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Stories about Governance

24 November 2015

How Manila Became a ‘Walking Dead’ City During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit

Leaders from 21 nations arrived in Manila to attend an economic summit. As part of security measure, major roads were closed and flights were cancelled, which inconvenienced thousands of residents.

23 November 2015

Greece's Opposition Party Loses Its Own Election

Greek netizens mock the country's chief opposition party, New Democracy, for failing to hold internal party elections, leading to a fiasco with hilarious online reactions.

18 November 2015

Authorities Don't Like This Infographic Showing Why Thailand's Royal Insult Law Needs Reform

Military authorities summoned an editor of the Prachatai news website over the infographic, which they deemed "vague and might cause misunderstanding" in Thailand.

17 November 2015

When China Briefly Unblocked Facebook, Trolls Rushed In

Global Voices Advocacy

"I wish this precious experience can help our 'new friends' see a full picture of Taiwan's democracy, freedom and diversity. Welcome, all of you, to the world of Facebook!"

Inside Big Brother: How Russians Created the ‘Red Web’

RuNet Echo

In a special report for RuNet Echo, Darya Luganskaya speaks to Andrei Soldatov about his new book with Irina Borogan about the past, present, and future of Russian Internet censorship.

13 November 2015

Thousands March Against Gender Violence in Spain

Even at a moment like this, after such a display of support from the public, feminists are hardly celebrating. Just days after the mass protest, crime stats are rising again.

12 November 2015

The Crisis in Burundi Takes a Troubling Turn for the Worse

"...if the Burundian population remains poor, with all of the problems that come with a large population and a small territory, the country will always have violent cycles."

10 November 2015

Bhutan's Legendary Fourth King Turns 60

"Thank you Your Majesty,.... For being the role model with the hallmark of simplicity For being a far sighted and visionary leader"

9 November 2015

Narcodata, an In-Depth Data Journalism Project That Contextualizes the Drug War in Mexico

Using easy-to-comprehend, interactive visualizations, Narcodata tells the story of how the cartels were born, who their leaders are, the conflicts among them, their geographic expansion and their known crimes.

Sassou-Nguesso on the Path of Other African Presidents-for-Life After Congolese Referendum

Young citizens of Congo (Brazaville) protests the President Sassou-Nguesso's attempt to run for an additional term.

8 November 2015

Russia's Most Popular Social Network Just Sent 20,000 Users a Private Message From the Government

RuNet Echo

Vkontakte says it merely geolocated all users with recent activity in Egypt, contacting them on behalf of the Russian government. There was “no additional targeting,” the website explains.

7 November 2015

It May Be Legal Now, But Many Chinese Say They Can't Afford a Second Child Anyway

China announced at the end of October that it was scrapping its infamous one-child policy. Many Chinese netizens didn't exactly greet the news with cheers.

5 November 2015

Myanmar Decides: 4 Videos to Help You Understand the Upcoming Election

Myanmar's November 8 election is the country's second general election after the military-backed government implemented political reforms in 2010.

4 November 2015

Basic Rights Suspended as Maldives Declares State of Emergency for 30 Days

"Foreign observers should know about #Maldives: 1) There were never any IEDs. It's a #ManufacturedCrisis 2) There was never a democracy"

2 November 2015

Mozambicans Start a Petition Against the High Cost of Internet

Prices for internet access have jumped after Mozambique´s National Communication Institute (INCM) cut subsidies to local internet providers by 75%, undermining government's supposed pro-internet position.

1 November 2015

Why Montenegro's Opposition Leaders Want to Topple the Government

Many international news outlets have chalked Montenegrin people's dissatisfaction with their government up to "Serb nationalist" or "pro-Russian" waves within Montenegrin society. That's not the full story.

How Successful Was Ghana's #DumsorMustStop Vigil?

How do you define the success of a mass protest?

28 October 2015

Russian Lawmakers Reportedly Consider Adding ISIS to List of ‘Undesirable’ NGOs

RuNet Echo

Senators are reportedly preparing new additions to their NGO “stop-list,” seeking a ban on several new groups, including the already-outlawed extremist group ISIS.

27 October 2015

From Okinawa to the UN, the Protest Against a US Military Base Continues

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga went to the UN to address human rights violations he says the Japanese and American governments have committed.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Leaves the US Without a Peep About Nukes

"Very unusual for a long joint statement to appear before the mtg is over! Obama-Sharif talks"

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