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· May, 2015

Stories about Governance from May, 2015

These Maps Show Where Cambodian Journalists Have Been Killed and Harassed

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has launched a portal documenting the human rights violations experienced by Cambodian journalists. Cambodia's constitution guarantees freedom of speech but journalists are still harassed...

What Does Japanese Prime Minister Abe's Ignorance of the Potsdam Declaration Actually Mean?

Has Prime Minister Abe really never read the Potsdam Declaration? Or is his professed ignorance a signal he rejects Japan's postwar pacifism?

FIFA Elections Are in Progress

Despite the recent arrests of FIFA officials due to indictments laid by the US Department of Justice, the world football governing body has said that its elections, which it calls...

2 Reasons Why Madagascar's President Hasn't Been Impeached Yet (Contrary to Media Reports)

Numerous media outlets have reported that Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina has been impeached. While members of parliament have voted 121 in favor of his impeachment out of 125, there are...

Too Soon to Joke About FIFA Arrests? Not in the Caribbean!

There was also a video featuring a popular local puppet as he spent a night in jail with Jack Warner, a Trinidadian former FIFA vice president who was indicted.

‘FIFA Is Imploding': Surprise Arrests Hit FIFA Top Officials Ahead of Friday Election

The football organization votes for president on Friday. On Twitter, leading football figures and sports officials weighed in on the FIFA arrest scandal using the hashtag #FIFAArrests.

No Extra Time for FIFA Caribbean Officials as US Justice Department Lays Indictments

There's a frenzy on Caribbean social media today, following the announcement that the US Department of Justice indicted 9 FIFA officials and 5 corporate executives for racketeering, conspiracy, and corruption.

Bangladesh Wants ‘Third Gender’ Hijras to Serve as Traffic Police

Hijras often face widespread discrimination and are shut out of employment opportunities. Bangladesh wants to recruit them as traffic police to help change that.

Region-wide Presidential Term Limits for West Africa? Not So Fast.

West African leaders have dropped the idea of instituting a two-presidential-term limit across the region, thanks to the opposition of Gambia and Togo, the only member states without term limits.

Thailand Police Detains Student Protesters During Coup Anniversary

"We cannot build a democratic society if we lack freedom, liberty, rights, justice, and reconciliation."

Pakistanis Use Twitter To Raise Their Concerns On The Proposed Cybercrime Bill 2015

The proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Bill in Pakistan has raised concern among local and international human rights organisations as it could put at risk freedom expression and privacy...

Have Bullets Killed the Future of Venezuela's Youth?

In a country like Venezuela, where murder is the leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 19, what hopes can younger generations have?

Why Is Pakistan's Balochistan Shut Out of Its Own Natural Gas Reserves?

"Domestically, we have a dire need for Sui gas supply. In its absence, we have to resort to burning wood for household fuel needs."

Thailand’s Section 44 Could Be Worse Than Martial Law

Thailand is no longer under martial law, but a new security law gave the army broad and 'unlimited' powers in the civilian government.

Despite Protests, Malaysia Still Plans to Build a Mega Dam That Could Displace 20,000 Indigenous People

"It is built for the benefit of others rather than those who live in Baram and for the long term good of the Baram."

The Media Is the Message: E-Diplomacy in Egypt

Egyptian authorities today must figure out how to communicate effectively in the wake of four years of constant regime change.

‘Lipstick Protester’ Jasmina Golubovska: Macedonians Want to ‘Start from Scratch’

A Reuters photo turned Golubovska's lipstick into a symbol of the mass protests in Macedonia. But there is nothing cosmetic about citizens' demand for change.

HIV/AIDS Corruption Is a Business for Central Asian Bureaucrats

"The whole system is corrupt, starting with the government. The fish rots from the head."

Venezuela Bans 22 Media Editors and Executives from Leaving the Country

Over 20 members of three Venezuelan media groups, El Nacional and Tal Cual, as well as news site La Patilla, are now prohibited from leaving the country. Caracas judge María Eugenia Núñez ordered the restriction on the...

Under a Shaky Ceasefire, Yemenis Struggle to Stay Connected to the World

Frequent electricity cuts, bombings and a dire humanitarian situation could exacerbate and completely isolate Yemen should internet and telecommunications services be cut.

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