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Benin national park becomes insurgent group safe haven
Although once spared, Benin is now bearing the brunt of the Jihadist terrorism infiltrating from the north and using a national park as its base.
‘My only way of being free’: How a Peruvian woman launched a fashion business from prison
"It’s not a matter of being a businesswoman and produce non-stop. No. Because money won’t free them, but their therapy will"
Women gain foothold in Africa's political landscape
Until now, 12 women have either served or are serving as the head of state in Africa. Although women are still a minority in politics, this is ultimately a paradigm shift.
Reports on COVID fund management show scale of corruption in Africa
The misappropriation of Covid response funds was identified in management reports, thus angering the civil society in Togo and Senegal alike.
The unspoken racism behind Peru's protests
Quechua-speaking men and women, including those with traditional skirts, ponchos, hats, and distinctive provincial flags, have spearheaded demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Dina Boluarte.
Togolese citizens take their activism online to inspire action and responses
Youths in Togo are using online activism to ensure their voices are heard not only by the people, but also the government.
Togolese music scene embraces globalization without abandoning its roots
Rich in musical and linguistic diversity, Togo is embracing the globalization of its music, which is being recognized on a national and international level alike.
Social networks make civil society voices heard in Togo
Internet in Togo enables influencers to make social networks effective promotion platforms. Journalists and civil society activists take advantage of this to make their voices heard.
Latin Americans still invest in cryptocurrency despite crisis
These assets are considered to provide a safe haven of value in the face of unstable economies.
Mexican collective pirating books to make culture accessible is blocked
Since 2019, the Pirateca.com website has provided open access to more than 279 Spanish titles, under the slogan “Books are not stolen, they're expropriated!”
‘It's not drought, it's plundering,’ criminalized activists say of new law in Querétaro, Mexico
Access to water conflicts are leaving their mark on this Mexican state's recent history. Those protesting against the concession of water to private operators have been criminalized.
Esperanto: Can the language of idealism face reality?
"By justifying the neutral stance it holds, the Esperantist community fails to criticize any unequal status within the world in which we live"
Ecuador's indigenous Amazonian peoples launch online COVID-19 tracker
The aim of the COVID-19 online tracker is to understand which communities are in need of aid during the pandemic.
Taking down statues: France confronts its colonial and slave trade past
Amid global action against racism, France has been divided for several weeks over what to do about statues of historical figures that are connected to slavery and colonialism.
‘A possible violation’: Mexico's biggest telecommunications operator is blocking Tor network
The Tor network is a free and open-source software used throughout the world by those who wish to exercise their freedom of expression and information while maintaining their privacy and anonymity.
Mali holds elections despite COVID-19 pandemic and terrorist threats
Mali's elections were held under unique circumstances: the ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism and governmental restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Venezuelans come together to provide food for the elderly of Caracas
"We can't put an end to poverty, but we can do our bit to help those who need it most."
COVID-19 is also affecting Venezuela's indigenous migrants
Venezuela's borders with Brazil and Colombia have been closed since mid-March, the use of illegal paths and crossings has increased, with its related dangers.
Lockdown in Colombia will affect the right to abortion, says human rights lawyer
"Lockdown exceptions must explicitly include services that make it possible to maintain and guarantee access to sexual and reproductive health," says Selene Soto.
The feminist translators and interpreters revolutionizing the profession in Argentina
"Feminism is always growing and diversifying, and feminists must come together and create areas of common interest and practice unique forms of activism that move away from hegemonic feminism"
Protests in Guinea spark Pan-African solidarity against president's plan to run for third term
While the Guinean government remains vague about a possible extension to Alpha Condé's presidential term, protesters continue to mobilize throughout the world against constitutional changes that could allow it.