What do the symbols mean?
Each symbol represents a news article relating to human rights published about the country where the symbol is dropped. Symbols which appear bold (or almost black)
are those which have many articles referring to the country.
Wait, what counts as human rights?
A lot of things! Check out this sweet page to find out more what the definition of a human right is.
It might be related to refugees, free speech, having a livable environment, or a dozen other issues.
Where are these articles coming from?
All articles come from The Guardian and are tagged as "Human-Rights" articles. The Guardian is a UK publication with
offices around the world... it also had the best API to work with.
Why don't you use more sources?
After looking at how the map looks when you stretch it to the 'year' mark, I decided that adding more newsfeeds would confuse things.
This isn't meant to be comprehensive or a comparison between news sources, it's meant to show that human rights issues affect us globally.
Why aren't symbols linked to individual cities?
News articles usually don't publish geographic metadata with the articles (and if they do, they aren't sharing), so what I did was parse article titles for country names (and variations)
and when there's a match, the country in question gets a symbol. More matches = those darker, less defined symbols.
How do I find out more about a particular country and their relationship with human rights?
Go to Google and type in, "Human rights + country name" and see what you find!
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