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January, 2018

Stories from January, 2018

Offering ‘Beer, Meat and Oppression,’ A Carnival Group Wants To Celebrate Brazil's Military Dictatorship

The Public Ministry of São Paulo will investigate the organizers of the event which, according to the prosecutors, insults the rights to truth and memory and promotes apology for the...

Would Amnesty for Drug Kingpins Achieve Peace in Mexico? Depends Who You Ask

A presidential candidate proposes amnesty as a solution to Mexico's internal conflict. Such a proposition is not novel in the region -- nor is the controversy it sparks.

#JusticeForAsifa: A Young Girl's Murder Shocks Jammu And Kashmir Residents — But Not the National Media

Nationally, reactions to the incident have been sporadic, with many Indians refraining from commenting or staging protests against the heinous crime.

Ugandans Grow Anxious Over Incidents of Deadly Viral Fever

The death of nine-year-old Bridget Nalunkuuma in the central Ugandan town of Nakaseke has rattled residents who fear the girl may have suffered from Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. Eight other  people have...

Protests Underscore the Potential Power of Iran's Access to Information Law

This is an opportune time to fully enforce efforts towards transparency after Iran's December-January protests. The first step must be a full implementation of Iran’s Access to Information law.

Chaos in the Capital: Photos of Record Snowfall in Tokyo

Heavy snow shuts down Tokyo and provides a chance to snap stunning pictures.

What is More Convincing for World Cup 2018 Fans? Russia's Edgy New Tourism Logo or Their Governments’ Dire Warnings?

With the World Cup fast approaching, will Russia live up to its new “The Whole World Within Russia” tourism brand campaign?

Jurassic Post: Afghan Minister's Gaffe Raises Meritocracy Concerns

“I regret that the National Unity Government talks about good governance while appointing a minister who lacks primary literacy.”

In Indonesian Papua, Dozens of Children Have Died From Measles and Chickenpox While Awaiting Medical Care

"Does anyone want to go there and get real data about their condition? And why do we only now say this is a problem?"

Shifts in Bangladeshi Wedding Culture Bring a Change to the Menu

Although the dishes served at Bangladeshi weddings have started to change, one thing always remains the same -- they are delicious. 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is Pregnant and Internet Users Can't Stop Talking About It

The buzz around the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's pregnancy is just the beginning of months of the inevitable media circus.

Changing Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's Culture Starts With Consent

"Flirting is not a crime. Forcing your attention on someone is." Trinidad and Tobago Carnival may be experiencing "a progressive cultural shift”.

‘Crimes of Solidarity’ Once Again Lead to Outcry in France

While the controversial new bill on immigration is under review by the parliament, harassment of migrants and those who dare to help them is in full throttle in France.

In Argentina, the Search for the Lost Grandchildren of the Dictatorship Continues

The recovery of granddaughter 127 is seen as the fruit of long efforts and it is a renewal of hope for the reunification of families torn apart by the dictatorship.

A Mother's Battle Against Agrochemicals, Church and State in Paraguay

Petrona Villasboa's battle against Monsanto after one of her sons was poisoned to death sets a historical precedent.

Filipino Bloggers Rally to Defend Rappler News Site

"We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views."

Does a New Japanese Robotic Wheelchair Offer “Answers to Problems Disabled People Don't Have”?

"Instead of developing new technologies that might prove unsuitable, why not at the very least also train more professional carers?"

Barbados’ Sewage ‘Crisis’ Causes a Flood of Problems

"The South Coast of Barbados [is] known as the place to wine, dine and party. Regrettably, the South Coast has been making news because of sewage overflowing onto public spaces..."

Ocean Mapping Expedition Tracing Magellan’s Voyage Reaches the Philippines

A sailing ship following Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage around the globe is also an ocean mapping expedition that explores humanity’s impact on the oceans and the environment.

Macedonia Has Its Own #MeToo Movement — #ISpeakUpNow — and It Is Gaining Momentum

Despite the backlash from trolls, the #ISpeakUpNow movement has mostly drawn support and applause for the survivors of sexual abuse who refuse to stay silent any longer.

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