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‘This is a partisan movement of a partisan nation': a Belarusian poet reflects on her homeland's turmoil

"The greatest weakness made visible in these past months has been how little the state knows its own people", says poet Valzhyna Mort

How a bad translation of ‘Black Lives Matter’ ended up enabling racist narratives on Chinese social media

A popular Chinese translation of the anti-racism protest slogan is paradoxically being used to spread racist discourse.

Belarusian workers support protesters with growing strikes

Workers across the country are striking in solidarity with Belarusians who have been detained and beaten during mass protests against President Alexander Lukashenka.

Abused and infected with COVID-19, Nigerian domestic workers are stranded in Beirut

African governments must press on their Lebanese counterpart to grant amnesty to all migrant domestic workers to be repatriated to their home countries and abolish the slave-like Kafala labour laws. 

‘Hiroshima Timeline’ uses tweets to portray real-time experience of world's first atomic bombing

Three Twitter accounts use an "on-this-day" format to share observations and experiences of daily life from 75 years ago in the months leading up to the August 6, 1945 bombing.

The historic selection of Kamala Harris as the Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate resonates in the Caribbean

Could Kamala Harris, daughter of immigrants and the first Black/South Asian woman vice-presidential candidate for a major U.S. political party, be "great for diversity"?

Women's cooperative in Srebrenica produces ‘protective masks for everyone’

"There are not a lot of us in Srebrenica and we need to stick together through communion and mutual care."

Building safer online spaces in Myanmar

“Facebook was, and continues to be, the favored tool for disseminating hate speech and misinformation against the Rohingya people, Muslims in general, and other marginalized communities.”

Kenyan families suffer spillover effects from school closures

Following school closures in Kenya, inequity has run rampant. Education experts want the government to perform a complete education reboot to provide equitable access to learning for all.

Meet the artist embroidering Belarus’ protests

From faraway Prague, the Belarusian artist Rufina Bazlova is paying homage to the protests in her homeland by depicting them in traditional Belarusian embroidery.

Human rights defenders and journalists under attack in Southeast Asia

The past two weeks saw several disturbing cases of arrests, convictions, and raids targeting human rights activists and journalists in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

Belarus shuts down internet as thousands protest election results

As Alexander Lukashenka won a sixth consecutive term as president on August 10, Belarusians across the country faced difficulties getting online. Digital rights activists blame the authorities; the authorities blame...

Pious, assertive, and ‘mother of all Bolivians': The political narrative of President Jeanine Áñez

The president went on costly helicopter rides to 'bless' cities during the pandemic, with passengers that included priests, evangelical pastors and legislators who brought along holy water and religious statues.

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under national security law

Upon his arrest, Hong Kong police raided the office building of his news outlets.

A rare, golden turtle — first of its kind — discovered in Nepal

The recent discovery of a yellow turtle in India drew a lot of attention, but it's not the first time one has been spotted.

In Pakistan, a man accused of blasphemy was shot dead in a courtroom. His killer was hailed as a hero.

Extrajudicial killings of people accused of blasphemy aren't uncommon in Pakistan.

How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part II

Within an hour of musician Hachalu Hundessa’s assassination, Ethiopians netizens hit social media with scattershot conspiracy theories, hate speech & disinformation campaigns — particularly on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

How the murder of musician Hachalu Hundessa incited violence in Ethiopia: Part I

In the wake of musician Hachalu Hundessa's murder, Ethiopia has struggled to come to terms with the violence and turmoil that erupted along ethnic and religious faultlines.

‘Wiki Loves Africa’ 2020 features images of a continent on the move

"Wiki Loves Africa," encourages people to contribute Africa-relevant media to Wikimedia annually around a particular theme to fundamentally change how people both within and outside Africa see the continent.

What will a US ban on WeChat mean for Chinese netizens?

While many in the West have criticized Trump's ban, some overseas Chinese dissents see the decision with positive eyes.

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