Stories about Governance from August, 2016
Blue Skies, Fake Tourists and Maximum Security: China Prepares For a Flawless G20 Summit
Whether they like it or not, Hangzhou residents must comply with government efforts to present theirs as the best and safest city in the world.
Death Penalty Still Looms for Mauritanian Blogger Who Spoke Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination
"This sentence signifies a step backwards in terms of tolerance and shows just how much issues of cast, religion, slavery and therefore democracy are taboos in Mauritania."
A Citizen Journalist in India Took on the Local Government Over Pensions—and Won
"I know how important are a few hundred rupees in an impoverished person’s life. It means food, medicine and security."
It's ‘No Mean Feat’ Being a Female Human Rights Activist in Timbuktu, Says Psychologist Fatoumata Harber
"We’ve got to make people aware of the reality: that the majority of people living in northern Mali are not in any way connected to these armed groups..."
Despite Flood Devastation, the Macedonian Government Pours Millions Into a Ferris Wheel
At least 21 people died, and dozens are missing and injured, in floods that hit the Macedonian capital Skopje, following torrential rains on August 5.
Australia’s Census Website Was Never Very Popular, And That Was Before Cyber Attacks Crashed It
The Australian Bureau of Statistics took down its website on Census Night following DDos cyber attacks, fuelling existing concerns about privacy, security, and anonymity.
China Is Turning Its Once Powerful Communist Youth League Into an Online Campaign Machine
Before President Xi came into power, the Communist Youth League served as a launching pad for China’s political elite.
Decades After Killings and Displacement, Afro-Colombians’ Struggle Isn’t Over
“Yesterday they displaced us, murdered us, and kidnapped us. Yesterday and today we are together holding hands with the world, resisting death, and resisting impunity.”
#RallyForTheValley Brings Attention to the Plight of Dam Victims in India
"They should have initiated the rehabilitation of people in the affected areas first, and then only started the work..."
Justice as Usual, or Attack on Free Speech? Debunking Singapore’s Contempt-of-Court Bill
"Leaving people confused over what can or can’t be said will have a chilling effect, whatever the intention of the law, further entrenching a culture of self-censorship and passive citizenship."
Calls to Investigate Retribution Against the Tharu Community in Nepal's Far West Grow Louder
"First their land was taken, then their freedom to live and now Tharus have been targeted for extinction by these racist hill elites"
In Nike's Ad About Female Athletes in India, Too Much Glamour, Not Enough Names?
"That Nike Ad shows how little we know about female sportsperson or athletes in this country."