Stories about Governance from June, 2017
At Thailand's Request, YouTube Blocks Video Clip of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’
"Juntaland's dictator blocking Charlie Chaplin's satirical film mocking dictator is hilariously insane and dictatorial," wrote a journalist on Twitter.
Mexico's Drug War Makes Everyone a Target
The rise in use of digital surveillance tools has become part and parcel of Mexico's ongoing internal armed conflict.
An Angolan Governor Loses His Job After Criticizing His Own Political Party in an Interview
Isaac Maria dos Anjos, ex-governor of the Angolan provínce of Benguela, is famous for his criticisms of the ruling MPLA party.
Is the End Near for Telegram in Russia?
Blocking Telegram in Russia would surely decrease its popularity, but there is no guarantee that it will help stifle communication among violent extremist groups.
Tanzanian Media Misrepresent the Dispute Between the Government and the World's Third Largest Gold Mining Company
The chairman of the mining company Barrick Gold said one thing, but the media said something completely different.
Nigerians Celebrate the Election of Seven British-Nigerians to the UK Parliament
While the federal government of Nigerians is congratulating the new MPs, some Nigerians say the government should not appropriate the electoral victory of the British-Nigerians.
How the Mexican Government Puts Citizens Under Systematic Surveillance
Evidence shows that espionage tools have been used for years against Mexican activists, journalists and people who hold dissenting opinions or oppose the current government in some form.
More Than a Year Later, Landslide Victims Scrape By in a Resettlement City in Myanmar
"A year after the resettlement, residents only just received power and still do not have running water. They are left to rely on collecting rainwater and deliveries from aid groups."
With Public Finances Under Strain, Mozambique’s Government Approves Purchase of Luxury Cars for Deputies
"We should not make the Assembly of the Republic a big jackpot, where the popular vote is seen as a lottery house."
Chinese Cities Are Shaming Jaywalkers With Facial Recognition Software
"Public interest is greater than individual interest,"a traffic police researcher argues. But legal experts argue that the measure violates people's privacy.
With Economy Unravelling, What Awaits the Turkmen Regime?
"This is the end for Turkmenistan. The crisis has reached the country. Now we’ll see the appearance of the Central Asian Venezuela."
Thailand’s Junta Leader Wants Citizens to Answer Four Leading Questions About Elections
"If in the future, Thailand experiences another coup d’etat, will it be charged as a crime against the state?" wrote an activist in response.
A Cuban Writes to Donald Trump
"What kind of global power believes that allowing its people to travel to an island with 11 million inhabitants and a president named Castro could enrich only that government?"
Deadly Landslides in Bangladesh Disrupt Road Networks and Create Food and Fuel Crisis
"The landslide took scores of lives. But it does not end there. More lives will be lost...Do you get it? There is no more fuel available in petrol pumps..."
Singapore Ad Watchdog Advises LGBT Event to Remove ‘Supporting Freedom to Love’ Tagline
"We cannot see how a tagline calling for inclusion and love can be seen as undermining the concept of family or disrespecting the individual," wrote the Pink Dot organizers.
How Much Money Did Macedonian Railways Make From the 2015-2016 Refugee Crisis?
"There were days when over 10,000 human beings would cross the border, and everyone (except small children) had to buy the tickets...Where are the money gone, you f*cking thieves?!"
The Death of a Sanitary Worker in Pakistan
"This incident hits at my identities as a humanitarian, a global public health advocate, a medical doctor, and a Pakistani minority."
Hackers Troll Prosecutor's Office In Advance of Russia Day Protests
On the eve of tomorrow's nationwide anti-corruption protests, hackers broke into the Yaroslavl Region Prosecutor's Office's website and posted a message.
The Alleged Spy at the Center of India and Pakistan’s Latest Row
It's a matter of life and death for ex-Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Don’t Politicise the Judiciary, Warn Trinidad & Tobago Jurists
"As members of the legal profession, you cannot tout the importance of an independent judiciary while at the same time passing motions for the removal of judges."
Russian Parliament Moves Ahead With Banning Anonymity on Messenger Apps
The Duma’s Information and Technology Committee has approved controversial draft legislation that would ban anonymity on online messengers, recommending the draft law for consideration in its first reading.