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· November, 2014

Stories about Governance from November, 2014

30 November 2014

Solar Homes Helping to End ‘Power Discrimination’ in Bangladesh

45% of Bangladesh—mostly people living in rural areas—is without electricity access. The Solar Home System Project is revolutionizing that imbalance.

25 November 2014

The Silent Crackdown on Serbian Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"Censorship is no longer a relic of the past, it's the present that we must fight against."

Kazakh Authorities Censor Videos of Children in ISIS Training Camps

Videos of Kazakh children in ISIS training camps have gone viral. Now the government is engaged in a futile damage limitation exercise.

China Touts Local Ground Rules for the Global Internet

Global Voices Advocacy

While attendees at last week's World Internet Conference in China enjoyed relatively open Internet access, thousands of websites were blocked throughout much of the country.

24 November 2014

Another Celebrity Wants to Help Africa, And He's No ‘Band Aid’

When it comes to helping Africa, there is Bob Geldof's approach with "Band Aid," and then there is Akon's.

Kyrgyzstanis Skeptical about Government Biometric Data Drive

Over two decades' worth of state intrigue and corruption has forced Kyrgyz citizens to be cynical about anything the government wants them to do, especially if it involves submitting fingerprints.

22 November 2014

Hossein Derakhshan Released from Prison

Opposition Representatives Propose “Freedom from Fear” Law in Serbia

Nineteen representatives of the Serbian National Assembly filed a proposal for a new law that would guarantee Serbian citizens freedom from fear. While freedom from fear is allegedly a right...

Over 2000 Macedonian Students Celebrated International Student Day in Protest

Over 2000 students went into the streets of Macedonian capital Skopje on November 17 to march against the decision of the government to impose external testing in the country's universities.

Japan's Snap Elections Overshadow a Faltering Economy

While some commentators are calling Abe's move "self-serving", others think Abe is facing political oblivion anyway and that the snap elections may be the spark that reignites Japan's moribund opposition.

21 November 2014

Burkina Faso Is Taking Steps Toward Democracy (and Africans Are Taking Note)

Since the ousting of President Blaise Compaoré, who held power for 27 years, ex-diplomat Michel Kafando was chosen by consensus to lead the transitional period until the next elections.

Thousands of Miles Away From Ebola, Kazakh Scientists Promise a Vaccine

Central Asia has no recorded cases of Ebola yet, but while citizens of one country in the region are avoiding bananas, scientists in another are striving for a vaccine.

19 November 2014

Western Commentators Still Getting Turkey's Gezi Park Protests Wrong

The Bridge

Over a year after the Gezi Park protests rocked Turkey, some are still going to considerable effort to misunderstand them.

18 November 2014

Lugansk News Today: One Man's SEO Battle with Russia Today

RuNet Echo

Lugansk News Today has been blogging about Eastern Ukraine in English since August, to inform people about events in his hometown, and to knock RT off the Google top results.

Kathmandu's Big Facelift Ahead of the 2014 SAARC Summit

Preparations for the summit seem to be a hit with locals, but some already wonder what awaits the city, after the conference, when the repaired buildings fall into disrepair again.

17 November 2014

Kyrgyzstan's First President Dreams of Returning to His Homeland. He Should Keep Dreaming.

Kyrgyzstan's 70-year-old former president Askar Akaev, overthrown in 2005, is among the most gifted academics in his country's history. He was also unquestionably corrupt. Should he be allowed home?

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