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· February, 2015

Stories about Governance from February, 2015

28 February 2015

Imported Bollywood Films Have Become Quite a Drama in Bangladesh

Popular Bangladeshi actor Shakib Khan joined protests against Indian movies being screened, arguing it would hurt the country's struggling film industry. Film distributors and cinema owners then banned his films.

Macedonian Girl Dies Awaiting Grand Opening of Medical Center

Independent media sources have alleged that authorities intervened in the girl’s case because they wanted to open the new medical center and showcase the child as their first successful case.

27 February 2015

The Political Violence in Bangladesh Is Claiming Too Many Lives

I close the windows of my car, and think of buying a fire extinguisher. [Then], if a bomb is thrown inside my car, I'd be able to douse the fire.

26 February 2015

How I Helped Get Zoja's Law Approved By Serbia's Parliament

The Bridge

Vuk Visnjic is too young to vote. But when politicians in Serbia's National Assembly ignored a law that would help sick children, he found a way to make a difference.

Venezuela's Military Can Now Legally Use Firearms Against Demonstrators

A new measure in Venezuela that authorizes the military to use firearms against demonstrators drew condemnation from the opposition, human rights activists and citizens.

25 February 2015

Remembering Ukraine's ‘Heavenly Hundred’

"It's dangerous and frightening, and today one must be [in the east], like one had to be in Kyiv a year ago. Maidan has moved. It's now at the frontline."

24 February 2015

The Dress Rehearsal for the Belarusian Crackdown

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

"Belaruskaya Pravda" chief editor Yuri Dubina says the recent crackdown in Belarus on independent online media is only "the dress rehearsal" before the presidential election this November.

Unlawful Deals by 5 Biggest Ebola Contractors in Sierra Leone

22 February 2015

A Tajik Nurse Kidnapped in Yemen Arrives Home and Gets Straight Back to Work

Happy endings are rare in Tajikistan, so when they happen, they should be celebrated.

19 February 2015

Japan Seizes Syria-Bound Photographer's Passport Amid ISIS Fears

This follows the brutal murder of two Japanese nationals by ISIS in January. There is now a vague sense in Japan that some places that are not acceptable for travel.

18 February 2015

Slovakia's ‘Batman’ Is Leading the Fight Against Illegal Advertising in Bratislava

The entrepreneur, husband and father is on a mission to destroy unlicensed makeshift billboards in the city of Bratislava, which has become cluttered with outdoor advertisements.

17 February 2015

No More Selling or Drinking Alcohol in Public After 10:30PM in Singapore

The government said the measure is necessary after receiving numerous complaints related to drunken behavior. But many described the new regulation as excessive and even discriminatory against foreign workers.

Moroccan Forces Accused of Abusing Sub-Saharan Migrants

"There were six buses waiting for us, we were ordered to climb. Then we drove for several hours into the desert. We had no indication where we were going."

Despite Prosecutor's Mysterious Death, Argentina's President Faces Charges Over Alleged Terrorist Attack Cover-Up

Argentina's president and foreign minister stand accused of interfering with the investigation into the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires and helping to cover up Iranian involvement.

15 February 2015

Greeks See Reason for Hope After Anti-Austerity Syriza's Election

The debt crisis hit Greece hard, and the country has limped along under unpopular austerity measures. For many Greeks, Syriza's electoral win has given them a reason to hope again.

12 February 2015

One Simple Infographic to Understand Political Repression in Thailand

Prachatai's infographic lists some of the ordinary activities the authorities have suppressed over the past nine months. The junta's paranoia runs deep.

11 February 2015

Déjà Vu? New Zambian President Sparks Health Speculation With Holiday

Zambians wonder if President Lungu is sick, despite his clean bill of health, following his holiday barely two weeks in office as replacement to Michael Sata, who died in office.

10 February 2015

Armed Serbian Anti-Terrorism Police Bust in on Belgrade's Arts and Performance District

Multiple raids took place throughout Belgrade's Savamala district, which less than 24 hours before was featured in the Guardian's travel section as "Serbia's new creative hub."

Nepalese Are Finding the Humor in Their Country's Gas Shortage

Liquefied petroleum gas is the second most popular source of energy for cooking and heating in Nepal, but it's hard to come by these days, much to the consumers' frustration.

9 February 2015

Twitter's New Transparency Report Shows Massive Spike in Demands from Russia

RuNet Echo

"We went from having never received a request to receiving more than 100 requests for account information. We did not provide information in response to any," Twitter's report says.

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