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16 September 2019

Street-side vendors of Zanzibar’s iconic ‘kanga’ textiles forced to close up shop after 30 years

Kanga sellers in Stone Town, Zanzibar, were told their street-side stalls are "unauthorized informal businesses" that clutter passageways, impinge on Stone Town's original charm and reduces its value.

Internet shutdowns and the right to access in Sudan: A post-revolution perspective

Advox

In response to a five-week long shutdown, a court ordered telecommunications companies to apologise to customers.

15 September 2019

Filipino community radio stations struggle to survive amid attacks and difficulties

Rising Voices

"If the marginalized are underserved by the mass media establishment, they must be allowed to be their own voice."

14 September 2019

Muharram in Pakistan: Daring to observe Ashura

Sectarian violence against Shia Muslims and Shia Hazara communities are common in Pakistan. Yet people came out in their numbers once again this year for Muharram, amidst tight security.

13 September 2019

Netizen Report: Malicious attack takes Wikipedia offline

Advox

This week, Wikipedia went dark, Raul Castro got kicked off Twitter and the internet finally came back to Papua.

Locked down in Kashmir: A traveler's view

The Bridge

It's been more than a month since the Indian government placed the state of Kashmir on lockdown. A Bangladeshi traveller shares her experience of visiting the region during that period.

Cameroonian football star Samuel Eto'o rises to global fame and retires by 38

As the youngest player in the 1998 World Cup in France, Eto’o had sterling performances in Cameroon, before switching to Real Madrid as a youth player, at the age of...

12 September 2019

A beloved Trinidadian vendor regains his rightful place selling nuts at cricket matches

A sponsorship deal that granted a snacks company exclusive product rights at a regional cricket tournament results in cricket fans getting passionate — about their nuts vendors.

‘Glory to Hong Kong': The anthem of a protest movement

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers are participating in flash mob performances of the new protest song “Glory to Hong Kong” in the streets and in shopping malls across the city.

10 September 2019

Death of a kangaroo at Trinidad zoo reignites loud fireworks debate

"We make a public call for a complete ban on fireworks in Trinidad and Tobago. Our animals and the families they are part of cannot continue in this way."

9 September 2019

Burundian refugees living in Tanzania face forced repatriation

An agreement could see Burundian refugees soon forced to return from Tanzania, despite dangers ahead of Burundi's 2020 elections.

Sedition charge against union leader sparks debate about freedom of speech in Trinidad and Tobago

The legislation is being called into question following the arrest of a prominent trade union leader, over fears it infringes on freedom of speech rights.

Singapore prime minister sues independent news website for defamation

Advox

The prime minister is suing The Online Citizen over an article that tackled the leader’s public feud with his siblings.

7 September 2019

Overnight music hit turns rappers into social justice heroes in Turkey

With over 10 million views and still trending, the song 'cannot stay silent' is making a deafening noise in Turkey and liberating the minds.

Community-based approaches to bridging the mental health care gap in India

As mental health awareness grows and the need for addressing the existing gap becomes more imminent, many more community-based initiatives are required to relieve the mental health crisis in India.

6 September 2019

Netizen Report: Two years after fleeing military attacks in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees face mobile blackout in Bangladesh

Advox

Refugees lose mobile access in Bangladesh, a Hong Kong web forum weathers a DDoS attack, and Turkey expands internet regulations.

Bangladeshi brides will no longer be questioned about their virginity for marriage certificates

The verdict came after a five-year-long legal battle and has been hailed a landmark victory for the equal rights campaigners.

5 September 2019

Millions in India's north-eastern Assam state at risk of losing citizenship

Approximately 1.9 million people are in the risk of becoming stateless in the northeastern Indian state of Assam after they were excluded from the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC).

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