Stories from May, 2018
Government critics argue that Kazakhstan has never had a frank debate about the legacy or lessons of its totalitarian past.
"The Last Gaze of the Free Man!"
During the week of May 21-27, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 206 countries. Number 19 on the list? Lebanon. And number 198? Faroe Islands.
"People love Late King Birendra. People love beer, too! So how and why does naming a beer “Birendra” offend people and hurt their sentiments?"
"If something should be clear, it is that the youth won't ever be the same. We won't see the places where the massacre occurred in the same way."
"The concept of 'normal' or 'natural' is as relative as humanity itself."
"Why are Africans from north of the Sahara sometimes not considered definitively 'African'?"
"When the actors and actresses have spent some time working you realise that they have an interior defiance which makes them face things head on."
"It has become quite obvious that the government of Fiji has continued to charge people with sedition to suppress freedom of speech and also political dissent."
The protests demanding justice in the death of 21-year-old David Dragičević have spread throughout Bosnia and its diaspora.
Human rights advocates say security forces are extrajudicially killing those suspected of drug crimes.
"My Constitution...ensures my right to protest. It ensures my right to life,livelihood,safe and healthy environment. #Thoothukkudi exposes the barbaric assault on these rights."
Although most citizens of the Republic of Macedonia consider the naming dispute with Greece a serious matter, some have dealt with it through humor and satire.
Russian anti-corruption activists are jailed for ‘inciting riots’ based on their tweets and retweets
"...here goes another 'organizing a rally by retweet.' Looks like this time they’re just locking up everyone."
Sabika Sheikh, the Pakistani student slain in US school shooting, had wanted to bridge the two countries
"...she said...'I want to learn the American culture and I want America to learn the Pakistan culture and I want us to come together and unite,'" her host mother recalled.
While the time living together surely dawns a sense of peace among the two peoples, complete harmony is still not present in certain aspects of life.
"This is the last clean place where we can take our kids to swim"
The Mexican chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation warned that the approved changes "criminalize the act of publishing" and "legalize acts of violating the fundamental and constitutional rights..."
Sairoun’s win demonstrates that Iraqis don't have to vote strictly on ethno-sectarian lines and future politicians will need to do more to impress voters.
"These are the principles that have now evolved after much pain and argument in most modern democracies and Malaysia would do well to join them."
Impunity for abuses committed by security forces and police unions "is almost becoming a norm," according to the syndicate of Tunisian journalists.