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10 June 2019

In Nigeria, tensions rise in Kano Kingdom as king faces finance corruption charges

King Sanusi II and all other suspects may be suspended, pending further investigation into financial fraud and misuse investigated by the anti-corruption commission.

9 June 2019

Could the PetroCaribe scandal be the end of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse?

The corruption scandal surrounding PetroCaribe, a regional energy programme that supplied petroleum products to Haiti at preferential rates, was at the heart of the violent protests earlier this year.

Hundreds of thousands protest in Hong Kong against the extradition bill

Protesters said the proposed amendments would make it easier for mainland China to cause the arrest of critics, dissidents, and even journalists in Hong Kong.

7 June 2019

Police raids on major media organisations expose lack of press freedom in Australia

Advox

"These continued attacks on press freedoms in Australia should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Freedom of the Press to scrutinise the Govt is crucial to liberal democracy."

‘Everything is destroyed': Inside the ruins of Marawi City in the Philippines

"Despite the scale of the destruction, almost no clearing has been done yet. Bombed homes and establishments, plazas, churches, and mosques — everything is destroyed."

Xi Jinping has muzzled Chinese social sciences, says French sinologist Chloé Froissart

As China's GDP slows down, and unemployment grows, the situation will get worse with the absence of any mechanism for social dialogue. One cannot rule out violent riots.

Reactions to the presidential pardon of Sri Lankan rightwing religious leader

"Given Gnanasara’s past record of hateful speech, the Presidential pardon amounted to disrespect to all those who had suffered religious freedom violations in Sri Lanka."

5 June 2019

Publisher of Macedonian edition of Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ releases book by former PM Nikola Gruevski

Gruveski led North Macedonia's right-wing government from 2006 to 2017, a period of sharp democratic decline.

Record crowd commemorates Tiananmen Massacre at Hong Kong candlelight vigil

"Even though it is a crime to remember / The truth will find its courage to be told /The history that has happened will be revealed..."

Tiananmen commemorations: an inconvenient truth for Beijing, a dire warning for Hong Kong and Taiwan

As many witnesses and activists asked: when will Beijing finally acknowledge historical facts? When will it apologize to the families of the victims?

4 June 2019

Jamaica's Reggae Girlz football team ‘strike hard’ to make history

Bob Marley's eldest daughter Cedella saw the team's potential and gave them her support, persuading coach Hue Menzies to volunteer his services. Now, they're at the 2019 FIFA Women's World...

How Beijing uses intimidation to censor the Tiananmen Massacre outside of China

"Beijing's intimidation does have an impact on shaping the stories [journalists] tell and the ways that they tell it.”

Trinidad and Tobago registers Venezuelan asylum-seekers to legalise their status

The two-week-long initiative, which began on May 31, 2019, will afford undocumented Venezuelans amnesty so that they can be put on record and be legally recognised in Trinidad and Tobago.

Tinder now required to share user data with Russian authorities

RuNet EchoAdvox

The app is now legally required to store users' data for six months and provide it to the Russian authorities at their request.

Turning ‘likes’ into rewards: Hong Kong citizen media outlets launch ‘Civic Likers’ campaign

By turning “likes” into “monetary rewards”, the content can remain open for public access while the authors can get their revenue from “likes”.

3 June 2019

Czechs demand new justice minister's resignation in nationwide challenge to PM Andrej Babiš

Protesters say the PM is seeking to interfere with his prosecution and demand measures to protect the judiciary's independence.

1 June 2019

As Afghanistan's war rolls on, its mental health toll grows greater

“The doctors wanted to discharge me. I begged them to keep me in longer.”

31 May 2019

Indonesian General Election 2019: Unique events from the campaign trail

According to an Australian think-tank Lowy Institute, Indonesia has the distinction of holding the largest single-day elections in a democratic country.

30 May 2019

Detention of Gaspard Glanz is a sign of France’s increasingly authoritarian treatment of journalists

Advox

The French government is increasingly using security and defense secrets as excuses for clamping down on journalists. The industry has pushed back.

29 May 2019

Recent troubles rock the historical Kano Kingdom in northern Nigeria

The ancient Kingdom of Kano has thrived for centuries. Now, a political rivalry has led Kano's civilian governor to split the unified kingdom into five parts.

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