Malaysian film banned for LGBT and government-mocking storylines
- Banglasia, directed by Malaysian YouTube star Namewee, was banned by the government for “mocking national security issues” and highlighting “negative sociocultural lifestyles such as lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT).”
- The film focuses on a diverse group of people overcoming their differences and took comedic aim at controversial political events from Malaysia’s history.
- A Kickstarter campaign to recoup lost finances and secure an Internet release for the film stalled.
“Ministry: ‘Banglasia’ film banned for ridiculing national security, promoting LGBT” (The Malay Mail)
“Malaysian film promoting LBGT rights banned for ‘mocking national security’” (The Guardian)
Banglasia trailer (YouTube)
Hair and Hope for Palestine’s Cancer Victims
teleSUR English profiles an effort by the Aid and Hope Program to provide Palestinian women who have experienced hair loss during cancer treatment with wigs. With cancer the second-leading cause of death in Gaza, the campaign, entitled Be Beautiful, addresses the physiological and psychological effects of chemotherapy among the many afflicted women.
View the video on teleSUR English’s YouTube channel.
Parenting Autistic Children in South Africa
In South Africa, parents of children on the autism spectrum struggle to find support as they attempt to manage the difficulties of parenting children with special needs. Part one of an SABC News special report highlights challenges facing both children and parents, including abandonment, institutionalization, symptom management, controversial treatments, and a lack of resources in the country.
View the video on the SABC Digital News YouTube channel.
New Mexico university recruits undocumented students as student activists continue to fight for reform
- Silver City–based Western New Mexico University has begun an outreach program to recruit undocumented students, a group known as DREAMers after the proposed legislation providing a path to citizenship through higher education or military service.
- Undocumented students face uncertain prospects for higher education because of their status, with financial aid restrictions and legal precarity constraining their prospects.
- As colleges face declining enrollments, undocumented students have seen their appeal to admissions offices increase, while students across the country fight for visibility and legal reform.
“New Mexico College Seeks Immigrant Students in US Illegally” (AP via ABC News)
“Undocumented students come out of the shadows” (USA Today)
“The Folly of Under-Educating the Undocumented” (The Atlantic)
U.K. faces refugee surge as France continues Calais camp dismantlement
- France has begun evicting an estimated 3,500 refugees from the makeshift camp outside of Calais, one of the most prominent symbols of refugee marginalization across Western Europe.
- U.K. border officials have discovered refugees coming from France in trucks as part of a surge in those attempting to reach the U.K., including an increase in unaccompanied minors.
- Refugees pay high prices graded by their means to smugglers, who face comparatively lax screenings of their trucks.
“Calais camp demolitions ‘forcing more refugees to make crossing to UK’” (The Guardian)
“As France Razes Calais Camp, Some Ask Where Migrants Will Go” (The New York Times)
“Clashes break out as France begins clearing Calais migrant camp” (Reuters)
(Image Credit: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters, via The Guardian)
Brussels bombings claims victims from some 40 countries
- The IS-connected airport and subway bombings in the Belgian capital has left 31 dead and 316 injured to date.
- Victims have been identified from countries including China, France, India, the Netherlands, Peru, the U.K., and the U.S.
- Identification has proven difficult given the attack of heavily international bloodlines in the city, as both the open nature of the attacked spaces and the international effort required to obtain material needed for identification slow efforts.
“Brussels bombings claim casualties from over 40 countries” (Reuters)
“Here Are The Victims Of The Brussels Attacks” (BuzzFeed News)
“Brussels attacks victims may not be identified for weeks” (The Guardian)
(Image Credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty, via The Guardian)