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16 January 2019

Introducing DigiGlot, a newsletter about languages and tech

Rising Voices

This is the first publication of DigiGlot,a biweekly collaborative newsletter examining how indigenous, minority, and endangered language communities are adopting and adapting technology for their own needs.

31 December 2018

Why Chinese netizens believe a commodity index can predict global affairs

According to the myth, the Yiwu commodity index predicted the outcome of the US 2016 presidential election and is set to do the same for Europe's "yellow vest" protests.

The Yellow Vest movement in France: What's at stake?

"Every time I read about the 'Yellow Vests' in the media, I feel like there is a lack of information, sources and perspectives on this complex topic."

20 December 2018

In Cardinal George Pell's sexual abuse trial, Australian court fails to suppress the ‘nation's worst kept secret’

Advox

"The alleged suppression order on #georgepell is allowing fake news and hearsay and speculation take the place of reputable news sources."

6 December 2018

France seeks three high-ranking Syrian officials in the deaths of French-Syrian nationals

The three officials are wanted in connection with the detention and subsequent disappearance of two French-Syrian nationals, Mazen Dabbagh and his son Patrick.

28 November 2018

British national urges UK to ban Chinese state TV over role in forced confession

The complaint was filed mere weeks before's CCTV's opening of its European hub in Chiswick Park in London.

26 November 2018

On contemporary art in the Balkans: An interview with Jon Blackwood

"When so many citizens have to focus so much of their effort on just survival, it’s little surprise that people have lost the habit of going to art galleries..."

16 November 2018

How do non-native residents of the Netherlands view Zwarte Piet, St. Nicholas’ blackface servant?

The Bridge

“I understand Dutch affection for Zwarte Piet is born out of a warm, and well-meaning Christmas tradition. But I cannot excuse it.”

14 November 2018

Meet the people saving a 12,000 year-old forest from being turned into a coal mine

The Hambach Forest has existed since the ice age. Since 2012 activists have been occupying what's left of the forest, determined to save it and end coal mining in Germany.

1 November 2018

Sarajevo awards honorary citizenship to UK heavy metal star Bruce Dickinson

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickenson is granted honorary citizenship for the moral support he gave the people of Sarajevo during a 1994 visit to the besieged city.

28 October 2018

‘Voice for the Ocean’ gives European citizens a say on the future of ocean conservation

"It is necessary to connect European citizens and ocean lovers to the political sphere in order to discuss, make progress, and protect the ocean together."

26 October 2018

All art is political: A conversation with Patricia Kaersenhout

The Bridge

"We all have ways in which we are a victim and a perpetrator."

8 October 2018

Portuguese PM drew criticism over clothing choice during visit to Angola

António Costa's official visit to Angola following months of diplomatic tensions between the two governments has caused a stir over his clothing choice.

22 September 2018

Beijing authorities slam Swedish police for humiliating Chinese tourists, but there's another side to the story

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wanted to make use of the incident to stir patriotic sentiment to exercise pressure on Swedish government. But netizens know ... what’s right and wrong."

20 September 2018

While some Brazilians tried to school Germans on Nazism, others apologized in shame

Were the Nazis socialists? A video posted by a German Consulate in Brazil has reignited discussion among Brazilians of this historical misconception.

17 September 2018

‘Crimes of solidarity’ in Europe multiply as 11 stand trial in Belgium for helping migrants

Activists in Belgium claim the trial is aimed at dissuading people from helping migrants by establishing an intimidating judicial precedent.

12 September 2018

Under Austria's right-wing government, ‘ethical’ principles for journalists could hijack media rights

Advox

If the current draft is adopted as it stands, it will provide for an extra layer of strict control that aims to silence the critique and dissent.

27 August 2018

Nicaragua's diaspora activists bear a ‘double burden’

The political and emotional challenges of diaspora activism are complex: "Receiving news firsthand also means feeling it firsthand."

25 August 2018

Will France’s new street harassment law really benefit women?

"We refuse to let feminism be used to reinforce the French government’s tendencies toward racism and over-policing."

12 August 2018

His world was what it was: the enigma of V.S. Naipaul

The Bridge

"There are books of Naipaul’s I hope never to read again, and books of his without which I can’t understand the world I was born into."

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