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DIY antennas are often placed in churches for better visibility, longer distance and better quality connections. Freifunk.net

DIY networking: the path to a more democratic internet

A more democratic internet is possible via personal and community networking. Find out how to build your own connection to the world.
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on tour by Grand Imam Ali Mustafa Yaqub at the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta in 2010. Adek Berry/Reuters

Goodbye Barack Obama, the first ‘Indonesian’ US president

Obama managed to build stronger rapport with many countries in Southeast Asia,but lacked foreign policy initiatives. China neatly plugged that gap.
Bhokul has faced the loss of her family’s land, and the loss of their income. Now climate change threatens her livelihood even more. Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson/UNU-EHS

This Bangladeshi woman can tell you how real climate change is

Meet Bhokal, who has already lost so much due to environmental disasters, and who needs the Paris agreement to be a success.
Rio’s new mayor, a former evangelical bishop, has called homosexuality a sin, but Rio is proud of its tolerance and diversity. Sergio Moraes/Reuters

Rio de Janeiro’s new evangelical mayor could threaten the city’s famed diversity

Famously freewheeling -- but also violent and unequal -- Rio de Janeiro has elected a right-wing former pentecostal bishop as mayor. What's at stake for this 'gay, black and tolerant' Brazilian city?
We’ve come a long way since the agreement was formed in 2015. Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Paris climate agreement enters into force: international experts respond

Experts agree that a new era for climate policy here. But the hard work starts now.
Donald Trump in New Mexico. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Populism and democracy: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?

Donald Trump is the latest example of populism's return to the global political landscape. Nine scholars from seven countries examine the link between populism and democracy.
Family members protest against the Mexican government’s inaction on the 43 students who disappeared in Ayotzinapa in 2014. Edgard Garrido/Reuters

In Mexico, the banality of so much violence

How to psychologically cope with living in a country with more fatalities than a war zone? For Mexicans, the response is increasingly detachment, depersonalisation, and adherence to daily routines.

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