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August, 2019

Stories from August, 2019

31 August 2019

Hurricane Dorian ambles through the Caribbean, but The Bahamas may still feel its wrath

Hurricane Dorian may well not yet have shown what it is capable of.

Rendition of Trinidad & Tobago's national anthem strikes wrong note with the country's president

The performance of the anthem may have been different, but was it inappropriate, or as the president suggested, disrespectful?

30 August 2019

Mass tree-planting in Ethiopia broke world records, but its impact will take time

Mass tree-planting projects are exciting, but the solution is never as simple as it seems. Send a Cow encourages smallholder farmers to plant multi-purpose trees in harmony with the environment.

Tanzania's first and only classic car club pays homage to Remmy Ongala, old school musical legend

Oldschool Rides Tanzania, a club devoted to restoring and celebrating vintage cars in Tanzania and the region, organized a classic car show to honor Tanzanian music legend Remmy Ongala.

Alphonse Mucha's surprising influence on Japanese manga, anime and “light novels”

In Japan, manga, anime and even 'light novel' creators all claim early an 20th Century Czech Art Nouveau artist and illustrator as an influence.

29 August 2019

Winning a literary award won't set you free: An interview with author and asylum-seeker Behrooz Boochani

Australia's detention camps whistleblower describes conditions as hellish

Netizen Report: Critic calls Indonesia’s provincial internet shutdown ‘racist’

Advox

Indonesia's regional internet shutdown continues, YouTube blocks 210 channels over suspected links to China and Tonga threatens to block Facebook.

Months after pledge to open internet, Ethiopia disrupts connectivity amidst communal violence, tension

Advox

Ethiopian authorities have resorted to shutting down entire networks in response to recent ethnic and political tensions. A lack of transparency makes it impossible to challenge.

Contrary to Serbian government's claims, fact-checking initiative shows that journalists are far from being ‘all safe’

Advox

According to Istinomer's research, threats against individual journalists or editorial teams have become rather frequent over the past few months.

28 August 2019

Mozambique signs third peace accord amid divisions in opposition and public indifference

While the ceremony that ended Mozambique's third civil war took place, the majority of Maputo's residents were at work, or trapped in the capital’s chaotic traffic.

The case for reforming the Sudanese Access to Information Act

Advox

As Sudan launches a three-year transition to civilian rule, the country's freedom of information law should be amended to serve the public's right to know.

Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum: The Congolese scientist behind the cure for Ebola

This African scientist discovered the cure for Ebola. Will his name be as widely shared as news about the disease itself?

27 August 2019

‘Kingston Creative’ breathes new life into Jamaica’s downtown district

With the involvement of 100+ volunteers and more than 20 community groups, Kingston Creative is reinvigorating Jamaica's capital with its ongoing #PaintTheCity mural project.

In Nigeria, disability activists say social stigma is greatest obstacle to human rights

“Many people see disability as a charity issue rather than a human rights issue, says Ekaete Umoh, a disability rights activist in Nigeria.

26 August 2019

A study of Bulgarian far-right proto-militias dismantles the theory of the lone-wolf extremist

Research shows that the members of far-right extremist groups don’t necessarily believe the narratives promoted by their networks about “migrant invasion” or “islamization,” but consider hate speech as useful weapon.

Interview with Erick Huerta, a researcher helping to bring internet access to indigenous communities in Mexico

Rising Voices

A project to build and strengthen the communication and technological autonomy of indigenous peoples and communities.

Inspired by the 1989 ‘Baltic Way,’ Hong Kong protesters form human chain to demand freedom and democracy

"The light of freedom transcends time, place. Truly magnificent. #StandwithHongKong #BalticWay"

25 August 2019

Moscow’s revolution will be memed, online and on canvas

RuNet EchoThe Bridge

An anonymous RuNet user has a found a creative way to criticise recent police violence in Moscow: photoshopping riot police into dozens of famous Russian and foreign artworks.

Indonesia sends in troops and cuts internet as West Papua protesters denounce racist treatment of students

"Blocking and restricting access to the internet in Papua and West Papua will make it harder for people living outside of the two provinces to verify facts."

‘White terror’ at Cathay Pacific: Flight attendant union head fired for supporting Hong Kong protests on social media

"This is not just about me. This is about the whole industry. This is about Hong Kong. When will this white terror end?"