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Stories about Governance

21 April 2017

Students Protest in Kashmir Amidst School Closures and Mobile Internet Blocking

"Where in the world are student protests crushed with such force & brutality, pellets & tear gas shells rain today many got injured"

Marine Le Pen's Comments on the Vel d'Hiv Roundup During WWII Reawaken France's Painful Past

"The victims of #veldhiv have been pulled from eternal rest to serve as a tool in the electoral plot of infamous politicians without brains or morals."

20 April 2017

Surveillance, Privacy and the Right to Know: A Delicate Imbalance in Hong Kong

Global Voices Advocacy

Hong Kong has strong legal protections against telephone surveillance, but scant protections for Internet-based communication.

18 April 2017

Sri Lanka's Tragic and Totally Avoidable Disaster

Years ago, officials planned to decommission the Meethotamulla garbage dump and convert it into a “beautiful place.” But it never happened and now locals find themselves confronting their worst fears.

In Turkey, There's No Room for Maybe Anymore

Erdogan got his way - by a whisker - and isn't in the mood to compromise. Neither is the opposition.

11 April 2017

Are Trinidad & Tobago Police Actively Investigating the President's Housing Allowance Like They Said They Would?

One netizen asks if there's a link between the country's top cop and the president, whether the police began their promised investigation and if so, can its findings be trusted?

10 April 2017

Russia Blocks Walkie-Talkie App Zello As Truckers Strike

RuNet Echo

Russia's media regulator has announced plans to block Zello, a mobile push-to-talk app that Russia's long-haul truckers are using to organize protests—including to coordinate an ongoing three-week strike.

Facebook Among First 100 Companies to Pay Russia's ‘Google Tax’

RuNet Echo

On Sunday, the Russian newspaper Vedemosti reported that Facebook will pay the so-called "Google tax," an 18 percent value added tax (VAT) on foreign companies selling electronic content.

9 April 2017

In Madagascar, People Remember One of the Deadliest French Colonial Wars in History

"...I would just like to spare a thought for all the families who know that they paid a price in spilled blood for the country..."

7 April 2017

One Day They Stole Me: True Story Animations Spotlight Kyrgyzstan's Bride Kidnapping Scourge

Tatyana Zelenskaya's powerful drawings tell the story of five kidnapped women, each with a very different destiny.

3 April 2017

Pre-Vote Shenanigans — And Fake News — Cloud Armenia's General Election

Global Voices Advocacy

The build up to #Armvote17 showcased a sample of the online tactics favoured by modern-day vote manipulators.

31 March 2017

For Many Venezuelans, ‘Self-Inflicted Coup’ Spells the End of Their Country's Democracy

"The #156 sentence of the Supreme Court of Justice sentence is not a coup, it’s a formal declaration of a coup that’s been in progress for four years."

Back in the USSR?: Critics Say Draft Legislation Puts State Above Rights in Kazakhstan

"Can we designate people that leave their rubbish bags lying around outside their apartment doors enemies of state interests and remove their citizenships?"

Homeless Filipino Families Occupy 6,000 Vacant Public Housing Units

"Look at those houses, they are idle. The grasses have grown tall, the houses are being invaded by soil. Why don't they let the homeless live there?"

Russian Web Censor Cracks Down Ahead of Next Anti-Corruption Protests

RuNet Echo

In the wake of the largest opposition protests since 2011-12, Russia's prosecutor general is cracking down on the organizers of demonstrations planned for April 2.

28 March 2017

Georgia Really, Really Wanted a Visa-Free Agreement with the EU, and Now It's Party Time

"From Tuesday, Georgian nationals may visit Europe’s vast borderless Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 day period."

23 March 2017

Hong Kong Residents Are Trolling China's New ‘Diplomacy’ Page on Facebook

When China's Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong opened an official Facebook page, it was quickly flooded with angry comments.

Is Kazakhstan's President a Dictator? You Decide.

The Bridge

In a recent discussion with a hand-picked selection of journalists, Nazarbayev took pains to explain why Asian societies aren't always suited to democracy.

There Are ‘No Borders to Music,’ But the U.S. Consulate Still Rejected These Indonesian Choir Members’ Visas

"Regardless of the “borders” instilled by politics, there are no borders to music, no borders to unity through artistry, no borders from humanity that thrives from singing of the heart."

Here's Why This Election Year in France Is Completely Unprecedented

People feel that the future is bleak and that the old recipes of established parties are not working.

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