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September, 2020

Stories from September, 2020

Barbados declares intent to recognise same-sex unions and remove British queen as head of state

The Cayman Islands recently made same-sex partnerships legal, but Barbados may become the first CARICOM member to do so. It will also replace the queen as head of state.

Is Belarus in the midst of a generational upheaval?

Our survey reveals societal divisions behind protests against the Lukashenka presidency. Foremost is a generational rift between those who became adults during the Soviet period and those born after 1990.

Hong Kong's universal testing wraps up with low turn out

The scheme's effectiveness and costs were the subject of heated controversy, but it was probably Beijing's involvement that spooked most Hongkongers.

In Bolivia, indigenous Aymara question Bolivia's Independence Day celebrations

"The independence of these countries where we Aymara live did not mean the liberation of the Aymara, but a change of 'master'."

Peru's state TV broadcasts 23 hours in Spanish daily but only 1 hour in indigenous languages

The lack of representation in television reflects how the Peruvian state, in its 200-year history, has treated its indigenous peoples: in a colonial, racist and discriminatory way.

China's persecution of Muslim minorities: An Uyghur student living in Turkey shares her story

I came to Turkey legally, on a passport issued by the Chinese authorities. Why did they punish my family?

How a young photographer puts modern Mongolia in focus

Kush Zorigt's lens captures all the complexities and contradictions of Mongolia today: gleaming skyscrapers, toxic pollution, and the surprising stories of people who live or survive among them.

Nigerians demand names of politicians slammed with US visa ban

The US visa ban extends to politicians who promoted violence during the 2019 national elections and undermined Nigeria’s democratic process. 

Millions of Indian students sit university entrance exams after government disregards protests to postpone them

Students protested throughout the entire month of August, citing concerns with COVID-19 transmission and reduced transportation in quarantined zones.

African Union turns to biosurveillance tech to curb COVID-19

PanaBIOS, an African Union-backed biosurveillance technology, can track the spread of COVID-19 and connect testing centers across the continent.

Al Jazeera Balkans crew attacked at a right-wing opposition party protest in Skopje

Assaulted female journalist insisted on reporting the incident to the police and tracking the attacker, as a way to stand up to a culture of impunity for violence against journalists.

The Caribbean's ‘double standard’ on the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols

Some social media users are convinced that when it comes to COVID-19 regulation enforcement, police officers come down harder on residents of disenfranchised communities.

Fans mourn the passing of energetic Jamaican reggae icon, ‘Toots’ Hibbert

Often credited with inventing the term "reggae," the legendary "Toots" Hibbert will be remembered for his upbeat, energetic, positive music.

World Shorebirds Day in the Caribbean: The beauty of wetlands and the birds that visit them

World Shorebirds Day, marked this year on September 6, saw “citizen scientists” across the region document the presence and the movements of various island bird species.

New Age communities are driving QAnon conspiracies in Brazil

QAnon emerged in the US but its plasticity makes it easily adaptable in a Brazilian context, where New Agers seeking alternative truths play a prominent role in propagating its ideas.

A Chinese city withdraws ‘civility code’ following online criticism

Suzhou – a Chinese city near Shanghai – launched a “civility code” in early September to rank citizens’ civility. As negative comments flooded in, the city called an end to...

School children and their teacher kidnapped in Nigeria's Kaduna, as armed bandits run amok

The armed bandits who abducted four students and their teacher from Damba-Kasaya, Kaduna State, Nigeria are demanding a ransom to release their captives.  

Are Romance languages becoming more gender neutral?

Each language is morphing in its own way -- and not everyone is happy about it.

Website exposing military corruption blocked in Myanmar

"It shows the increased intolerance by the government on freedom of expression and that they are trying to cover up the crimes and corruption of the military."

In DR Congo, will new legislation protect citizens’ digital rights?

In Democratic Republic of Congo, a citizen movement is underway to reclaim digital rights that have been violated for years under a vague and outdated legislation.

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