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17.05.2020

Monumental differences: Prague, Moscow trade barbs over World War Two

Monumental differences: Prague, Moscow trade barbs over World War Two

As one ‘liberator’ vanishes from sight, another is on the rise The buildup to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, marked earlier this month, has exacerbated a longstanding row about how contested historical figures should be perceived in both the Czech Republic and Russia. In Prague,… »

13.05.2020

China to its anxious youth: ‘Believe us, things are better in your day!’

China to its anxious youth: ‘Believe us, things are better in your day!’

A propaganda video addressing the country’s “back wave” triggered a backlash Chinese officials are keen to make the country’s younger generation feel fortunate for what it has, and it isn’t difficult to see why. The post-90s generation is the least happy among all age groups in… »

01.05.2020

Russians under lockdown (re)create famous artworks online

Russians under lockdown (re)create famous artworks online

The Izoizolyatsiya Facebook group has become a national obsession In 1868, Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote that “beauty will save the world.” A hundred and fifty years later, that remains to be seen; but one thing’s for certain — it can definitely distract us from the world outside during a global pandemic. »

21.04.2020

Russians launch mass virtual protests using satnav application

Russians launch mass virtual protests using satnav application

A wave of “digital protests” strikes a country under lockdown Russia is the midst of a strict COVID-19 lockdown. Although protesters cannot take to the streets, they are still holding mass demonstrations — digitally. Today, residents of the southern city of Rostov-on-Don gathered outside the local government building to protest the… »

11.04.2020

Quarantined Argentine women protest spike in femicides from their windows

Quarantined Argentine women protest spike in femicides from their windows

Misogynistic violence isn’t under quarantine. Argentina was 10 days into mandatory quarantine as a preventive measure against COVID-19 when women joined forces to protest against the increase in reports of gender-based violence during the lockdown. On… »

07.04.2020

#NiñasNoMadres: Argentines protest against the forced pregnancy of young girls

#NiñasNoMadres: Argentines protest against the forced pregnancy of young girls

‘A pregnant girl is a raped girl’ Written by Romina Navarro The only jurisdictions in Latin America where abortion is legal on request are Cuba, Uruguay, and a few states in Mexico. In Argentina, abortion is legal… »

02.04.2020

Belarusian women turn to self-defence in battle against domestic violence

Belarusian women turn to self-defence in battle against domestic violence

Written by Hanna Liubakova Wen-Do, the women’s self-defence technique, has a growing following in Minsk On an early Saturday morning some 15 women gather in one of the ubiquitous, grey, three-story buildings in the outskirts of Minsk, capital of Belarus. There are coffee and snacks… »

30.03.2020

Algeria’s crackdown on dissent persists with detention of journalists

Algeria’s crackdown on dissent persists with detention of journalists

Arresting journalists is a ‘pretext’ to punish and silence More than a year since the start of Algeria’s countrywide protest movement demanding political and economic reforms, the government continues to resort to repressive tactics to silence critics and journalists covering the protests. On March 15, a court in Algiers, the capital,… »

24.03.2020

Croatia’s earthquake risk disrupting partial lockdown amid COVID-19 outbreak

Croatia’s earthquake risk disrupting partial lockdown amid COVID-19 outbreak

A series of tremors hit the Croatian capital Zagreb on early Sunday morning on March 22, leaving at least 27 people injured, one critically, and widespread damage to old buildings in the historic center. The epicenter was registered at seven kilometers north of Zagreb at a 5.3… »

19.03.2020

St Petersburg firm creates online bar for self-isolating Russians

St Petersburg firm creates online bar for self-isolating Russians

As the country registers its first death, more Russians are staying indoors Written by Maxim Edwards A resourceful Russian firm has launched a bar to allow lonely extroverts some relief from self-isolation — online. Increasing numbers of Russians are opting for self-isolation after confirmed coronavirus cases rise steeply. At… »

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