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Australian government ‘mute’ on more ambitious plan to address climate crisis

School climate rally Brisbane March 2019 – Photo courtesy Flickr user School Strike 4 Climate Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)The Australian government continues...

In Azerbaijan, pandemic restrictions pose unique obstacles for people with disabilities

“COVID-19 and disability in Indonesia” by ILO in Asia and the Pacific is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 In September 2020, Azerbaijan's Ministry of Labor...

Experts warn Turkey’s ambitious Istanbul Kanal will result in environmental destruction—and open a geopolitical can of worms

The proposed Kanal Istanbul project would split Istanbul's European continent by a 45km long shipping canal joining the Black Sea to the Marmara, and...

Crumbling infrastructure and oxygen shortage hit India’s Covid-19 response

Image by Raam Gottimukkala from Pixabay. Used under a Pixabay License. More than 2,000 people have died of Covid-19 in a single day in India. On...

European Court backs Ukrainian journalist’s right to phone data privacy from the state

Natalia Sedletska hosts Schemes, an investigative TV programme jointly produced by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and Ukrainian Public Television. Photo courtesy of RFE/RL Pressroom. The European...

Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp wants to ‘get rid of’ pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily

Pro-Beijing Wen Wei Po's full-page feature calling for an investigation on pro-democracy media outlets for “spreading fake news”. Screen capture via Twitter user Galileo...

A Namibian couple’s battle to bring home twin daughters born via surrogacy

A photo of Phillip Lühl (right) and his husband Guillermo Delgado with their family. Photo sourced from their petition page with permission. A Namibian high...

How Azerbaijan’s government abused Facebook’s loopholes—for years

Photo by Alex Haney, Unsplash. https://unsplash.com/photos/AGqzy-Uj3s4 A series of recent reports by the British newspaper The Guardian revealed that Azerbaijani officials have been persistently abusing loopholes on...

Feminist activist in Russia faces prison term for ‘body-positive’ drawings

“My body is not pornography!” reads the protester's placard. “Is this an Article 242?” wonders the policeman. Article 242 of Russia's Criminal Code criminalizes...

LIVE on April 22—Myanmar: Coup & civil disobedience

Graphic of soldiers and civilians by Badiucao. Used with permission. The Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s military, staged a coup on February 1. Two-plus months later, hundreds have...

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‘Nothing is braver than a trans woman unafraid to die in order to live’

Photograph by the author, Lucía Jiménez Peñuela, used with permission Once upon a time, a girl was born. But only when she became an adult...

Germany recognizes colonial-era genocide in Namibia, but survivors say it’s not enough

Protesting the Herero and Nama Namibian genocide in Germany. Image by Uwe Hiksch, March 22, 2012, (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)After more than a century of...

Laos social media task force: Will it target ‘fake news’ or censor online criticism?

A computer user in Laos. Flickr photo by jonrawlinson. (CC BY 2.0)Civil society groups in Southeast Asia are pushing back against the Laos government’s...

Mexican registry for cell phone users sparks privacy concerns

Photo by Kristin Hardwick at stocksnap, under public domain.Mexico has approved a plan to register biometric data, names, and addresses of cell phone users in...

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