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18
JUN

International report - Mexico Pt2: Women take to self-defence classes to defend themselves

In Mexico, self-defense lessons are becoming increasingly popular among women. Providing more than just physical techniques, they address the reality of living as a woman in a country where they face increasing violence.  In the second report of a 4 part series, Alix Hardy went to a class in Mexico to meet the women who have decided to take their own security in charge. Click the 'play' button above to listen or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'RFI international report'.
17
JUN

International report - Mexico Pt1: Young women struggling to survive in Ecatepec

When you are seventeen, meeting your friends and escaping your parents’ control is usually a major occupation. But that’s not the way it goes for young girls in Ecatepec, a tentacular municipality neighbouring the capital, Mexico city. In the first of a four-part series on the problems facing women in Mexico, Alix Hardy has this report from Mexico City.

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16
JUN

International report - Forensic experts strive to identify victims of Argentina's dictatorship

Mourning loved ones is a difficult task, even more so when the family of the deceased has no body to bury. Between 1976 and 1983, during the military dictatorship in Argentina, thousands of people disappeared, mostly young political dissidents whose bodies were never found.

For 35 years now, the Argentine forensic anthropology team has tried to identify the remains of the victims, using, among other techniques, DNA samples.

The NGO, which still has around 600 bodies left to identify, started a campaign on social media to ask families of Argentina’s missing to reach out.

Correspondent Aude Villiers-Moriamé has this report from Buenos Aires in Argentina.

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13
JUN

International report - Turkish artist draws attention to the disappeared

Turkish artist Anil Olcan spent a year finding images of Turkey’s “disappeared” people in order to exhibit them as a way of marking that they existed. Rights groups say most of the people in question disappeared during the 1990s as part of the Turkish State's war against Kurdish separatists. Some see art as a way of helping people see what might otherwise just be abstract facts and policies.

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11
JUN

International report - Liberals fear Modi's government may threaten India's secular tradition

Liberals in India fear that a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi might prompt a decisive turn against the country’s secular traditions. They base their concern on the direction taken by Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since taking power in 2014.

Intellectuals cite repeated instances of banning books as well as threats and assassinations as a sign of growing attempts by right-wing fringe elements to curtail freedoms and impose their ideologies on others.

In the second and last part of the series on anxious Muslims in India, Murali Krishnan looks at the cycle of hate-mongering by Hindu groups.

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11
JUN

International report - Living as a Muslim in the India of Narendra Modi's BJP

Riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity and a wave of nationalism, the right-wing Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP was voted back into power in India’s recent elections, with an increased majority.

The party won over 300 of the 543 seats in parliament, in what is being hailed as "a historic mandate".

The win makes Modi the first non-Congress party prime minister to return to power after a full five-year term.

But the party’s return to power has exacerbated the fears of India’s 190 million Muslims, who represent roughly 14 percent of the country’s 1.3 billion population.

Under this government, some minorities like the low caste Dalits feel their worries have increased, while their space to express their unease has diminished.

Murali Krishnan examines the implications of the BJP win in the first of a two-part series.

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07
JUN

International report - Who puts on the best Christmas market in Germany?

German towns and cities have for decades competed at this time of the year to put on the best Weinachtsmarkt or Christmas market.

The capital, Berlin, has more than 60 of them, spread through its many neighborhoods, and all appear to be doing a roaring trade in mulled vine and currywurst sausages.

The Christmas markets bring in billions of euros in tourism revenue, which has led many towns to try new and old techniques to attract more visitors.

Nik Martin visited one market, which has for many years done away with 21st century comforts like electricity, and is instead lit by candlelight and oil lamps.

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07
JUN

International report - Women mechanics grease the wheels of change in Senegal

In Senegal, gender norms are being defied in the conservative country at the country’s first female garage.

At Femme Auto, the only garage that has made employing female mechanics a priority, around half the staff today are women.

But due to a shortage of qualified women, male mechanics are hired to make up the numbers.

But none of the women there would have even considered a job poking around under a car bonnet, if it hadn’t been for its founder, Ndeye Coumba Mboup.

Emanuelle Landais went to meet her and her team.

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05
JUN

International report - Looking into the future of urban mobility

Emerging technologies and growing environmental concerns are changing the way we travel.

Exciting new concepts like autonomous electric cars and drones are now on the verge of entering the mainstream.

Dhananjay Khadilkar takes a look at some of these technologies that provide a glimpse into the future of mobility.

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04
JUN

International report - Int Report Ramadan prices

Tunisians have got through the Muslim month of Ramadan, struggling with a tangible rise in the prices of food products because some suppliers have exploited an opportunity for speculation.

This situation has put an additional burden on families already facing high inflation and the depreciation of the Dinar.

Alessandra Bajec has this report from Tunis.

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03
JUN

International report - India's Congress party reviews Rahul Gandhi's defeats

In India, a second straight electoral defeat for Rahul Gandhi has raised doubts about his status as the primary opposition leader.

The loss has also weakened the Nehru-Gandhi clan which has produced three of India's 14 prime ministers.

The dynasty's Congress paryt faces extinction before the tide of right-wing Hindu resurgence that is sweeping through India.

Vikram Roy has this report from Delhi, narrated by Michael Fitzpatrick.

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