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Stories about Governance

28 April 2017

Kashmiri Man Who Was Tied to an Indian Military Jeep as a Human Shield Says He Now Lives in Fear

"...I am afraid of going to a hospital. I’m afraid they will find me and kill me…I haven’t stepped outside my house in the last eight days."

Kyrgyzstan Bolsters Protections Against Domestic Violence

"Up until now, in order to get a protection order, women had to prove in court that the domestic violence had occurred."

26 April 2017

Romania's Anti-Corruption Protests and the Burden of Shame

The Bridge

Though shadowed by a sense of national shame, for a few days Romania was an inspirational place, as people took to the streets and acknowledged the widespread reality of corruption.

25 April 2017

Russian Authorities Want Easy Access to Online Dating Logs

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Do you hope to find love in Russia? If so, and you’re planning to use the Internet to meet people, the pursuit could be less private than you maybe hoped.

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.

19 April 2017

Thailand Tells Internet Users to Unfollow Junta Critics on Social Media — Or Face Consequences

Global Voices Advocacy

"This is a ridiculous and oppressive order but I don't want any innocent people being targeted just because they follow my journalism," wrote former Reuters journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall.

18 April 2017

Russian Math Instructor Faces Criminal Charges for Online Posts He Says He Didn't Write

RuNet Echo

The arrest of a Moscow math instructor has raised questions about the safety of using internet anonymizers in Russia.

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?"

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