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September, 2020

Stories from September, 2020

Azerbaijani authorities disrupt internet nationwide amid Nagorno-Karabakh clashes

Access has been on and off since clashes broke out on September 27.

Citizenship by investment in the Caribbean: Economic boon or diplomatic minefield?

Citizenship by Investment, dubbed the “golden passport”, offers the wealthy a second citizenship at a time when visa and COVID-19 restrictions are becoming more onerous.

COVID-19 causes Trinidad and Tobago to cancel its Carnival for 2021

"Everyone else has already gone ahead and cancelled theirs. I do not [...] see how [anyone] could possibly think to put the country under further threat from Covid-19."

BJP-led Assam state in India criticized for failed promises ahead of elections

The BJP was elected in the rural state in 2016 on promises to create jobs and clean up corruption. Four years on, the government faces shortcomings on both fronts.

Toward a cyberfeminist future: A new study centers African women as protagonists online

Over 3,000 women from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, and South Africa, were interviewed about their "perceptions of digital safety" and online gender-based violence in a new, large-scale study by Pollicy.

North Macedonia scraps ministerial post responsible for the diaspora

What will happen to the National Strategy for Cooperation with the Diaspora and who will follow up on the work—however minor—done by Minister Ademi?

After documenting land grabs in their reserve, 18 indigenous and black leaders detained in Nicaragua

Since 2015, self-trained Kriol and Rama forest rangers monitor deforestation and land grabs in the biological reserve.

Masculinity in my genes/jeans

Manoeuvring the complexities of being a boy or man in Caribbean societies assumes "there was a DNA of maleness already living in us, sometimes waiting to be activated."

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, volunteers defend stranded migrants against local rebuke

In Bosnia's third-largest city, migrants have been residing in and around the main bus station and relying on a group of volunteers for relief.

A media adversary's long battle with Japan's new Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide

In the days leading up Suga's to ascension as prime minister of Japan, one longtime media adversary wondered what his leadership might mean for journalism in Japan.

In Trinidad & Tobago, citizens defend sou-sou savings against pyramid scheme comparisons

"It has become popular to bad talk traditional methods of savings [without] a clear understanding of the roles they played in the economic development of historically disenfranchised communities here."

It’s time to remove Sudan from the US’ state-sponsored terrorism list

Sudan landed on the US state sponsor of terrorism list in 1993, but none of the original reasons still hold now. It’s time to remove Sudan from the SST list. 

The untold plight of imprisoned women in Africa, the Americas, and Asia under the pandemic

"Not only are women at risk of contracting COVID-19, they are also exposed to an increased threat of sexual violence during the pandemic."

Press freedom impeded in Hong Kong as police limits definition of recognized media representatives

If approved, a new scheme limiting the definition of officially recognized media will deliver a serious blow to freelance journalists and student reporters.

#FreeMuay: Groups call for release of Laotian net idol and environment advocate

"Muay bravely stood up to protect the environment. Muay does not deserve to be let alone imprisoned from taking this stand."

How indigenous peoples resist COVID-19 in South America

"In this struggle for life, which dates back to our ancestor's memory, we will continue to demand the fulfillment of our rights."

Artists from Gabon to Mozambique interrogate the meaning of ‘Global South’ in new online exhibition

The "Global South" is a loaded, highly political term. "Where is South?" a new, online exhibition featuring work from 90 artists who challenge notions of "south" through artist books, launches...

In Turkey, women rise up to stop withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

The public outcry seems to have made an impression on the AKP—a decision on the Convention that was meant to be announced in August has now been postponed.

Fearing the national security law, Hongkongers change their social media habits

Of the 2,587 people who responded to an online survey conducted by The Stand News, 96 percent said they fear "loss of free speech."

Thai protesters submit petition for monarchy reforms, install ‘people’s plaque’

The plaque has this inscription: "People shall know, that this country belongs to the people, not the king as they lied."

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