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9 August 2019

Remembering the '88 uprising’ for democracy in Myanmar

"Government newspapers said over 300 died in the crackdown but independent sources estimated that the actual figure was ten times that."

8 August 2019

Dubious CIA plot theory by former Yugoslav army colonel finds a platform in Serbian media

“Fake news, fake media, fake journalists, fake analysts – they have flooded the Serbian media space.”

Kenyan MP and her baby ordered out of parliament: ‘What was I supposed to do? Miss my duties?’

"I had an emergency, so what was I supposed to do? Miss parliament and my duties — just because I have a baby?"

7 August 2019

Travel: An extreme sport for Africans

The Bridge

It’s difficult for Africans to travel outside Africa — but it’s equally grim to travel within the continent.

Two universities sign historic agreement on slavery reparations in the Caribbean

The agreement marks the first time that a British institution has apologised for the profits it made from slavery and attaches both money and resources to help make amends.

In Ethiopia, disinformation spreads through Facebook live as political tensions rise

Advox

Online conspiracy theories, political rants and rumors laced with communal hatred are now common genres in Ethiopian social media.

Tanzanian journalist faces trumped-up charges after abduction and detention

Advox

Freelance ournalist Erick Kabendera has written critically of Tanzanian President John Magufuli's increasingly repressive administration. Yesterday, authorities charged him with economic crimes, but critics say his only "crime" is journalism.

China’s hunger for minerals stirs resistance in rural Thailand

Chinese efforts to obtain a cheap source of a crop-boosting mineral are raising fears of an environmental crisis among farming communities in Thailand.

6 August 2019

Nigerian creatives bid farewell to Toni Morrison, who wrote race into American consciousness

"The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you explaining over and over again, your reason for being." — Toni Morrison

Indian government abolishes Kashmir's special status, announces bifurcation

"It's basically like England walking into Scotland with troops and getting rid of the Scottish Parliament and arresting all the Scottish nationalists. This is just not acceptable."

Mozambique criminalizes child marriage

According to one study, Mozambique is the 11th country in the world with the highest rate of child marriages.

Algeria: A victory on the pitch and in the streets

Algeria's footballers win the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, and inspire protesters calling for political change at home.

Security forces in Guinea now have the right to use deadly force

Human rights and opposition groups fear the law could be used to grant impunity and target dissent ahead of 2020 elections when President Alpha Condé will seek a third term. 

Three naïve questions about Belarus

The Bridge

Why do so few people know about Belarus?

Witch-hunting still claims lives in rural India

Witch-hunting is a practice that still exists in some parts of India where people, mostly women, are branded witches and treated inhumanly often leading to mob-lynching.

Sentencing of Turkish social media influencer sparks debate on free speech

Advox

A Turkish Twitter celebrity is being sued for allegedly advocating drug consumption, reigniting the debate about online freedom of expression

A Hong Kong artist’s ‘surreal’ depiction of the anti-extradition protests

In addition to the Lennon Wall, the artist's work has likened the protesters to superheroes, compared protest power to Dragon Ball Z, and depicted the protesters fighting against Gozilla.

5 August 2019

Netflix's ‘The Great Hack’ highlights Cambridge Analytica's role in Trinidad & Tobago elections

Advox

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie may visit Trinidad and Tobago to talk to a parliamentary Joint Select Committee about campaign election interference — and who hired and paid the company.

How protesters are ‘deanonymising’ Russia's riot police

RuNet Echo

Activists are identifying the men behind the helmets, truncheons, and riot shields, and sharing their names, dates of birth, and links to their social media profiles.

Hong Kong anti-extradition protests accelerate into a movement against Beijing-backed police authorities

More evidence is starting to emerge that the Hong Kong police force worked in cooperation with the Triad, an organized crime unit, during the Yuen Long mob attack on July...

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