Stories from January, 2019
As Venezuelans continue to face internet censorship, Turkmenistan is blocking Google Play, Lebanon is blocking Grindr and Brazil is chipping away at is FOI law.
A theatre boss looked to a cybersport tournament to generate much-needed revenue and got sacked for his troubles.
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Mobile phone surveillance and physical spying were top concerns for foreign correspondents in China in 2018.
Spiny Babbler, found only in Nepal, has fascinated ornithologists and birders all-over the world. It is threatened by the clearance of scrub for agriculture and the expansion of urban areas.
Mining disaster in Brazil shows that Bolsonaro's pledge to loosen up sector regulation is totally insane
On his inauguration, Bolsonaro criticized the mining regulators and vowed to loosen up the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
How did a magazine that enjoyed a cult status all over Yugoslavia seems to have betrayed its progressive values.
"It's not the fuel price increases, it's not the looming hunger. The most scary thing is that these guys in government are convinced that they are doing a good job."
Displaced farmers’ coalition reclaims their road to sustainable livelihoods 9 years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake
"We had nothing to fall back on, nothing to sell at the market. [...] What we suffered through the most was the loss of our dignity."
"Every year we are told that a house will be provided for us next year."
The police stated that at least two telecom employees used their offices to access information and tap calls which compromised national security. A third was accused of supporting the opposition.
"The question of political succession is a question of sovereignty. And sovereignty belongs to the people. It is not part of an ambassador's role to dictate Guinea's fate."
Olusegun Obasanjo, former military head of state and later Nigeria’s democratically elected president, has consistently criticized successive governments in Nigeria.
"Propaganda may help you win elections but [it] can’t help you govern," said former Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck about recent campaign tactics.
Internet access is being blocked intermittently and radio stations are being censored as Venezuela's political crisis intensifies.
Experts have pointed to the colossal costs associated with building the infrastructure required, and lamented that this would only lead to further monopolization of the Russian internet provider market.
'Companies say they don't have profit, govt says it doesn't have money, ministers make so many promises[...] workers want only Rs. 1000 daily basic wage for the work they do'.
"If the regional powers break Venezuela, guess who picks up the pieces? Neighbouring countries, that's who."
Amid the cacophony of Nigeria's electoral campaigns — both online and offline — here are the key issues that may get lost in the noise in this year's elections.
"In 2014, having the security services pull the plug on the Maduro regime was a fantasy. In 2017, it was a hope. In 2019, it’s the plan"