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· April, 2012

Stories about Governance from April, 2012

30 April 2012

Guinea-Bissau: International Reactions to the Military Coup

Portugal: Eviction Prior to Freedom Day Awakens Squatting Movement

As the pent-up frustrations of citizens in Portugal keep growing a year since the international “bailout” of the country's public debt, the annual celebration of Freedom Day on April 25...

Martinique: Where has Creole gone?

Côte d'Ivoire: Reopening of Parliament Sparks Buzz Across Web

The second parliamentary term of the second republic of the Côte d'Ivoire opened on Wednesday 25 April, in Yamoussoukro. Through this event, Guillaume Soro, former prime minister and president of...

29 April 2012

Ukraine: Netizens Discuss Dnipropetrovsk Bombings

There has been a great deal of speculation about the four bombings that rocked the city of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, on Friday. The timing of the blasts is key to most...

The State And The Religion In South Asia

Iran: Cockroaches and New Hijab Crackdown

Côte d'Ivoire: Regarding Free Medical Care

28 April 2012

India: Protests Against the New IT Rules

In April 2011 the Indian government quietly issued amendments to the IT rules restricting web content that are designated as “disparaging,” “harassing,” “blasphemous” or “hateful.” The Indian netizens are campaigning...

China and Hollywood: A Toxic Mix?

Philippines: Demolition of Urban Poor Village Sparks Indignation

At least one person was killed and scores were injured after police forces fired on protesting residents of Silverio Compound in Paranaque City, south of Manila, who were defending their...

27 April 2012

Bangladesh: Citizen's Voice, A Citizen Watchdog for Public Services

7 Billion Actions

Citizen’s Voice (Nagorikkontho.org) is an online project to empower Bangladeshi citizens by having their voices heard regarding feedback on public services.

Russia: Putin Proposes Contentious State Power Grab in Siberia

RuNet Echo

On April 20, 'Kommersant' revealed an ongoing legislative project to create a state company to oversee the economic development of Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. The schism at...

26 April 2012

India: The Hand Drawn Rickshaws in Kolkata

Panama: New Law Establishes Ministry of Culture

On April 24, 2012, the National Assembly of Panama approved yesterday the "Law of Culture", which among other things elevates the National Institute of Culture to the Ministry of Culture....

Brazil: Activists Protest in Memory of Military Dictatorship

A number of cities throughout Brazil held both real and virtual events to remember Brazil's Military Dictatorship (1964-1985). Activists held protests to push for punishing the Dictatorship's criminals and to...

25 April 2012

China: State Owned Enterprises

Accused of Molesting Children, Iranian Diplomat Leaves Brazil

An Iranian diplomat based in the capital of Brazil, Brasilia, was accused of molesting underage girls at a swimming pool on April 14, 2012. While Iran's embassy denied the allegations,...

Madagascar: Rare Deposit-Rich Land Sold to French-German Group

24 April 2012

Brazil: Journalist and Blogger Executed in São Luís, Maranhão

On the night of April 23, Brazilian journalist and blogger Décio Sá was shot dead in a bar in the most crowded avenue of the city of São Luis, in...

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