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15.08.2020

An earthquake shook Tanzania. A new law prohibits citizens from speaking about it online.

An earthquake shook Tanzania. A new law prohibits citizens from speaking about it online.

New online content regulations prohibit certain topics without government approval When a major earthquake of 6.0 on the Richter scale shook coastal East Africa at around 8:15 on August 12, Tanzanians quickly took to Twitter to report on the unusual natural event that momentarily swayed chandeliers, shattered windows and cracked… »

03.08.2020

Anti-pandemic measures in their home countries deter EU tourists from visiting North Macedonia

Anti-pandemic measures in their home countries deter EU tourists from visiting North Macedonia

North Macedonia has opened its borders to tourists from the European Union (EU) and other European countries, but measures related to COVID-19 prevention are discouraging visitors from choosing the country as a travel destination. A big factor is that some EU countries, Hungary for example, require their citizens returning from… »

01.08.2020

Secret trials threaten open justice in Australia

Secret trials threaten open justice in Australia

Whistleblowers, lawyers and journalists face prosecutions without proper public scrutiny A government illegally bugs the office of a foreign country’s Prime Minister during treaty negotiations. The spy in charge who turned whistleblower and his lawyer face secret trials. Connections are exposed between government politicians and a big oil company that… »

27.07.2020

Serbia protests point to crisis of legitimacy for Vučić government

Serbia protests point to crisis of legitimacy for Vučić government

Over the past several years, Belgrade has been the setting for mass protests demanding transparency and accountability from the government led by President Aleksander Vučić of the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). Protests against gentrification and non-transparent development such as the initiative Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own (Ne da(vi)mo… »

23.07.2020

Black Lives Matter forces an IBM U-turn on facial recognition

Black Lives Matter forces an IBM U-turn on facial recognition

A system which worsens discrimination. In the midst of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, which raised questions about policing and racism in the United States and elsewhere, technology company IBM announced its withdrawal from the general-purpose facial recognition market. Could this be a turning point in the use of such technologies—fraught… »

20.07.2020

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

The author’s identity has been kept anonymous for safety reasons. Starting in 2017, the Uyghur community living in China has been subject to increased targeting and indiscriminate imprisonment by the Chinese authorities. This policy of racial and religious profiling has led many young Uyghurs to leave… »

13.07.2020

The state of LGBTQ+ rights in India: An interview with Supreme Court Advocate Saurabh Kirpal

The state of LGBTQ+ rights in India: An interview with Supreme Court Advocate Saurabh Kirpal

“There is, however, a very long way to go” On September 6, 2018, India’s Supreme Court ruled that consensual homosexual acts would no longer constitute a crime. The historic move reversed Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which was a legacy from British colonial rule. The change… »

06.07.2020

Uyghur emojis help spread message of cultural resistance over social media

Uyghur emojis help spread message of cultural resistance over social media

Emojis representing Uyghur characters and culture are now available on the encrypted messenger platform Telegram in an effort by the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking countries to raise visibility. While Uyghurs living in China are experiencing unprecedented attacks on their most basic human rights, the Uyghur diaspora in Russian-speaking… »

03.07.2020

LGBTQ+ community and politicians salute Montenegro’s new law on same-sex partnerships

LGBTQ+ community and politicians salute Montenegro’s new law on same-sex partnerships

Activists cautioned that the law must now be put into practice Montenegro’s parliament has adopted a law on life partnership for same-sex couples, making Montenegro the first country in the Western Balkans to legally recognize same-sex marriage. The law passed on July 1 does not… »

28.06.2020

June 2020, a month of #BLM in Japan

June 2020, a month of #BLM in Japan

Nationwide protests oppose police brutality and support Black lives Black Lives Matter rallies and marches were held in cities across Japan throughout June, as part of a global display of solidarity with demonstrators in the United States and other countries. They also highlighted the importance of Black lives in Japan,… »

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