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· July, 2012

Stories about Governance from July, 2012

31 July 2012

Costa Rica: Video Love Note Gets Vice-Minister Dismissed

The Costa Rican Vice-Minister of Youth Karina Bolaños was removed from her post by the Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla after a video showing an underwear clad vice minister sending...

Iran: Pro-Ahmadinejad Blogger Jailed

"What a world and judiciary we have, Ahmad was arrested just for writing and supporting his country's president" - Ahmad Shariat is behind bars. Other pro-Ahmadinejad bloggers have also been...

Democratic Republic of Congo: Rwanda Accused in North Kivu Violence

Since April 2012, North Kivu province in the eastern Congo has been destabilised by the March 23 movement (M23), comprised of fighters from the Tutsi-led National Congress for the Defence...

Tanzania: Newspaper Shut Down by Government

On 30 July, the government of Tanzania banned indefinitely a popular weekly investigative newspaper called Mwanahalisi. Tanzanians received the news with great astonishment, although the same newspaper was previously banned...

Russia: The ‘Mating Rituals’ of Bloggers and Governors

RuNet Echo

"We're not going to go to any more of these meetings, we've decided. From now on, let the suck-ups get together - the Nashists and the 'Stal'evtsy - but we...

30 July 2012

Iran: Police is censoring ‘in affiliation with Facebook’

Brazil: Concerns Over Public Health in Januária

Rising Voices

Participants of the citizen journalism project Amigos de Januária, Rising Voices grantee of 2011, are carrying on the mission to monitor the local government of Januária, in Brazil. The latest...

29 July 2012

China: ‘Violent’ Pipeline Protest in Qidong

Violence that broke out during a protest against a pipeline construction project in China's Qidong province has split opinion online. The project would channel wastewater from a Japanese owned paper...

Brazil: Board of Social Communication Under Criticism

East Timor: Government Sues Multinational Oil Company

28 July 2012

Russia: Senator Wants Criminal Case Against Satirical Blogger

Russia: Paving Political Potholes

RuNet Echo

Say the word "roads" to most Russians, and you are likely to end up with a half-hour discussion. Throughout history, Russia has been infamous for its bad road quality. However,...

26 July 2012

Bangladesh: Revenue Collection – A Success Story

Russia: The Killing of Krutov

RuNet Echo

The June 29 murder of Svetloyarsk Raion administration head Nikolay Krutov was a blip on that day’s news. It was not unprecedented, but unraveling why the crime was committed (and...

25 July 2012

Ghana: President's Death Trends on Ghanaian Twittersphere

Ghanaian President John Atta Mills died on July 24, 2012. Ghanaians took to Twitter to express their shock and sadness. Tweets of the President’s death hit the social media site...

Madagascar: Three Soldiers Killed During Uprising in Military Barracks

Three soldiers were killed and four injured during a confrontation at Ivato barracks, Madagascar on Sunday July 22, 2012. This revolt took place shortly before a meeting between the interim...

Malaysia: Selangor State Faces Water Shortage

Selangor, Malaysia's richest state, could be facing a water shortage crisis soon after its water concessionaire announced that water rationing might be necessary because of lack of clean water reserves....

India: Ethnic Clashes in Assam

Fighting between indigenous Bodo tribes and Muslim settlers in the Indian State of Assam killed at least 32 people and wounded many more. Approx. 70,000 villagers have fled their homes...

24 July 2012

Bangladesh: Despite Obstacles, Girls Outshine Boys in National Exams

According to the recently published results of the Higher Secondary examinations in Bangladesh girls have done better than the boys. In the past few years there has been a rise...

Peru: President Humala ‘Reshuffles’ Cabinet

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