakening of the ‘bicentennial generation’ in Peru

'Do not be alarmed if there is talk of a new Constitution. There is a much-needed debate to be had.'

Why I might not go back to El Salvador

'Nearly 20,000 Salvadorans were killed from 2014 to 2017. That’s more violent deaths than in several countries that were at war during those years, such as Libya, Somalia and Ukraine.'

COVID-19 and shrinking freedom limits in Jordan

In Jordan, recent detentions of journalists and activists in 2020 bear the hallmarks of a police state.

Singapore livestreams Parliament session for the first time but prohibits use for ‘satire, ridicule, or denigration’

"Reminder that this development was made possible because activists, opposition politicians, and the great mass of dissenting Singaporeans had pressured the government to do so."

The favorite dishes of Nepali chef Santosh Shah

The London-based chef became a celebrity after finishing in second place at the BBC's MasterChef: The Professionals.

Interview: Ex-Hong Kong lawmaker says education has become a scapegoat for the protests

Ip Kin-yuen, who is the vice-president of the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union, told HKFP that while the situation is very grim, he is still hopeful that 2021 could bring...

Anti-rights Wiki: An investigation into the conservative lobby in Latin America

Investigative project by four digital media platforms from Ecuador and Guatemala collects data on “pro-life” groups.

2020: The year of feminist struggles and political resistance in Latin America

The year 2020 was marked by the role of feminist and social movements in helping bring about immense political changes in Latin America and the Caribbean despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hong Kong pro-establishment camp uneasy about leadership takeover by newcomers

The new Bauhinia Party was established by a group of businessmen with mainland Chinese backgrounds.

Despite attacks and threats, a Brazilian priest distributes aid to São Paulo's growing homeless population

A symbol of the struggle for rights for vulnerable people, Father Júlio Lancellotti's been sued by President Bolsonaro and has suffered attacks from a conservative candidate in São Paulo.

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