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April, 2019

Stories from April, 2019

Guinea’s President Alpha Condé tells supporters to be ready to fight

Alpha Condé, the Guinean president, told his supporters to be ready for serious confrontations with those who may oppose him seeking a third term.

In the mountains of northern Azerbaijan, football has become a goal for girls

Impoverished Shaki is a conservative place, but the town's talented girls' football team is emerging as a national powerhouse.

Will the Haitian president's third pick for prime minister solve the nation's security issues?

Haiti's security situation is currently quite volatile, sparking hope that the proposed new prime minister will be able to work with President Moise and deal with pressing socio-economic issues.

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

‘I keep silent and put up with it’: Surviving domestic violence in Armenia

"He would throw me against the walls like a ball."

A Global Voices story helps translation competition winners express their passion for the Czech language

An international competition of translation into Czech using a GV story presents awards to global winners.

How alternative health magazines advance Russia's soft power in the Balkans

Mundane health advice such as doing exercise and eating vegetables becomes "Russian advice" in magazines such as Russian Doctor, Russian Herbalist, Russian Encyclopedia of Health.

Pope Francis will visit North Macedonia in May, shortly after presidential elections

It is the first time a pope visits North Macedonia.

Sex abuse and harassment cases prompt protests at Turkey's university campuses

"He forced himself on me...He hit my head three or four times on the floor. I passed out. When I opened my eyes, it was 1.30 AM."

After a year of protests Nicaraguans don't want just Ortega's departure — they want a new beginning

"[We need to] eradicate authoritarianism, sexism, personal autocracy and other ills that have penetrated the political culture of the country"

Indian voters undeterred by missing names from electoral lists and violent clashes

Barring a few incidents, the voting on the first day of the election went on peacefully and voter turnout was high. The next phase of election starts on April 18.

China's Censored Histories: Commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

The crackdown on internet freedom in early June has become an iconic source of panic for the Communist Party of China.

New online database catalogues nearly 40,000 photos from Japanese wartime occupation of China

A new online database of nearly 40,000 historical images offers a glimpse of life under the wartime occupation of northeast China by Japan.

Material Culture art exhibition communicates deep personal experiences to transcend cultural borders

The exhibition features the work of five Iran-born artists who use “nonrepresentational forms” and a range of materials to create a visual language that communicates deep personal experiences and transcends...

Russian state media scolds independent outlets for ‘neutral’ word choice in counter-terror operation reports

RT’s Russian-language website attacked other media outlets for using the word “killed” instead of “liquidated” or “neutralized.”

‘The army didn't kill anyone,’ says Bolsonaro after soldiers fire 80 times at family car in Brazil, killing one

"The army is of the people, and you can't accuse the people of murder," said Brazil's president six days after the incident that has shocked the country.

Jailed UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor continues hunger strike

Mansoor is serving ten years in jail after a court convicted him of publishing false information and rumours on social media.

‘I invented the term Afroczech': An interview with Czech-Nigerian author Obonete Ubam

Obonete Ubam is a Czech-Nigerian author who describes how he came to embrace his African heritage in a newly published book that became a media sensation in the Czech Republic.

The scent of revolution: The story behind Sudan's legendary perfume label remix

Artist Amado Alfadni transforms Sudan's iconic Bint El Sudan perfume label into a revolutionary message.

“Our languages are not dying, they are being killed”

“Your language is worthless,” they were told repeatedly. “To be a Mexican citizen, you must speak the national language, Spanish. Stop speaking your language.”

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