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02.07.2020

Bangladesh: Repeal Abusive Law Used in Crackdown on Critics

Bangladesh: Repeal Abusive Law Used in Crackdown on Critics

Government Should End Spurious Charges, Pre-Trial Detention to Silence Dissent Bangladesh authorities are using the abusive Digital Security Act to harass and indefinitely detain activists, journalists, and others critical of the government and its political leadership, Human Rights Watch said today. The administration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed should immediately… »

01.07.2020

Politics in Times of Death

Politics in Times of Death

People don’t want to merely survive but would wish to resist the indignity of such a life. The way the pandemic has been handled across the globe, especially by authoritarian populist regimes, gives us very valuable clues into what politics and democracy will look like after Covid-19 has subsided. The… »

29.06.2020

The Scent of India

The Scent of India

In these times of social isolation due to coronavirus, my mind travels to India, where I once lived swathed in its jasmine perfume. I see its white sands; the sea that bathes its Goan beaches; the bluish red of its sky at dawn and the sound of mantras announcing the… »

28.06.2020

Bicolano Artists Unite Against Waste Incineration

Bicolano Artists Unite Against Waste Incineration

The Kurit-Lagting, a collective artistic collaboration of Bicolano artists from Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Masbate and Camarines provinces together with Sorsogon Arts Council and alternative media groups, Shoot-in-Action Multimedia and Quimlat Multimedia, expressed alarm and opposition on waste incineration projects around the globe through Twitter and Facebook last Friday, June 26,… »

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,… »

23.06.2020

Indo-China Skirmish: Media Fires at China but Opposition isn’t spared either

Indo-China Skirmish: Media Fires at China but Opposition isn’t spared either

By Abhay Kumar For the last few days the criticism of the Indian mainstream media — particularly the Hindi media — has been oscillating between China and the opposition parties. While earlier the media narrative trained guns at China for killing 20 Indian soldiers, the later narrative — synchronizing with… »

21.06.2020

Why India-China border clashes matter

Why India-China border clashes matter

By Zou Yue Chinese and Indian soldiers recently engaged in the most serious border clash since they fought a war in 1962, leaving casualties on both sides. CGTN’s Zou Yue says the focus should be on the restraint exercised by the two sides, but he describes the extreme domestic reaction… »

17.06.2020

China’s quantum satellite enables first totally secure long-range messages

China’s quantum satellite enables first totally secure long-range messages

In the middle of the night, invisible to anyone but special telescopes in two Chinese observatories, satellite Micius sends particles of light to Earth to establish the world’s most secure communication link. Named after the ancient Chinese philosopher also known as Mozi, Micius is the world’s first quantum communications satellite… »

08.06.2020

Hong Kong 2020 Commemoration of the Tiananmen Square Massacre In Pictures

Hong Kong 2020 Commemoration of the Tiananmen Square Massacre In Pictures

Defying a government ban, thousands of people in Hong Kong attended the traditional commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre and suppression of the Chinese Students’ democratic movement. For the first time in 31 years, Hong Kong authorities refused to grant a permit for the candlelight vigil traditionally held in Victoria… »

05.06.2020

Indigenous communities, land rights and Covid-19

Indigenous communities, land rights and Covid-19

Indigenous territories impacted by oil palm, mining and criminalisation are disproportionately affected by Covid-19 – yet still they support those most vulnerable. Food sovereignty within the Indigenous communities of the Indonesian archipelago is under threat, not least during a pandemic.  The Banten Kidul Indigenous Peoples are known for… »

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