‘Rebel’ candidates risk it all: Elections in Bangladesh

Explore the narratives of Bangladesh’s local electionsOriginally published on Global VoicesIllustration by Giovana Fleck Welcome to Undertones, the Civic Media Observatory newsletter! In each edition we’ll analyze an event, emerging trend, or a complex story, identifying key narratives of urgent public interest, delving deep into the context and subtext of local, vernacular and multilingual media. … Continue reading “‘Rebel’ candidates risk it all: Elections in Bangladesh”

Une ancienne prison secrète de la CIA bientôt en vente en Lituanie ?

Le gouvernement lituanien s’apprêterait à vendre un bâtiment suspecté d’avoir été une prison secrète de la CIA connue sous le nom de «Projet n°2» ou «Site de détention Violet», dans laquelle des détenus suspectés d’actes de terrorismes subissaient des «interrogatoires renforcés». Situé à Antaviliai, à vingtaine de kilomètres de Vilnius, la capitale lituanienne, le bâtiment de 1 … Continue reading “Une ancienne prison secrète de la CIA bientôt en vente en Lituanie ?”

Mourning the death of the Bengali author and publisher who opened a door to world literature

His spy series Masud Rana took Bengali readers by stormOriginally published on Global VoicesCollage of covers of books of Masud Rana. Created by the author. Fair use. Qazi Anwar Hussain, noted writer and creator of Bangladesh’s popular spy thriller series “Masud Rana” and the founder of an influential publishing house died on January 19, 2022 … Continue reading “Mourning the death of the Bengali author and publisher who opened a door to world literature”

“Pivot to Asia 2.0”: Will India and Pakistan Serve as “Pressure Valves” for Balancing New Cold War Tensions

All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the “Translate Website” drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). To receive Global Research’s Daily Newsletter (selected articles), click here. Visit … The post “Pivot to Asia 2.0”: Will India and Pakistan Serve as “Pressure Valves” for Balancing New Cold … Continue reading ““Pivot to Asia 2.0”: Will India and Pakistan Serve as “Pressure Valves” for Balancing New Cold War Tensions”

USAID Contractors Denounce Agency’s Betrayal of Thousands of Afghans Who Carried Out Its Mission

Last October, the top official at the United States Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, got on a call with the agency’s contractors in Afghanistan. Weeks earlier, the Afghan government that the U.S. had spent 20 years and $145 billion to build had capitulated to the Taliban in spectacular fashion. After the last U.S. troops had … Continue reading “USAID Contractors Denounce Agency’s Betrayal of Thousands of Afghans Who Carried Out Its Mission”

Australian town of Onslow hits record 50.7 degrees Celsius, as global warming rolls on relentlessly

Global ocean and air temperatures at record levelsOriginally published on Global VoicesOne prediction of where rising sea levels will end up at Cottesloe Beach, Perth Western Australia – Photo courtesy Flickr user go_greener_oz (CC BY-ND 2.0) When the coastal town of Onslow in Western Australia hit a record-setting 50.7 degrees Celsius (123.3 degrees Fahrenheit) on … Continue reading “Australian town of Onslow hits record 50.7 degrees Celsius, as global warming rolls on relentlessly”

Fans mourn Narayan Debnath, creator of the first Bengali comic-strip superhero

“Thank you for Nonte-Phonte, Handa-Bhonda, Batul the Great and much more.”Originally published on Global VoicesNarayan Debnath in his study. 2011. Image via Wikipedia by Bonyoraj. CC BY 3.0. Indian comics artist, writer and illustrator Narayan Debnath was perhaps not known in the international arena but he is hailed as the father of Bengali language comic … Continue reading “Fans mourn Narayan Debnath, creator of the first Bengali comic-strip superhero”

Police violently break up Afghan refugee protest in Indonesia

The refugees would like either citizenship or resettlementOriginally published on Global VoicesAfgan refugees in Indoneisa have been meeting to protest perceived inaction from the UNHCR. Refugees are calling for either Indonesian citizenship, or resettlement elsewhere. Image via YouTube. Content notice: This article contains mention of depression, suicide, and police violence. A peaceful protest of Afghan … Continue reading “Police violently break up Afghan refugee protest in Indonesia”

‘Rehmat’ or ‘zehmat’? Learning to cope with the trauma from rain in a Pakistani metropolis

Will I get to enjoy rain again in this lifetime?Originally published on Global VoicesIllustration by Gustavo Brigante. Image via Unbias The News, used with permission. This article was written by Zoya Anwer, edited by Zahra Salah Uddin and published originally in Unbias The News. An edited version is republished by Global Voices as part of … Continue reading “‘Rehmat’ or ‘zehmat’? Learning to cope with the trauma from rain in a Pakistani metropolis”

UN declares healthy environment a human right—now what?

This past fall, the United Nations Human Rights Council declared a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment to be a human right. (The US does not currently have a seat on the Council, and China, India, Japan and the Russian Federation all abstained from the vote.) Moreover, through a second Council resolution, the post of Special … Continue reading “UN declares healthy environment a human right—now what?”

Hong Kong extends tough Covid measures into Lunar New Year, inc. 6pm dine-in ban; cancels flower markets

By Hillary Leung and Peter Lee Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that current social distancing rules will be extended to cover Lunar New Year as the city continues to see a number of Covid-19 infections linked to imported cases. “I am aware that this will let a lot of people down because … Continue reading “Hong Kong extends tough Covid measures into Lunar New Year, inc. 6pm dine-in ban; cancels flower markets”

Covid-19 : Hong Kong interdit aux passagers de 153 pays de transiter par son aéroport

Ce 14 janvier, l’aéroport de Hong Kong a annoncé que les passagers aériens en provenance de 153 pays ne pourront plus transiter par la ville, afin de prévenir la propagation du Covid-19. Cette suspension, qui concerne tous les pays classés à «haut risque» sanitaire par les autorités hongkongaises – parmi lesquels figure la France – prendra effet le … Continue reading “Covid-19 : Hong Kong interdit aux passagers de 153 pays de transiter par son aéroport”

Heavy snowfall kills tourists at a hill station in Pakistan

“That they were not rescued in time reflects poor governance”Originally published on Global VoicesSnow in Murree, Punjab, Pakistan. Image from Flickr by Jannino. CC BY-NC 2.0. At least 23 people, including women and children, have died in cars that were stranded due to heavy snowfall in Murree and Nathia Gali hill stations just 66 km … Continue reading “Heavy snowfall kills tourists at a hill station in Pakistan”

Pakistan : une tempête de neige fait plusieurs morts coincés dans leurs véhicules

Au moins 21 personnes sont mortes au Pakistan, coincées dans un embouteillage monstre provoqué par la ruée de dizaines de milliers de visiteurs vers une ville de montagne où tombait une neige inhabituellement abondante, ont annoncé samedi les autorités. Le ministre de l’Intérieur, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, a indiqué que l’armée était mobilisée pour dégager les … Continue reading “Pakistan : une tempête de neige fait plusieurs morts coincés dans leurs véhicules”

Covid-19: Top Hong Kong gov’t official to be quarantined after 100-person birthday party for Chinese official

A top government official is to be sent to compulsory Covid-19 quarantine at Penny’s Bay after attending a birthday party on Monday for a Hong Kong delegate to China’s top legislature, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Thursday. Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui. Photo: RTHK screenshot.Lam – who was not wearing a mask – … Continue reading “Covid-19: Top Hong Kong gov’t official to be quarantined after 100-person birthday party for Chinese official”

Covid-19: Hong Kong tightens social distancing – bars, gyms, pools closed, dine-in ends 6pm

Hong Kong’s Covid-19 social distancing measures will be tightened over fears of a community outbreak, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Wednesday, as she said the city was on “the verge” of a fifth wave of infections. The decision came after Hong Kong recorded the first suspected “silent” local Covid-19 transmission in months on Tuesday. … Continue reading “Covid-19: Hong Kong tightens social distancing – bars, gyms, pools closed, dine-in ends 6pm”

Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-38

Fence along Durand Line separating Pakistan & Afghanistan  38. Blowback from Afghanistan  Reports of the recent period are indicative of tensions between the Taliban forces and the Pakistani military deployed on their border. On December 22, the Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi disclosed that the Taliban forces had stopped the Pakistani military from erecting … Continue reading “Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-38”

Des fuites révèlent qu’un vétéran des psyops contre la Syrie a « astroturfé » une influenceuse Youtube pour contrer les critiques des restrictions dues au Covid

Astroturf : terme américain. C’est une technique consistant en la simulation d’un mouvement spontané ou populaire pour manipuler l’opinion publique. Elle consiste à donner l’impression d’un sentiment majoritaire pour justifier une prise de position. Par Kit Klarenberg et Max Blumenthal –  Le 24 décembre 2021 – Source The Grayzone En recrutant secrètement la populaire influenceuse … Continue reading “Des fuites révèlent qu’un vétéran des psyops contre la Syrie a « astroturfé » une influenceuse Youtube pour contrer les critiques des restrictions dues au Covid”

Grande-Bretagne : près de 100 détenus pour terrorisme pourraient être libérés de manière anticipée

En Grande-Bretagne, des groupes d’experts étudient la possibilité de libérer prématurément près de 100 détenus incarcérés pour terrorisme. Parmi eux se trouvent des auteurs d’attentats et un néo-nazi ayant fabriqué une bombe artisanale, selon les informations de The Independent. La commission des libérations conditionnelles (Parole Board) examine actuellement 92 dossiers transmis par le ministre britannique de la Justice, … Continue reading “Grande-Bretagne : près de 100 détenus pour terrorisme pourraient être libérés de manière anticipée”

Agent of Hope: How One Woman’s Belief is Uplifting 1000s of Children in Kargil

For Stanzin Saldon, a 33-year-old social entrepreneur based out of Kargil who also goes by Shifah, conformity was never a strong suit. For as long as Saldon can remember, she always went with her heart and navigated through some rough waters with her independence intact. She dropped out of medical college to pursue a career … Continue reading “Agent of Hope: How One Woman’s Belief is Uplifting 1000s of Children in Kargil”

British Colonialism and How India and Pakistan Lost Freedom

Irony of Historic National Freedom and Unspoken Tyranny of Imperialism Do nations and civilizations grow out of the moral mire of military conquests, killings of innocent people, political cruelty and subjugation by imperialism? For more than 800 years, India as a Moghul Empire was an economically well integrated and politically viable entity and west European … Continue reading “British Colonialism and How India and Pakistan Lost Freedom”

World’s ‘Oldest’ Recorded Zero Symbol Is At Gwalior’s Chaturbhuj Temple

Every Indian history aficionado must have visited the cultural hub of Gwalior in the heart of the country. Once reigned by the Rajput dynasty of the Tomars, it was passed on to the Mughal empire under Babur’s rule in the early 16th century. The city was also home to musician and poet Tansen, one of … Continue reading “World’s ‘Oldest’ Recorded Zero Symbol Is At Gwalior’s Chaturbhuj Temple”

The Civic Media Observatory in 2021

We reflect on the Observatory in 2021Originally published on Global Voices 2021 was a big year for the Civic Media Observatory. Here’s a recap of our work. What do we do at the Civic Media Observatory? We identify and analyze how people construct and share narratives in media We explain the context and subtext underlying … Continue reading “The Civic Media Observatory in 2021”

How the Pursuit of Unknown Viruses Risks Triggering the Next Pandemic

“I can feel the fear — fear of infections,” Tian Junhua said as he gazed wide-eyed at a clump of bats clinging to the wall of a dark cave. “Because when you find the viruses, you are also most easily exposed to the viruses.” Tian, a researcher for the Wuhan Center for Disease Control who … Continue reading “How the Pursuit of Unknown Viruses Risks Triggering the Next Pandemic”

Humanitarian Exemptions to Crushing U.S. Sanctions Do Little to Prevent Collapse of Afghanistan’s Economy

When the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan in August, ceding to the Taliban, the country’s economy began a severe contraction — what the Financial Times calls “one of the worst economic meltdowns in history.” The sprawling crisis has left nearly 23 million people in extreme hunger, and at least 1 million children under the age of 5 … Continue reading “Humanitarian Exemptions to Crushing U.S. Sanctions Do Little to Prevent Collapse of Afghanistan’s Economy”

Noam Chomsky: US-China Cooperation Is Essential to Avert a New Cold War

Noam Chomsky: US-China Cooperation Is Essential to Avert a New Cold War Noam Chomsky Interviewed by C.J. Polychroniou December 22, 2021. Truthout. We live at a critical juncture in world history. In spite of immense progress in some areas of human civilization, the prospects of annihilation caused by interstate conflict among competing powers with unimaginably destructive … Continue reading “Noam Chomsky: US-China Cooperation Is Essential to Avert a New Cold War”

Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is a “Gang of Radical Sadists”

Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is a “Gang of Radical Sadists” An Interview with Noam Chomsky by David Barsamian October 14, 2021. Jacobin. Noam Chomsky needs no introduction. One of the most famous public intellectuals in the world, his bibliography is enormous and his contributions to the fight for a better world endless. In a recent … Continue reading “Noam Chomsky: The GOP Is a “Gang of Radical Sadists””

Damyanti Gupta’s Grit & Wit Made Ford Hire Her as Its First Female Engineer

In a period when women seldom took up job roles, Damyanti Gupta dreamt of an engineer position at Ford company and successfully earned it at the age of 25. Originally from Pakistan, Damyanti’s family migrated to India during the Partition. She was born in 1942 into the Hingorani family, who gave great importance to female … Continue reading “Damyanti Gupta’s Grit & Wit Made Ford Hire Her as Its First Female Engineer”

La question nucléaire iranienne: une diversion dans un monde privé de boussole

Le monde entier regarde désormais les négociateurs de Vienne qui se retrouvent ce lundi 27 décembre pour sauver l’accord du 14 juillet 2015. Se pourrait-il que la France dans l’Europe et l’Europe dans le monde proposent « un autre point d’équilibre dégagé de la rivalité entre les États-Unis et la Chine ? » La France dans l’Europe … Continue reading “La question nucléaire iranienne: une diversion dans un monde privé de boussole”

Isabgol More Than a Remedy for Constipation; It Helps With Diabetes & High Cholesterol

As many as 22 per cent of Indian adults complain of constipation, and 13 per cent of these report chronic symptoms, as per a press release by Abbott India for its Gut Health Survey. Constipation can be triggered due to multiple health reasons, including diabetes, hypothyroidism and anorectal disorders. It can also be caused due … Continue reading “Isabgol More Than a Remedy for Constipation; It Helps With Diabetes & High Cholesterol”

Epilogue sur le mouvement anti-mondialisation

Traduction d’un texte du collectif CrimeThinc qui analyse 22 ans après le blocage de l’OMC à Seattle ce que le mouvement qui a débuté à ce moment là peut nous apprendre aujourd’hui. Il y a 22 ans aujourd’hui, des anarchistes et d’autres manifestants ont réussi à bloquer et à fermer le sommet de l’Organisation mondiale … Continue reading “Epilogue sur le mouvement anti-mondialisation”

Le péril djihadiste gagne le Bangladesh

Marginalisés pour s’être compromis avec le Pakistan lors de la guerre de libération en 1971, les islamistes bangladais ont progressivement retrouvé leur influence. Certains sont passés à l’action violente. Les assassinats de personnalités athées et progressistes, puis l’attentat commis à Dacca cet été, (…) / Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Conflit, Islam, Religion, Terrorisme, Violence, Fondamentalisme – 2016/12

Emmanuel Razavi : « Les grands reporters sont de véritables piliers de l’information indépendante »

Emmanuel Razavi souhaite avec cet ouvrage porter la voix de ces grands reporters qui, tous les jours, sur le terrain, se mettent en danger pour nous rapporter une information précieuse sur des conflits à l’autre bout du monde. Des témoignages passionnants en guise d’hommage à l’information de terrain. Emmanuel Razavi, vous publiez ce qui peut … Continue reading “Emmanuel Razavi : « Les grands reporters sont de véritables piliers de l’information indépendante »”

Marie-Ève Malouines

De LCP-AN à la communication Un temps présidente de la Chaîne Parlementaire de l’Assemblée Nationale (LCP-AN), précédemment journaliste et chef du service politique intérieure de France Info, Marie-Ève Malouines est née en mai 1961 à Karachi (Pakistan). Auteur de cinq portraits de personnalités (dont deux consacrés à Ségolène Royal) et présentée le plus souvent comme … Continue reading “Marie-Ève Malouines”

Ukraine Buildup Is a Feint. But Russian Missiles Are Going Up Off the American Coast

The release a couple of days ago on the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs website of its draft treaties to totally revise the European security architecture has been picked up by our leading mainstream media. The New York Times lost no time posting an article by its most experienced journalists covering Russia, Andrew Kramer and Steven Erlanger: “Russia Lays … Continue reading “Ukraine Buildup Is a Feint. But Russian Missiles Are Going Up Off the American Coast”

Afghanistan : Les talibans recommencent à délivrer des passeports

Les talibans ont annoncé hier la reprise, dès aujourd’hui, de la délivrance de passeports à Kaboul, offrant un espoir de pouvoir quitter prochainement leur pays à de nombreux Afghans, rapporte l’AFP. «La délivrance des passeports commencera demain dans trois régions, y compris à Kaboul», a déclaré à la presse le chef du service afghan des … Continue reading “Afghanistan : Les talibans recommencent à délivrer des passeports”

Les talibans au cœur de la déstabilisation régionale

Cette situation de guerre et de chaos qui perdure depuis maintenant vingt ans en Afghanistan a fini par s’étendre au-delà des frontières poreuses du pays et par polariser la région tout entière : le Pakistan et l’Arabie saoudite appuient les talibans, tandis que l’Iran, la Russie, l’Inde et quatre (…) / Afghanistan, Asie centrale, Pakistan, … Continue reading “Les talibans au cœur de la déstabilisation régionale”

Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-37

Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi arrives at Islamabad Airport, Pakistan, December 18, 2021 37. When are the Indians returning?  A big international spectacle is slated to be staged in Islamabad tomorrow regarding Afghanistan with the attendance of foreign ministers from the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC). The participants also include special invitees … Continue reading “Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-37”

Undertones: Online violence in Myanmar, Pakistan’s smog cover-up

Dynamics of power in Myanmar and Pakistan, online and offline.Originally published on Global VoicesA protest in Myanmar against the military coup on 14-Feb-2021/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0) Welcome to Undertones, the Civic Media Observatory newsletter! In each edition we analyze an event, emerging trend, or a complex story, identifying key narratives of urgent public interest, delving … Continue reading “Undertones: Online violence in Myanmar, Pakistan’s smog cover-up”

La précarité menstruelle en Afrique subsaharienne : une question taboue

Chaque jour, dans le monde, environ 800 millions de femmes et de filles ont leurs règles. Un tiers d’entre elles n’ont pas accès à de l’eau propre, à des toilettes privées, décentes et qui leur sont adaptées, ni à des protections pour vivre cette période avec dignité. La question de la précarité menstruelle, c’est-à-dire de la … Continue reading “La précarité menstruelle en Afrique subsaharienne : une question taboue”