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· August, 2014

Stories about Governance from August, 2014

31 August 2014

Indian Security Forces Open Fire on Peaceful Protestors in ‪‎‪‎Manipur

The Nagas in Ukhrul are protesting the ban on rallies and the militarisation of their home, which defies decade-long ceasefire between Naga separatists and the Indian Government.

30 August 2014

Stop Complaining About the Government! Instead, India Wants Citizens to Help

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has launched the “MyGov” website, which invites Indian citizens to participate actively in the country's governance and development.

Azerbaijan's President Doesn't Really Get Twitter. He Doesn't Really Get Azerbaijan, Either

Azeri president Ilham Aliyev's official Twitter feed is so bad it is funny. But behind the comedy lurks the darker realities Aliyev's bumbling forays into social media are covering up.

27 August 2014

Former Prime Minister Feeds the Meme Machine With Rejection of Trinidad & Tobago's Highest Honour

Patrick Manning doesn't want the Order of Trinidad and Tobago from current Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who he accused of breaking proper award protocol and attacking him in the past.

‘Citizen Lawmakers’ in the Philippines Are Organizing a Campaign To Do What Politicians Won't: Abolish Pork Barrel

Hundreds of organizations hailing from various sectors have united in a historic attempt to collect enough signatures for a law abolishing the corruption-tainted presidential and congressional pork barrel.

26 August 2014

How To Find Happiness In Democracy

India’s LGBT Community Dares to Hope After Health Minister’s Comment on Gay Rights

Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that everybody has human rights and it is the job of the government to protect them.

Scholars and Experts Are Urging the German Government to Rethink Its Unconditional Support of Israel

Due to several anti-Semitic outbursts from some protesters, reporting on Gaza in Germany over the past few weeks has been overshadowed by a debate on anti-Semitism.

Serbia’s ‘Declaration of Internet Freedom’ Wins Big Support from Western Dignitaries

Global Voices Advocacy

Serbian bloggers have drafted a Declaration of Internet Freedom, and representatives of the international community are showing their support.

25 August 2014

China Insists That Hong Kong Should Only Have Pro-Beijing Candidates — for National Security

China's Basic Law Committee Li Fei said that "the person who governs Hong Kong must be a patriot" or the city risks turning into an independent political entity.

Experts Say Technical Issues Are Behind Egypt's Power Outages, but the Prime Minister Blames the Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptians suffer from daily hours-long blackouts while government officials make contradicting statements regarding the cause.

African Ebola Survivors Share Their Stories of Recovery and Stigma

"Thank god for the doctors. They gave me a certificate that indicates I am free of Ebola in case anyone would still doubt."

Is Zambia’s President Sata Working Quietly Behind the Scenes or Seriously Ill?

Zambia's President Michael Sata has not been seen in public since May. Many are speculating that the former publicity-loving politician is ailing.

24 August 2014

Critics Fear Bangladesh's New Media Monitoring Policy Will Stifle Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

Questions have been raised by many about the new draft broadcasting policy of Bangladesh. Such a policy was much due, but analysts say its regressive and will control the media.

22 August 2014

Why Protesters in Trinidad & Tobago Are Against the Proposed Constitutional Reform Bill

With general elections due next year, some suggest it is an attempt to boost the government's approval ratings before citizens go to the polls, while others see more sinister motives.

Arrests Made in Man's Fatal Beating Have Not Renewed Faith in Jamaica's Police

The case has continued to fuel protests and discussions in Jamaica, which has a history of police brutality and other similar forms of violence.

20 August 2014

SMS Death Threats Stoke Fears on Fate of Abducted Journalist in Maldives

Global Voices Advocacy

The messages came just days before the unexplained disappearance of journalist and democracy advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla.

19 August 2014

Clashes After an Attempted Theft of 450 Cattle Leaves 15 Dead in Madagascar

Thailand's Military Junta Cements Its Power With ‘Undemocratic’ Interim Constitution

Thailand’s military government has enacted an interim constitution which critics described as a charter that is designed to perpetuate a military dictatorship.

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