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· April, 2014

Stories about Governance from April, 2014

18 April 2014

In Bangladesh, Cycling to Break Free of Dhaka's Notorious Traffic

Dhaka is one of the most unlivable cities in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, and its extreme traffic congestion contributes a lot to this fame.

Winners and Losers in the 2014 Indonesian Legislative Polls

The winning parties of the recently concluded legislative polls in Indonesia will participate in the July presidential election.

17 April 2014

Facing Economic Challenges, China's Growth Slows

GDP grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter of 2014, the slowest rate since the third quarter of 2012.

Would Confucius Support the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan?

"Children should bow to their parents, students should pay respect to their teachers, and people should obey the government. As a result, the students' resistance must be wrong."

14 April 2014

Tunisian Blog Launches Whistleblowing Platform

Tunisian award-winning collective blog Nawaat has launched its own whistle-blowing platform: Nawaat Leaks.

12 April 2014

20-40% of Water Sector Finances Are Lost to Corruption in Africa

Russia Reconsiders Bitcoin?

RuNet Echo

A partial exodus from Russia by MasterCard and Visa has inspired some digital currency enthusiasts to propose Bitcoin, the world's leading crypto-currency, as a solution to the country's monetary problems.

Will Russia Regulate Blogs Like Mass Media?

RuNet Echo

The regulations would require fact-checking, age restriction warnings, and obeying election laws, among other responsibilities.

Cancer-Causing Chemical Pollutes Chinese City Lanzhou's Water Supply

Benzene, a highly carcinogenic chemical, has been detected in the city's water supply, at one point measured at a level 20 times what is considered to be safe.

Caribbean Loses Valuable Steward with Passing of Professor Norman Girvan

Economist, intellectual, Caribbean man: As news of Professor Norman Girvan's death spreads throughout the region, netizens pay him tribute in glowing terms, calling his legacy "powerful" and his voice "magnificent".

11 April 2014

Chinese Court Upholds Activist Xu Zhiyong's Prison Sentence

The ruling rejected Xu Zhiyong's appeal of his January conviction on charges of "gathering crowds to disrupt public order", a charge often used to clamp down on dissidents.

The Overlooked Crisis in Burundi

Trinidad & Tobago Mourns Former Prime Minister & President, A.N.R. Robinson

Twitter users are paying their respects to the late A.N.R. Robinson, former Prime Minister and President of Trinidad and Tobago, who is being hailed as a visionary and a patriot.

Trinidad & Tobago Water Recycling Project Not “Crystal Clear”

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