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December, 2019

Stories from December, 2019

Trinidad and Tobago continues to face HIV stigma and lack of sex education

Drugs that can prevent HIV are available, but Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Health won't make it available because he thinks it will promote promiscuity.

A journey through Uzbek national identity on the Tashkent metro

In the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, the metro is much more than just a means of transportation — it's an open history textbook.

Comics fans in southern Europe celebrated the triple anniversary of cult publications in 2019

Comics fans in several southern European countries celebrated three golden jubilees in 2019: the 50th-anniversary publication of Italian comics series Alan Ford, the ‘Yugoslav Asterix’ Dikan, and Serbian magazine Stripoteka

All I want for Christmas is a free Hong Kong: How activists used festive cards to get the word out

People volunteered to translate holiday greetings into different languages and write letter templates for people of different backgrounds.

Global Voices quinceañera: How the climate crisis and other disasters affected the Caribbean in 2019

Like other Small Island Developing States, the Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions when it comes to the effects of the climate crisis. Part 4 of 5.

Who has ruined Christmas peace and joy in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong’s Christmas was neither peaceful nor joyful as riot police charged major shopping districts with anti-riot weapons to disperse flash mob protests.

Global Voices quinceañera: The Caribbean steps out of the box

Pride parades. Cannabis legislation. £20 million in reparations. These were some of the victories in the Caribbean for 2019. Part 3 of 5.

Bangladesh's first Human Milk Bank faces challenges before inauguration

With the aim of saving their lives, the Human Milk Bank will help newborns in critical care get much-needed mother's milk.

Longest internet disruption in Myanmar’s Rakhine state sets dangerous precedent

"There has been no evidence that the disproportionate decision has had any positive effect on reducing the conflict, which remains pervasive."

Police violence is increasing in Greece, but government is unconcerned

"They asked for a warrant and in response [the police] put them down, tied their hands and beat them severely".

Death toll reaches 27 in India's citizenship protests

Mass demonstrations have engulfed both large and small cities nationwide.

Conference in Thailand debates state of human rights in the northeast provinces

"We need to shame the government for using violence and intimidation against villagers who are just trying to preserve their livelihoods."

From Kenya to Ethiopia, these men received divine dream ‘maps’ to carve caves

Throughout history, many have questioned the veracity of divine intervention through dreams, but prophets from Islam, Judaism and Christianity have all testified to messages from God through dreams for millennia.

Macedonian government promises to retract misogynist school textbook

The text has been taught in Macedonian schools since 2002.

How China's Belt and Road Initiative is affecting Shan communities in north Myanmar

"The majority of the people are worried about losing their homes, farmlands and water resources. Some people voiced concerns about losing natural resources and heritage places."

Anti-vax groups in the Balkans find support with the Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox Church defends the right of parents to choose not to vaccinate their children.

Rash of abductions and arrests signals ‘dramatic slide’ in human rights in Tanzania

In recent years, an uptick in abductions, arrests, detentions and trumped-up charges of economic crimes for activists and journalists have amounted to a disturbing trend toward silencing dissent in Tanzania.

Nigerian government orders release of Omoyele Sowore, journalist and human rights activist

Omoyele Sowore was arrested in August on charges of treason, money laundry and harassing President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. He has been in jail despite court pronouncements ordering his release.

8 West African countries rename currency in historic break from France — but colonial-era debts persist

Changing the CFA franc to "Eco" does not change the fact that many West African countries are still locked in a legacy of debt to France in its colonial-era deposit system. 

Kenya now has a data protection law. What does this mean for netizens?

Will Kenya’s new data protection law protect the rights of citizens? Or will it serve as a conduit to acquire, store and use data in the digital capitalism food chain?

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