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Stories about Governance

24 January 2019

Old age, hate speech, press freedom: Critical issues in Nigeria's 2019 presidential elections

Amid the cacophony of Nigeria's electoral campaigns — both online and offline — here are the key issues that may get lost in the noise in this year's elections.

23 January 2019

Kazakh leader's grandson complains he is passportless after stint in ‘private Russian jail’

Aisultan Nazarbayev has a history of surprising compatriots with sensational social media posts.

22 January 2019

Azerbaijani prosecutors drop controversial charges against political prisoner

Activists cheered the concession as a victory of people power.

20 January 2019

Tobago's tourism industry faces setback as Sandals hotel chain walks away from a deal

Talks broke down on a major deal for a Sandals resort in Tobago. Environmentalists see it as a win, but tourism has to swallow its disappointment and press on.

18 January 2019

Correspondence between Arundhati Roy and Shahidul Alam shares resilience and hope

"...the tide will turn, and the nameless, faceless people will rise. They will rise against the entire state machinery."

17 January 2019

Has Kyrgyzstan's new fine for spitting violated the country's ‘social contract'?

"If you don't touch us, we won't touch you."

Meet Nigeria's presidential candidates of 2019

The race is on for Aso Rock — the seat of Nigeria's presidency. Meet the 2019 presidential candidates.

14 January 2019

Protests condemn another election delay in Thailand

Thai students turned to Twitter and activists organized protests after the military-backed government announced another delay in the holding of elections.

10 January 2019

First transgender pride march hopes to shatter stereotypes in Pakistan

The first transgender pride march seeks to change stereotypes and demand rights.

8 January 2019

Azerbaijanis pressure government to #FreeMehman after blogger endures 12 days on hunger strike

Advox

Young, popular and politicized, video blogger Mehman Huseynov is a classic target of the Azerbaijani government's crackdown on civil society.

5 January 2019

As international factory safety group ordered to leave Bangladesh, garment workers fear return to deadly work conditions

In April 2013, a garments factory collapse at the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, left 1,134 people dead. The tragedy exposed the lack of safety of Bangladesh's garment industry,...

31 December 2018

The Yellow Vest movement in France: What's at stake?

"Every time I read about the 'Yellow Vests' in the media, I feel like there is a lack of information, sources and perspectives on this complex topic."

29 December 2018

To cast their votes on December 30, Bangladeshis will need to overcome many obstacles

Among the difficulties faced by voters are a ban on all unauthorized motorized public and private transportation and a complete shutdown of mobile Internet service.

28 December 2018

2018 across sub-Saharan Africa: Our favorite stories of epic change and transformation

From long-time leaders stepping down to citizens rising up, a cautious hope surges alongside the continuous struggle. Here are our favorite stories from across Africa in 2018.

Bangladesh braces for fiercely contested parliamentary election amidst opposition crackdown

On December 30, Bangladesh will hold its 11th parliamentary election to determine the 299 elected members of Jatiya Sangsad who will lead the country for the next five years.

27 December 2018

Venezuelans shudder at news of biometric ID deal with Chinese tech giant

Advox

The Reuters report that revealed the role of Chinese company ZTE in Venezuela shook the networks but surprised just a few.

23 December 2018

Madagascar's land defenders call for a comprehensive framework to protect Malagasy rights

"It is crucial that these communities know that they are not alone in their fight and that other citizens support their cause."

The untold tragedy of 28 Mauritanian soldiers executed on Independence Day

"Great nations ... never try to erase a dark episode out of their history, but instead, show it to the world for everyone to remember and say 'NEVER AGAIN'."

The last residents of a dying Armenian village

Economic pressures and isolation have left one of Lernagyugh's two remaining families on the verge of leaving.

22 December 2018

China's campaign against Christmas makes celebrating a difficult choice for citizens

"Are all these measures to enhance and promote Chinese culture or a sign of losing confidence on one’s own culture?"

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