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May, 2020

Stories from May, 2020

Quarantine debates in Zanzibar conjure memories of colonial racial segregation

In light of Zanzibar’s complex history of racial segregation in the name of public health, social distancing and quarantine measures have been controversial in the fight against COVID-19.

Côte d'Ivoire withdraws from African Court on Human and People's Rights

On April 29, the spokesperson of the Ivorian Government, Sidi Touré, announced Côte d'Ivoire's decision to remove its recognition of the competence of African human rights court.

Global Voices (GV) is seeking a part-time bilingual Arabic/English Regional Editor for its coverage of the Middle East and North Africa

Are you a writer and editor knowledgable and curious about all facets of the Middle East and North Africa?

Desecration of three religious sites in Iran signal the Islamic Republic's continued oppression of minorities

"Pressure on religious minorities has also taken the form of persecution of individuals by accusing them of promoting 'propaganda against the Islamic Republic or 'belonging to hostile groups.

‘Indonesia, whatever’: Frontline staff express frustration over COVID-19 response

"We risked our lives, but are paid less than is adequate. Hundreds of nurses faced pay cuts and their 13th-month salary was withheld."

Mozambique revokes decree that imposed exorbitant fees on journalist accreditation

The fees, introduced in 2018, ranged between 30 and 500 thousand meticais (around 507 and 8,450 USD) and were mandatory for foreign correspondents and foreign and national freelance journalists working...

Cryptocurrency scammers flood Facebook users with ads for fake Forbes.com articles

Data publicly provided by Facebook about the adverts' reach indicate they have traveled far beyond North Macedonia, activists warn.

Could COVID-19 help push peace forward in Yemen?

While leaders have stalled on a unified response to ending the violence to deal with the virus, several activist groups in Yemen are pushing forward a ceasefire agenda.

Talking down under: Greek PM ‘discovers’ South Zealand

"Primary school kids listen to him and drop dead laughing. Long live our Leader, our EXCELLENT KYRIAKOS! HE'S WHAT WE DESERVE!"

A conversation with Udmurt language digital activist Artyom Malykh

"My primary motivation is to keep the language of my community alive. Udmurt must be used in as wide a variety of spaces as possible in order to ensure that...

Explore beauty and heritage in the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand while staying at home

Southeast Asian countries have lost millions of visitors but none of their branding know-how.

Is China's ‘House of Cards’ in the Czech Republic beginning to wobble?

Public scepticism over Chinese influence campaigns and aggressive diplomacy is empowering anti-Beijing politicians.

Netflix blockbuster ‘Extraction’ draws criticism for portrayal of Bangladesh's capital

The Netflix blockbuster “Extraction” attracted a lot of criticism and debate for its poor, inaccurate and stereotypical portrayal of Bangladesh and Bangladeshis.

COVID-19 tune educates, empowers Indonesia’s remote Marapu community

"Let’s just stay at home. Let’s wash our hands diligently to protect our health and lives."

Russian doctors’ union launches ‘map of problems’ faced by medics during COVID-19

Russia's medical staff are increasingly vocal about hospital conditions and a lack of personal protective equipment during the pandemic. This interactive map allows them to tell the world about it.

Has COVID-19 worsened or improved Jamaican family dynamics?

The COVID-19 restrictions in Jamaica have diminished some families' already limited economic power while heaping additional responsibilities on parents. How are different types of families coping?

Protests, police crackdowns return to Hong Kong as Beijing tightens grip

"This is the future of Hong Kong under National Security Law: No freedom of assembly and speech."

A Yorùbá language activist strives for linguistic diversity in digital spaces 

Adéṣinà Ọmọ Yoòbá, a Nigerian Yorùbá language and culture advocate, is keen to bridge the cultural and linguistic digital divide.

Art series sheds light on the marginalization of indigenous Tharus in Nepal

‘Masinya Dastoor’, an art series of young artist Lavkant Chaudhary, delves into the history of chronological marginalization of the indigenous Tharu community in Nepal over the past decades.

Kremlin expands online voting possibilities amid COVID-19 fears

After the Russian government passed a bill expanding possibilities for voting online and by post, journalists and digital rights activists have started to question its potential for abuse.

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