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May, 2021

Stories from May, 2021

Greenpeace report highlights extent of European nations’ dumping of waste in Turkey

Packaging from UK retailers and used COVID-19 antigen test kits are among the items found in Turkish waste dumps.

As tourists party, citizens under COVID lockdown ask: Are there ‘two Jamaicas'?

When video of an event at a popular entertainment spot emerged, the images of hundreds of maskless revelers partying in close quarters prompted a wave of anger across Jamaica's blogosphere.

Colombians ‘save the evidence’ as they denounce social media censorship of protests

Different strategies have been created to preserve the record of ongoing protests and state violence, as well as of the content being censored on social media.

Colombian students set up humanitarian camp to resist police crackdown

"We have an overwhelming task and we should assume a leading role during the mobilization"

Czechia's Muslim women celebrated Ramadan with mixed experiences

How do Muslim women feel in Prague, and how does Female Ramadan in Prague go?

Trinidad and Tobago edges closer to amending its Equal Opportunity Act to include sexual orientation

Discussions about the need to amend Trinidad and Tobago's Equal Opportunity Act have reignited after one of the country's biggest banks made a major move towards diversity and inclusion.

Why Huawei was almost excluded from the 5G race in Brazil

Despite its two-decade history in Brazil, the Chinese tech giant's chance to compete for 5G development contracts was at one point vehemently opposed by the Bolsonaro government.

7 ways Beijing reduced democratic representation in Hong Kong’s elections

A new powerhouse, headed by a "state leader," will elect the city's chief executive, nominate all candidates running for the legislature, and appoint 40 of its members to the legislature.

Could the breakdown in public trust explain Hong Kong's sluggish vaccine roll-out?

Trust and solidarity are known remedies in dealing with vaccine hesitancy. In Hong Kong, however, the political divide might have reached a point of no return.

Global Voices seeks a director for our Advox Project, to lead our work on technology and rights

Global Voices is seeking a director for our Advox project, to guide our editorial reporting, research, activism and advocacy on freedom of expression and digital rights and technology.

Curtain falls on Kenya's Benjamin Ayimba, first African coach outside of South Africa to win a Sevens World Series Cup

Rugby is the only team sport where Kenya has consistently excelled in the world, and Ayimba played a big part in that success.

Greeks wage a court battle against Chinese-funded port that may poison the environment

Expansion of the Piraeus port will create a "subaquatic toxic landfill” at the expense of the area’s fragile ecosystems.

Trinidad and Tobago loses two cultural icons on the same day

Though lost under very different circumstances, condolences pour out to the families of steelpan arranger Bobby Mohammed and dance icon Torrance Mohammed, both giants in their respective fields.

How I came to live on Nowhere Island

"The pain of racism is deeper and more disappointing coming from other minorities because you don’t expect it."

Will the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon ever roar again on the football field? 

Cameroon's women's national football team has experienced setbacks. But deputy head coach of the squad is convinced there is a glimmer of hope in sight. 

A new COVID-19 wave overwhelms pandemic-conscious Taiwan

Taiwan recorded 3,161 COVID-19 cases so far in May 2021. Previously, it had registered fewer than 1,200 total cases since the start of the pandemic.

Jamaican literacy activist puts more books into the hands of children isolated by COVID-19 restrictions

"For children who were reading before and continue to have access to books, the pages have been a safe place from the pandemic. For others, the situation has worsened."

Jamaican bees are beautiful—and their survival is crucial

Beekeeping has been steadily catching on in Jamaica for some years now, enriching livelihoods, helping the environment, and providing lots of photographic opportunities.

European Parliament calls for ‘immediate’ and ‘unconditional’ release of Armenian prisoners

On May 20, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Azerbaijani government to release all Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives.

Approval of benefits for employees of the Assembly of the Republic causes protests in Mozambique

Other Mozambican civil servants do not enjoy the same benefits.

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