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November, 2018

Stories from November, 2018

30 November 2018

Former Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos accused of corruption by his successor

João Lourenço said in a interview with a Portuguese newspaper that he found the state's coffers empty when he took office in 2017.

Syrian prisoners of conscience announce a hunger strike in Hama Central Prison, leaked footage reveals

"I had no political or partisan background. I just had a dream of a different Syria, so I joined my fellow Syrians who took to the streets in peaceful protests."

Bushfires and floods have Australians asking: ‘What climate change?’

"While Queensland is burning, the east coast is parched & Sydney is drowning, most pollies [politicians] have their heads in the sand. Not good enough."

29 November 2018

Meet the women's rights activists behind bars in Saudi Arabia

Advox

On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, human rights organisations continue to call for the release of jailed Saudi women activists.

Activists in Lebanon are taking on the country's stray bullet problem

Farha Taysheh is one campaign among many that attempt to fight the inevitable violence resulting from the possession of guns — whether intentional or not.

28 November 2018

Why Cuba has decided to pull 8,000 doctors out of Brazil

Havana announced it will end its agreement with Brazil as a response to president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's public comments about the program, which it deemed "threatening and depreciative".

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.

27 November 2018

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How will Google plug into China’s all-encompassing internet censorship regime?

Advox

How far is Google willing to go to get the Chinese government's blessing?

26 November 2018

Indonesian school teacher faces jail time for documenting sexual harassment

Advox

Public outrage forced the Attorney General's Office to suspend the jailing of the female teacher, who was sexually harassed by her boss.

War knows no gender: Georgia’s female soldiers

"Right then the sky went orange. A wave shook me and I saw soldiers flying through the air."

Crossing the Syrian-Turkish border: risks by the hour

The Bridge

"They sprinted over the 50-meter stretch between the asphalt road and the mountain... 30 minutes later, the guide stopped and told them that they had just crossed the danger zone."

Despite threats of arrest, rap song criticizing military rule goes viral in Thailand

As a response to the 40-million-view music video, the Thai government launched its own rap song celebrating innovation and progress (it flopped).

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..."

25 November 2018

After a bloody attack on an opposition leader, critics of the Serbian regime express fears of a descent into fascism

"We will fight to ensure that Serbia doesn't remain a country of bloody shirts, and a country where the blood of those who think differently from the regime is spilled."

Students rally for academic freedom on the eve of the final call for Central European University to stay in Hungary

Students of threatened academic institutions occupied the square in front of the Parliament to defend academic freedom in Hungary.

24 November 2018

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan sets the ‘war on terror’ record straight on Twitter

The "record needs to be put straight on Mr. Trump's tirade against Pakistan," said Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan in a Twitter spat with the U.S. president.

#QanoonSabKayLiye: A social media campaign promoting legal awareness in Pakistan

#QanoonSabKayLiye campaign is a series of Facebook and Twitter posts that explain the rights and obligations of the citizens under the Constitution of Pakistan.

Made-in-China fake news overwhelms Taiwan

Advox

Last year, Taiwan’s National Security Bureau revealed that a significant volume of disinformation that had circulated on Taiwan social media networks came from “content farms” with China's Communist Party.

23 November 2018

Egypt hosts the first UN Biodiversity Convention held in the Middle East

it is now evident that most of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets — to address some of the biggest environmental challenges and due in 2020 — will not be achieved.

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