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Stories about Governance

28 July 2017

As Kenyans Go to the Polls on August 8, Here Are the Things to Watch

The Bridge

After avoiding a repeat of 2007 with peaceful elections in 2013, "the odds this year appear once again stacked against the smooth running of the polls."

27 July 2017

What Do Election Results Signal About Women's Political Participation in Iran?

Iranian election results, although mixed, signal hope for an Iran where women’s voices matter on both national and local levels.

Vietnamese Activist Trần Thị Nga Sentenced to 9 Years for ‘Propaganda’

Global Voices Advocacy

The 40-year-old Trần Thị Nga, also known by her pen name “Thúy Nga,” is a prominent advocate for migrants and land rights.

In Uganda's Parliament, the Arc of the Moral Universe Bends Toward Sexism

The Bridge

"The parliament that once roared with socially progressive legislators...is now a circus where one can refer to imaginary studies to deny the experiences of victims of violence, with little opposition."

Is Free Basics Really Bringing More Africans Online? A Case Study From Ghana

Global Voices Advocacy

A group of Global Voices contributors tested the Free Basics app in six countries across the globe this spring. Here's what we found in Ghana.

26 July 2017

Hell on Earth in Chittagong: Floods Wreak Havoc in the City

"The waterlogging in Chittagong has worsened today. It seems nobody cares. God save everyone."

24 July 2017

Truths From the Front Lines of Climate Change in Europe’s Far North

"It should be about taking care of what we have left… It’s not only us Saami that pay the price. We will destroy our planet."

Ghana's Social Media Scene Opens New Spaces for Public Debate

"Today, Ghanaians on social media are quick to make permutations of what number of public schools, hospitals, roads and sanitised water systems could have been constructed..."

21 July 2017

With China Now the Top Market for Initial Public Offerings, One Economist Fears for Ordinary Investors

"To be honest, the Chinese stock market has become the tool of the state to make money."

Luxury Lifestyle of the Congolese President's Entourage Attracts Attention of French Investigators

"Between 2008 and 2011, several tens of millions of euros from the Congolese public purse are thought to have passed through offshore companies."

Thai Academics to Be Summoned by Military for Raising ‘Anti-Junta Placards’ at an International Conference

The Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights reminded authorities that the country's constitution does not forbid people from holding up placards.

20 July 2017

Dhaka Citizens Show Mayors Red Card for Failure to Control Mosquito-Born Diseases

"No, Mr. Mayor, nobody has called you to fix mosquito nets inside their homes. You were given the responsibility to kill mosquitoes so we don't require mosquito nets..."

19 July 2017

Poles Rally to Defend the Independent Judiciary From Ruling Party's Reforms

"Warsaw rally for #democracy and #ruleoflaw in #Poland continues... Candles symbolise hope for freedom and a better future."

In Bangladesh, Fear Drives Headline-Making Spate of Snake Killings

"The mainstream media is spreading the news with enthusiasm. This is leading to more people being interested in killing these animals."

18 July 2017

One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline

The Bridge

"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."

17 July 2017

The Venezuelan People's Vote of Rebellion

"Wherever we may be, Venezuelans just want to vote. Even when we have to organize the elections ourselves. To vote and vote, even if the government denies us the right."

Bangladesh's ICT Act Paved the Way for Hundreds of Lawsuits Over Online Speech

Global Voices Advocacy

There are currently 319 cases being heard in the courts under Bangladesh's notoriously broad ICT Act. Many of them involve lawsuits against journalists.

14 July 2017

Papua New Guinea Court Issues Gag Order Against Blogger Critical of Electoral Commissioner

Global Voices Advocacy

"Dear all, Since I have been restrained by the courts I will be tweeting this image daily until such time I am allowed to tweet freely."

12 July 2017

Myanmar’s Challenging Media Landscape, in Cartoons

Global Voices Advocacy

Cartoons published by The Irrawaddy over the course of four years— from 2014 to 2017—reflecting the media milestones and hardships experienced in Myanmar.

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