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· January, 2012

Stories about Governance from January, 2012

26 January 2012

Cuba: Knocking & Entering

Greece: “I Signed the IMF Memorandum Without Having Read It”

Greek netizens have criticized and mocked Minister Chrysochoidis' statement that he never read the IMF memorandum signed by the Greek government, although he had voted for it. Veroniki Krikoni reports.

25 January 2012

Brazil: “Massacre of Pinheirinho” Causes an Uproar

The violent eviction of the community of Pinheirinho, in the city of São José dos Campos, in the state of São Paulo, became known as "Massacre of Pinheirinho" after a...

Ghana: Attorney General Martin Amidu Fired, Ghana Reacts

These days any major news in Africa quickly torches the web like wild fire, thanks to Twitter and Facebook, as demonstrated by the January 19 announcement of the dismissal of...

Ethiopia: Reflecting on Corruption

Netizens reflect on corruption in Ethiopia following a report by Global Financial Integrity which shows that Ethiopia has lost $11.7 billion to outflows of illicit funds in the last decade.

Russia: The Fake Political Twitter Account Phenomenon

RuNet Echo

Online anonymity provides perfect conditions for human creativity and humor. In the Russian context this manifests as Twitter accounts belonging either to dead politicians or those that deliberately avoid publicity.

Macedonia: Analyzing Skopje 2014

Romania: “I, the Citizen”

Street protests in Romania have been going on for over a week now. The protesters are demanding early elections; they do not yet have a leader, but they nevertheless have...

24 January 2012

Russia: Community of Election Observers Launched

Madagascar: What Next, After Former President Is Denied Entry?

Malagasy citizens anxiously witnessed former President Marc Ravalomanana's attempt to return home after three years in exile, last Saturday. A few days after the issue, bloggers analyze the state of...

China: Tibet Burns, But Where Are the Chinese Public Intellectuals?

Since 2009, there have been at least 17 Tibetan self-immolation incidents in China. The public discussion about Tibetan protests is dominated by state controlled media, while those who usually speak...

Russia: “Mikhail Dmitrievich Prokhorov: An Unpredictable Kremlin Project”

RuNet Echo

Although some believe the 2012 Russian presidential election's outcome to be pre-scripted, the complexities surrounding Mikhail Prokhorov's candidacy should not be overlooked. Donna Welles reports.

23 January 2012

Iran: Sanctions Bite, and the Iranian Currency Falls

Iranians are facing a financial tsunami as the national currency (Rial) loses value day by day as sanctions against Iranian oil and the banking system get tougher.

“Russia Without Fools,” a Crowdsourced Feedback Portal Launched

Haiti: Leadership Triangle

Mozambique: Mayor Shares Photos of Storm Damage on Facebook

Madagascar: Exiled Former President Ravalomanana Refused Return

Since January 18 2012, former president Marc Ravalomanana has announced that he would return to Madagascar soon after being in exile in South Africa for three years. On January 21,...

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