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July, 2019

Stories from July, 2019

24 July 2019

Poorly regulated and rich in reach: online technologies in Ukraine’s elections

Ukraine’s political life is increasingly lived online. But with political ads and data security poorly regulated, networked politics is open to manipulation.

Online photo collection gives inside glimpse of Occupation-era Japan—and saga of Japanese-American internment

The Theodore Akimoto Family Collection features more than 250 photographs of postwar Japan.

Trinidad & Tobago's history of government relations with gang leaders exposed

A local newspaper exposé shows how government contracts have contributed to the flourishing of gang culture in Trinidad and Tobago.

23 July 2019

Is Mandarin Chinese the language of East Africa’s future?

As China strengthens its already robust trade and infrastructural ties with Africa, Chinese-government funded Confucius Institutes to teach Chinese Mandarin are on the rise.

Life in Panghsang, a Chinese enclave in Myanmar's Wa region

Despite its location on the Myanmar side of the border, on a stroll around the town, you may believe you’re in China.

Acute water shortage hits Chennai in India

The lives of 9 million people are affected in southern India, as Chennai, one of the six fastest-growing cities in the world, faces the worst water crisis in its history.

22 July 2019

How US arms supplies to Saudi Arabia threatens Sudan's hard-won peace

The Bridge

The Saudis supply Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces with money and arms. When the US does arms deals with Saudi Arabia they’re essentially supporting RSF.

It's not just President Jair Bolsonaro who defends child labor—wealthy Brazilians think it's fine too

"If you think the struggle against child labor is meant to stop you from selling chocolate at school to pay for your tennis lessons, you didn’t understand anything."

Armed mobs attack anti-extradition protesters in a suburban Hong Kong subway station

"At least 45 people were hospitalized and one was left in critical condition as a result of the mob attack."

21 July 2019

Walk the streets of Japan on YouTube with Rambalac

"I started filming my walks just for fun and additional reason to go outside."

Hong Kong anti-extradition protests evolve into district-level demonstrations

With no end in sight, Hong Kong's anti-extradition protests have evolved into a series of demonstrations in local districts.

Philippine vice president and other Duterte critics charged with sedition

"The charges are meant to silence and persecute human rights lawyers, opposition leaders, and the church, and to send a message to anyone who dares to criticize this administration."

20 July 2019

Vietnamese-American musician's song in support of Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters goes viral

"As a Hong Konger, I am touched....Thank you for giving us strength to carry on."

Fake news about “human sacrifices” for the Padma Bridge leads to violence in Bangladesh

Eight people have been detained across Bangladesh for spreading ‘Human heads and blood will be sacrificed for Padma Bridge pillars’ rumors on Facebook.

19 July 2019

What do Zimbabwe’s internet disruptions say about the state of digital rights in the country?

Advox

Government officials have repeatedly described access to social media as a potential threat, hinting that more disruptions would not be ruled out in the future. 

Netizen Report: In Nigeria and Russia, laws against online ‘insult’ put internet activists on thin ice

Advox

Activists in Nigeria and Russia face charges for "online insult", a Twitter campaign targets "anti-Pakistan" journalists abnd Mauritania’s internet is back on, for now.

Former news anchor threatened for speaking out on crime in Trinidad and Tobago

Tired of the spiralling crime in her community, former national news anchor Coleen Holder continues to speak out, despite death threats against her.

18 July 2019

The organization and future of the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests

Professor Francis Li shared insights into protesters' organization strategies and discussed the future of the movement during a public salon at the Hong Kong cafe Brew Note.

Outrage in Moscow after opposition candidates barred from local election

RuNet Echo

State-appointed “handwriting experts” stepped in and discovered palpably absurd reasons to invalidate hundreds of signatures collected in support of independent candidates.

Brazil's top court criminalizes homophobia and transphobia

"We believe that punitivism should not be the way for regulation, but since we live in a society tha only reorganizes itself with laws, it is an important decision."