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Stories about Governance

10 February 2016

River Communities in Mexico Still Don't Trust Their Drinking Water Following a Mining Spill

The populations affected by the worst environmental disaster in the history of Mexico obtained an important victory after a judge ordered new studies due to the risk of contaminated water.

9 February 2016

“A Good Day for the Internet Everywhere”: India Bans Differential Data Pricing

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Indian Telecom Regulatory Authority bans differential data pricing and Facebook's large plans for Free Basics come to an end.

5 February 2016

Meet Brazil's (Literally) Most Sung Hero: The Japanese Federale

“Oh my God, I'm done for. The Japanese Federale is knocking at my door.”

Did Argentina’s New President Just Arrest His First Political Prisoner?

Officially, Sala was arrested on two charges: “inciting criminal behavior” and spreading “disorder” by lobbying cooperatives to oppose the governor's reforms by resisting the state's new requirements.

4 February 2016

Malaysia's ‘Toxic’ Politics Are Similar to ‘Game of Thrones’, Says Prime Minister's Brother

"The future terrifies me: I just can't see how our institutions can recover, how our political atmosphere can become less toxic, how our international reputation can be repaired."

3 February 2016

ISPs Take Kremlin to Court Over Online Surveillance

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“We’ve found a couple of brave providers that are ready to come with us on a crusade against SORM,” announced Leonid Volkov, co-founder of the Society for Defending the Internet.

2 February 2016

No Smoking Please, We're Turkmen

"Bans, bans, and bans. People cannot do anything on their own these days."

1 February 2016

The Dangerous and Complex Reality of Women Who Join Central American Gangs

"...I thought it was the best way that people could defend themselves, by being on the strong side rather than the weak one."

Lampedusa's ‘Lioness’ Giusi Nicolini Wins the 2016 Simone de Beauvoir Award

The 2016 “Simone de Beauvoir Prize" has been awarded to Giusi Nicolini, mayor of Lampedusa and Linosa. She has been called "lioness" “for her brave actions in favour of refugees”

28 January 2016

Raising the Roof on Trinidad & Tobago's Housing Scandal

Trinidad and Tobago's state housing allocations are allegedly fraught with corruption, leaving the most economically vulnerable, which the Housing Development Corporation is meant to prioritise, without places to call home.

Court Ruling Reignites Hope That White Collar Crime Could Actually Be Punished in Trinidad & Tobago

"With respect to the recent ruling at the Privy Council, the simple outcome is that persons who are charged with criminal offences will be made to face a trial."

26 January 2016

Childrearing Traditions and Weak Policing Are Failing Armenia’s Abused Children

Domestic violence against children continues to be overlooked and underreported in Armenia. One group of activists is doing what it can to raise awareness.

25 January 2016

Is ISIS Trying To Manipulate the Crypto Debate? Tech Experts Debunk Encrypted Email Video

Global Voices Advocacy

ISIS releases a new video that aims to play into fears over encrypted communication.

Meet the Thai Facebook User Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for Insulting the Monarchy

Global Voices Advocacy

"It made me question why Thailand is still so poor, and why the poor in Thailand are so repressed.”

The Russian Government ‘Embraces’ Transparency

RuNet Echo

Russia is finally embracing transparency—so long as it poses no threat to political stability, writes Andrei Jvirblis in this openDemocracy Russia overview of the Kremlin's open government efforts.

24 January 2016

Salt and Loathing in St. Petersburg

RuNet Echo

What has in the past helped defeat French legions and German divisions is also an ordinary concern for Russians. Usually, there's little cause for celebration, when considering the Russian winter.

23 January 2016

The Only Hero in Russia Who Isn't Named Putin

RuNet Echo

While Ramzan Kadyrov isn’t Russia’s president, he is far more than a mere regional figure, and the past few weeks have offered only the latest evidence of his “talents.”

21 January 2016

‘Hands Off Our Privacy': Polish Citizens Speak Out Against Surveillance Law

Poland's parliament adopted a surveillance law that would give authorities fast access to citizens' Internet and telecommunication usage data, without prior approval from a judge.

A New Wave of Protests Sweeps São Paulo Against Public Transportation Fare Hikes

One study found that public transport in 21 Brazilian cities are among the most costly in the world in relation to average salary, outranking London, Tokyo and New York.

An AIDS Epidemic Is Decimating the Indigenous Warao Community in Venezuela

The figures are clear evidence that what is happening in Venezuela’s Orinoco Delta is an epidemic—an epidemic that is threatening the survival of an entire indigenous people.

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