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February, 2019

Stories from February, 2019

28 February 2019

This Trinidad and Tobago steelband changed its tune, prompting discussion on a steelpan policy

"I don’t think people really understand what happens in a panyard. Problems like the one with Exodus will resurface if we keep looking at pan as pure entertainment."

Egyptian parliament endorses constitutional amendments that could allow Sisi to rule until 2034

"Proposed amendments to Egypt’s constitution, including granting the armed forces authority to intervene in government, would undermine judicial independence and expand executive powers that are already being abused."

The repatriation of African artifacts to countries of origin is tricky business

Many of Africa's "stolen artifacts from colonial times were generally given or donated to French public collections. Thus, these artworks ... have become a property of the French state."

27 February 2019

Sexual violence in the family. A taboo topic in Armenia

Cultural taboos and victim-shaming means women subjected to sexual violence at home often do not come forward.

Protests in Haiti may have halted, but its fragile institutions still struggle

The government announced new measures to relieve the suffering of Haitian citizens, but are they enough to solve the current crisis and stem further unrest?

A steep price hike for passport applications pushed Angolans to protest

The fee increased from 8 to 97 US dollars.

Mexican women protest for their lives as kidnappings and femicides surge

More than 150 people, most of them women, have been kidnapped from Mexico City's subway system over the past four years.

Australian court's historic rejection of coal mine highlights the impact of climate change

"NSW Land and Environment Court decision in #Australia on coal and #climatechange is sending shockwaves around the world."

What diapers taught me about Europe

The Bridge

"With unrestricted access to information, my critical consciousness was awakened, and I began to reconsider binaries like “developed” and “backward” and re-analyze politics both in Turkmenistan and West."

26 February 2019

Life, death, and puppets: the stop-motion animation of Tomoyasu Murata

Murata, born in 1974, has produced films since at least 1998 and has recently gained attention outside of Japan.

Russian cathedral choir's performance of a song about US nuclear annihilation shows that parody doesn't quite work in 2019

RuNet Echo

As Russian state TV regularly airs segments simulating total or partial nuclear destruction of the United States, this was bound to raise a few eyebrows.

A ‘digital nomad’ from the UK advocates for solar power in all island nations

"The Caribbean is no different from other parts of the world. Most people do not think about where their electricity is being generated. The big difference is its phenomenal cost."

Will Felix Tshisekedi bring an end to turmoil in Democratic Republic of Congo?

President Felix Tshisekedi said that the court's confirmation of his win was a victory for the entire country and promised to build a nation of unity, peace and security.

After an unarmed teen is killed at a supermarket, netizens share stories of growing up black in Brazil

"The first time I was stopped and frisked I was 11 years old. I was on my way to the mall, with my brother, we were going to the cinema."

25 February 2019

Is your favorite movie promoting toxic masculinity? Mango Meter can tell you

"We have every right to enjoy entertainment that does not demean us, and we certainly have a right to voice our views and opinions."

Albania's democracy hangs by a thread as opposition quits parliament, launches mass protests

The EU and other Western powers criticized the lawmakers' decision. NATO-member Albania aims to begin full EU-membership negotiations in 2019.

How Saudi leaders are using religion to consolidate power and silence critical voices

Advox

''Oppression is a comprehensive system, and [in our country] it is enabled by religion.'' 

Journalists, teachers, and activists targeted in attacks on free speech in the Philippines

Advox

"These are attempts by those in power to drown out the voice of the marginalized...displaying Duterte’s fear of committed journalism that seeks to inform, educate and guide the public."

Global Voices becomes primary source for global translation competition in Czech Republic

"Global Voices. . . provides articles on interesting and fresh topics that come in several language versions, translated by native speakers, and using contemporary language and an accessible style."

23 February 2019

‘Space is about dreaming’ — an interview with International Space University president

"We hope that space will not become a space of confrontation (...) Space makes children dream and all of humanity as well."

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