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Stories about Governance

21 October 2016

Sri Lanka Pays the Price for Past Government's Extravagance

The huge sum of money spent canceling an order for new Airbuses could have funded a whole lot more.

20 October 2016

A Lack of Open Space Forces Kids in One Mumbai Suburb to Play in a Dirty Field

“We don’t tell our parents that we play here. They think we go to a proper ground to play. If they know...they will not let us out to play."

19 October 2016

Chinese Netizens See Human Rights Violations in Child Protection Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

The new regulations attempt to protect children by requiring hardware companies to install surveillance software on their devices, and by promoting treatments for "Internet addiction."

18 October 2016

Threatened With Suspension Over Its Rights Record, Maldives Up and Quits the Commonwealth

"Don't we as...citizens get a say in whether or not we want to be a part of the commonwealth? Or is Maldives just a one man country now".

13 October 2016

Only ‘Foreign Agents’ Share Stories About Happy Times in the U.S., Says Russian Court

RuNet Echo

The American Alumni Club joins a list of 146 organizations that have been designated as "foreign agents" by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The club's crime? Reposts on social media.

12 October 2016

Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India

Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.

11 October 2016

Google Warns More Than a Dozen Russian Journalists and Activists About ‘Government-Backed Attackers’

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

More than a dozen Russian journalists and activists received a strange warning from Google earlier today, notifying them that “government-backed attackers” may be “trying to steal” their passwords.

Social Media Keep Up Pressure on Trinidad and Tobago's President

Rhoda Bharath's Facebook Live videos continue to garner an eager audience as the Trinidad and Tobago political commentator takes the country's president to task.

9 October 2016

Indonesia Drafts New Ban on Cyberbullying, But Activists Say They're the Target

Global Voices Advocacy

"The cyber law is used as an effective tool to spread fear against voices who want to unmask injustices in this country."

4 October 2016

The Singaporean Prime Minister's ‘Simple’ Bus Breaks With India's VIP Culture

"We should learn from him and do away with this VIP culture in India."

30 September 2016

Afghanistan Prepares Warily to Welcome Back One of its Most Explosive Sons

"When will Mr. Hekmatyar be launched at Kabul?"

29 September 2016

Facebook Live Video Triggers Presidential Controversy in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago's President Anthony Carmona held a press conference on September 28 to respond to claims against his office, but many questions remain unanswered.

27 September 2016

Uzbekistan's Late President Islam Karimov Leaves an Enduring and Terrifying Legacy

The Bridge

Unlike his regional counterparts he didn't build a cult of personality, but while in power Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov exercised an iron-fisted control over his citizens—and over narratives about the country.

25 September 2016

9 Things to Love About Afghanistan

Some of the world's best bread, melons and pomegranates, plus a diverse people for whom hospitality is second nature. What could possibly go wrong?

24 September 2016

Convicted of Sexual Assault, Elite Japanese University Students Get Suspended Sentence

After the sexual assault of a university student, sex, class, privilege -- and strong cultural attitudes -- all play a role in the lighter sentences handed down to the perpetrators.

23 September 2016

The Struggles of Peacebuilding in Mali

Between the signing of the peace accord on June 20, 2014, and June 25, 2015, Mali recorded 191 attacks, leaving 385 people dead.

22 September 2016

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

19 September 2016

Are There Prospects for Peace and Stability in South Sudan?

"It is time for both #SouthSudan president Salva Kiir and former VP Riek Machar who have ruined their country to both step down"

18 September 2016

Why Do So Many Eritreans Risk Their Lives Fleeing the Country?

"Eritrea is an authoritarian state. There is no independent justice system, no parliament, no democratic institutions to speak of. "

Singapore Debates Whether Paralympic and Olympic Gold Medalists Should Receive the Same Rewards

"We cannot measure (or reward) human endeavour by money alone but withholding it sends a wrong message to society too."

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