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· December, 2018

Stories about Governance from December, 2018

31 December 2018

The Yellow Vest movement in France: What's at stake?

"Every time I read about the 'Yellow Vests' in the media, I feel like there is a lack of information, sources and perspectives on this complex topic."

29 December 2018

To cast their votes on December 30, Bangladeshis will need to overcome many obstacles

Among the difficulties faced by voters are a ban on all unauthorized motorized public and private transportation and a complete shutdown of mobile Internet service.

28 December 2018

2018 across sub-Saharan Africa: Our favorite stories of epic change and transformation

From long-time leaders stepping down to citizens rising up, a cautious hope surges alongside the continuous struggle. Here are our favorite stories from across Africa in 2018.

Bangladesh braces for fiercely contested parliamentary election amidst opposition crackdown

On December 30, Bangladesh will hold its 11th parliamentary election to determine the 299 elected members of Jatiya Sangsad who will lead the country for the next five years.

27 December 2018

Venezuelans shudder at news of biometric ID deal with Chinese tech giant

Advox

The Reuters report that revealed the role of Chinese company ZTE in Venezuela shook the networks but surprised just a few.

23 December 2018

Madagascar's land defenders call for a comprehensive framework to protect Malagasy rights

"It is crucial that these communities know that they are not alone in their fight and that other citizens support their cause."

The untold tragedy of 28 Mauritanian soldiers executed on Independence Day

"Great nations ... never try to erase a dark episode out of their history, but instead, show it to the world for everyone to remember and say 'NEVER AGAIN'."

The last residents of a dying Armenian village

Economic pressures and isolation have left one of Lernagyugh's two remaining families on the verge of leaving.

22 December 2018

China's campaign against Christmas makes celebrating a difficult choice for citizens

"Are all these measures to enhance and promote Chinese culture or a sign of losing confidence on one’s own culture?"

19 December 2018

For the first time, an Angolan president meets with the government's staunchest critics

The meeting appears to signal a pivot from his predecessor José Eduardo dos Santos, whose administration was notorious for the ill-treatment of activists, journalists, and international NGOs.

In Hungary, protests continue at the public broadcast building where opposition MPs were removed by force

Protests continued in the Hungarian capital in front of the public broadcasting service building with opposition MP's ejected for demanding an end to the so-called "slavery law".

17 December 2018

Hungarians stage nightly protests against new court system and so-called ‘slavery law’

This article is based on the story “Hungarians protest against the government in front of Parliament every night” written by Anita Kőműves, with photos by Márk Tremmel and Áron Halász...

Will the reinstatement of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe end Sri Lanka's political crisis?

" We will have to wait and see if the key players in the drama can rise above their personal and political agenda..."

14 December 2018

Angola expels thousands of Congolese migrants in crackdown on illegal diamond mining

"Suddenly, on Monday, we saw youths from the Chokwe community with Angolan policemen starting to burn the homes of those perceived to be foreigners."

13 December 2018

In Madagascar, costly presidential campaigns don't add up to a better life for citizens

"One cannot expect clean politics which have been financed by corrupt money." The combination of secret financing and corruption is a real threat to the legitimacy of Madagascar's elections. 

11 December 2018

Singapore government threatens critics and independent media with defamation claims

Advox

"How can a prime minister be offended by someone sharing a Facebook post?"

8 December 2018

Massive farmers’ march highlights India’s stark inequality

In 2018, Indian farmers staged two big protests to draw the Central Government's attention to the deepening agrarian crisis and resulting farmer suicides. Will these really change their future?

5 December 2018

Sri Lankan Court temporarily bars disputed Prime Minister Rajapaksa from office

The battle over who will get to be the official Sri Lankan Prime Minister continues with the latest decision temporarily barring disputed PM Rajapaksa from office.