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Taiwanese court rules no jurisdiction in Vietnamese marine disaster case, victims to appeal

Taipei District Court dismissed the lawsuit filed by nearly 8,000 Vietnamese fishers against Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) over the marine disaster in Vietnam in 2016 out of jurisdiction concern.

From Syria to the world: Notes on tyranny, war and despair

Based on actual events and stories, these Notes send the message that Syrians deserve to live in peace, dignity and freedom—just like everyone else in the world.

Mass tree-planting in Ethiopia broke world records, but its impact will take time

Mass tree-planting projects are exciting, but the solution is never as simple as it seems. Send a Cow encourages smallholder farmers to plant multi-purpose trees in harmony with the environment.

How US arms supplies to Saudi Arabia threatens Sudan's hard-won peace

The Saudis supply Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces with money and arms. When the US does arms deals with Saudi Arabia they’re essentially supporting RSF.

Myanmar disables internet access in conflict areas of Rakhine and Chin states

The government and operators did not specify when access to the internet will be restored.

Years after eviction by an oil extraction project, a Ugandan community waits for justice

Uganda’s oil reserves can potentially bring in revenue of over US$50 billion over 25 years, but extraction projects are happening in areas where land rights and tenure are not clearly...

Vietnamese victims of 2016 marine disaster have filed a landmark lawsuit against Formosa Plastics Group in Taiwan

A group of 7,875 Vietnamese plaintiffs launched a lawsuit in Taiwan against Formosa Plastics Group and other smaller stakeholders of the Ha Tinh Steel Corporation based in Vietnam.

Game of Thrones and climate change: brace yourselves, summer is coming!

Imagine a world where political clans fight for power while ignoring a threat never seen before—and which could annihilate their societies without much consideration for human-made boundaries...

A palace on stilts: Guyanese novelist Wilson Harris returns to life in Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

"Everywhere in Harris’ book we are asked to look up. At the sky, at the sun, at houses built on stilts."

Egyptian parliament endorses constitutional amendments that could allow Sisi to rule until 2034

"Proposed amendments to Egypt’s constitution, including granting the armed forces authority to intervene in government, would undermine judicial independence and expand executive powers that are already being abused."

‘I am prepared to go to jail': Founder of Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement offers hope ahead of trial

"I am prepared to go to jail… So long as we are not crushed by the trial and the prison sentence...then we will come out stronger."

The Cop and the Showgirl, or how China's newest tool of repression targets the rich and powerful

The "liuzhi" detention law was introduced in May 2018. "Even the constitution now says that the liuzhi agency ranks higher than the judiciary and the prosecutor’s office."

Trinidad & Tobago loses ‘The Mighty Shadow’, the ‘bassman’ of calypso

"When all other calypsonians in the early 1970s had six sheets of music, Shadow had seven, the additional one for the bass guitar."

Education in transition: how transgender teachers are transforming schools in Brazil and Colombia

"It’s a healing pedagogy because it tries to repair the wounds of hate, anger, and discrimination that everyone who has a body experiences in school, not only transgender people."

Uighurs in the laogai: how China's persecution of a minority turned my fiction into fact

"In 2017, 21% of all arrests made in China took place in Xinjiang Province, a region where only 1.5% of the Chinese population lives."

Three days behind bars for the ‘crime’ of journalism: Diary of a Nigerian journalist

Investigative journalist Samuel Ogundipe spent three days in detention on spurious charges and was denied access to his lawyer. Now free on bail, he is telling his story.

Under Austria's right-wing government, ‘ethical’ principles for journalists could hijack media rights

If the current draft is adopted as it stands, it will provide for an extra layer of strict control that aims to silence the critique and dissent.

After Facebook ban, Myanmar military accounts are moving to Russian social media site VKontakte

"...they are now spreading their hate freely on the site without any moderation."

A path to independence paved with marijuana

"Trinidad and Tobago is well positioned to harness the immense technical capacity and infrastructure of this oil and gas producing nation to become a leader in a CARICOM-wide cannabis industry."

“What followed horrified us beyond our wildest imaginations”: an eyewitness account of the Bangladesh student protests

"Young Bangladeshis like me are tired of fearing for our lives on the roads—fearing being run over simply because the driver values making money more than human lives."

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