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· September, 2016

Stories about Elections from September, 2016

30 September 2016

An Iranian-Canadian Academic Is Released, but Iran's Crackdown on Women's Rights Activists Continues

Efforts to increase women's participation in February's parliamentary elections were met with a campaign of repression from hardline institutions in Iran.

French Diversity Raises an Eyebrow at Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘Our Ancestors Are the Gauls’ Declaration

"When you're six years old and you read that your ancestors were Gauls, with fair hair and blue eyes... it wasn't only us who giggled, it was the teacher, too.”

29 September 2016

Azerbaijan Holds a Referendum Marred by Violations. Does Anyone Care Anymore?

The changes passed further boost the powers of the hereditary dictatorship overseen by the ruling Aliyev family.

25 September 2016

Allegations of Rigged Ethnic Hungarian Voting in Croatia’s Latest Election

The number of people who registered to vote as ethnic Hungarians dramatically increased between Croatia's last two elections. Why?

23 September 2016

How an ‘American Spy’ May Have Exposed Russian Election Fraud

RuNet Echo

Depending on how you interpret the numbers, it’s possible that a journalist from Reuters managed to reveal what real elections in Russia last Sunday would have looked like.

22 September 2016

A Toxic Mix of Illegal Logging and Corruption Is Devastating Europe’s Last Primeval Forests

The documentary film “Clear Cut Crime” shows the toxic effects of collusion between illegal logging and politicians in Romania and Ukraine.

16 September 2016

The Bitter Aftertaste Left by Donald Trump's Visit to Mexico

US presidential candidate Donald Trump made a short visit to Mexico’s capital last month for a private meeting with President Enrique Peña claiming a high cost for the president.

15 September 2016

Ghanaian President Vows Not to Shut Down Social Media During Elections

Advox

Ghanaian president John Mahama has assured the nation that social media will not be shut down during elections due to take place on December 7.

14 September 2016

Macedonia’s Amazing Disappearing Interior Minister

Macedonian politicians appoint a placeholder crony to ensure that party loyalists get the Interior Ministry's top positions ahead of snap parliamentary elections.

13 September 2016

How Beijing Manipulates Legislative Elections in Hong Kong

Mainland China is doing its best to rig Hong Kong democracy, but risks a popular backlash in the process.

10 September 2016

French Politicians Say the Darndest Things About Colonialism

You'll find little in common between François Fillon, the former French prime minister, and Dorcas Dienda, a current contestant in the “Miss DRC” beauty pageant. But that being said...

Apparently, Being Pro-China in Hong Kong Is No Guarantee Against Political Threats From Beijing

"I don’t know how they knew, including people very close to my family circle, important friends who support me...they read them out one by one, I started to feel afraid."

8 September 2016

Hong Kong Lawmaker Receives Death Threat Four Days After Being Elected

NGOs are condemning the persecution of Chu and urging the police to put an end to political violence that threatens the rule of law and freedom of speech.

Netizen Report: With Gabon's Internet Shutdown, Activists Confront Challenges of Circumventing Censorship

Advox

Bhutan makes headlines in Facebook defamation case, Paraguay uses censorship to protect children from the Internet, and Iran enters talks with French telco Orange.

6 September 2016

Hong Kong Voters Elect Pro-Democracy Legislators to Defend the City's Autonomy From China

Despite a massive push by the pro-China establishment to influence the vote, Hong Kong's opposition won three more seats than in 2012.

3 September 2016

Another Contested Election in Gabon Sparks Civil Unrest

Clashes between police forces and protesters have erupted, following accusations of rigged elections in Gabon.

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