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‘I Found Myself In Life': Armenian Barber Excels As A Counsellor For His Elderly Compatriots
One customer worries about the weakness in his legs following a stroke, another about "young boys with hair like women."
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Equal And More Equal: Separatist Abkhazia's Passport Policy
Abkhazian residence permit and passport ( The following is a version of partner post written by Stella Adleyba that first appeared on the website OC Media. Ruslan Yaylyan, an ethnic Armenian from Abkhazia’s capital of Sukhum, told OC
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Parents, Students Threaten To Sue Bhutanese Employment Agency After ‘Learn And Earn’ Debacle In Japan
Many students became sick from physical and mental stress. There were also reports of forced labor, and passport theft and illegal wage deductions by employers in Japan.
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New Documentary Explores The Roots Of Myanmar’s Persecution Of The Rohingya Community
"I wish people in Myanmar see this film, since it is not only about Rohingya, it is about all ethnic minorities, who have faced persecution for years."
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Trinidad & Tobago Walks The Talk For World Conversation Day
For the first time, Trinidad and Tobago took part in World Conversation Day via a series of offline talks about topics from creativity to aging — all streamed online, of course.
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Hong Kong Anti-extradition Protesters Paralyze Government And Police Operations
Among the demands made by Hong Kong's anti-extradition protesters is an independent investigation of police brutality in relation to the clashes on June 12.
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Bangladeshi Surfer Girls Are Pushing Back Against Conservative Gender Norms
Surfing has not only allowed them to retain a piece of their childhood but they now confidently dream of securing a bright future for themselves – dignified jobs, a good education.
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For Albania And North Macedonia, Are The European Union's Doors Half-open Or Half-closed?
Both Western Balkan countries were hopeful for a positive outcome from the EU foreign ministers' meeting on June 18.
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Netizen Report: Lawyers Seek Court Challenge Against Ethio Telecom Over Internet Shutdown
Pakistani bloggers face threats for online speech, Algeria shuts down social media and Indonesian police say they’re "cyber patrolling" WhatsApp.
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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 defined.
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Is China Headed Towards Another Cultural Revolution?: An Interview With Professor Xu Youyu
"Justice has not been served to those who were killed, suppressed and jailed. Those who were exiled still can not return to their homeland."
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Hong Kong Police Remove ‘Riot’ Label From June 12 Protests, But Citizens Still Demand Justice
A coalition of civil society groups has called for an independent investigation into the excessive use of force by police during the June 12 protests.
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‘Is Vagina A Dirty Word?’ Ugandan Feminist Stella Nyanzi's Court Battle Continues
Nyanzi battles for her freedom of expression. Besides this case, Nyanzi still faces charges other charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication.
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I Won't Climb Everest: A Graphic Travel Journal (part One)
"From our eyes shine excitement and the (heavy) cultural baggage of the West around the legendary 'roof of the world'."
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Hong Kong Press Watchdog Calls For Investigation Into Police Abuse Against 26 Journalists During Protests
"Journalist watchdog recorded 10 cases of police officers firing tear gas bombs at close range towards reporters, 3 of whom were hit on the head."
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Public Pressure Forces Trinidad & Tobago Government To Drop Amendment To Freedom Of Information Act
"...people should be very proud of a democracy that obviously is quite healthy—that civil society came together quickly and comprehensively as it did, and that government was sufficiently responsive."
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Mozambicans Celebrate After The State's Infamous ‘Hidden Debts’ Are Declared Null
On 4 June, Mozambique’s Constitutional Council, declared null the guarantees from the Mozambican state for debts acquired by public companies following a petition by civil society organizations.
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On Displacement
"Displacement has no particular citizenship. It comes on a slow, malarial boat, or dropped from the sky on small islands buffeted by storms in the Caribbean, our common sea."
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Surprise Victories In The 2019 Midterm Philippine Elections Offer Hope To The Opposition
Despite being fiercely attacked by state-supported elements during the election season, the opposition succeeded in disrupting local political dynasties in some key cities.
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Demolition Of A 150-year-old Building Highlights Government Neglect Of Bangladesh's Heritage Sites
"The building had such remarkable designs which were rare to find in other buildings in the old parts of Dhaka. So [it] needed to be saved."
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‘Step Down, Carrie Lam!': Two Million Rise Up Once More Against Hong Kong Extradition Bill
Having flouted due process and ignored public criticism of an extradition bill amendment that could put Hongkongers at serious risk, Chief Executive Carrie Lam is paying the price.
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As Battle For Istanbul Reaches Fever Pitch, Turkey's Ruling Party Regrets Its Pop Culture Problem
As the clock ticks down on the rerun Istanbul municipal election, the tension is getting unbearable.
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Social Media Goes Blue For Sudan
"My people can not die in vain, cannot die in silence." Social media users turn their profiles blue in solidarity with Sudanese protesters calling for civilian rule in Sudan.
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Australia’s Digital Rights Advocates And Tech Sector Push Back Against Law Undermining Encryption
"The new legislation directly targets encryption and basically coerces developers, device manufacturers and service providers to allow the government to spy on people’s encrypted data."
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#JBF2019: Japan's Lego Brick Festival 2019 takes to Twitter
More than 270 Lego fans displayed their creations, and the thousands of people who attended Brickfest over the weekend shared photos on Twitter using the hashtag #JBF2019.
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Visas Now Required For Venezuelans As Trinidad And Tobago Concludes Migrant Registration Process
A group of protestors outside a registration centre in the nation's capital called for the "closure of the borders" of the twin-island nation.
Global Voices3 min readTech
Indonesia’s Post-election Riots Led To Free Speech Violations
"While we understand the government’s intention to stop the distribution of false information and protect the public, the decision has also inadvertently restricted public’s access to factual information."
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Netizen Report: Amid Demonstrations For Democracy, Sudanese Civilians Face Military Violence — And Internet Shutdowns
From Kazakhstan to Khartoum to Hong Kong, protests brought internet shutdowns and online attacks this week.
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In Hong Kong, Authorities Arrest The Administrator Of A Telegram Protest Group—and Force Him To Hand Over A List Of Its Members
A list of members of the group-- which numbers between 20,000 and 30,000 people--, as well as all the messages exchanged in the secure chat, have been exposed to the police.
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Bhutan Takes First Steps Toward Decriminalizing Homosexuality
The bill will be discussed in the National Council, the upper house of the parliament, during the upcoming winter session starting in November. Bhutanese activists eagerly await the results.
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