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· June, 2014

Stories about Governance from June, 2014

21 June 2014

Ending Illegal Wildlife Trade in Southeast Asia

Russia Says the Internet Spreads Extremism

RuNet EchoAdvox

Russia’s Interior Ministry has drafted a ten-year strategy for countering violent extremism. The plan identifies the Internet as the main conduit for extremism and calls for new policing measures.

20 June 2014

Russia's Failed e-Democracy?

RuNet Echo

Last year, the Kremlin launched an online portal where citizens can propose and vote on their own legislative ideas. The e-democracy experiment disappointed many, however.

19 June 2014

Analysis: How Pakistani Politicians and Fake Accounts Drove Twitter Trends on Lahore's Rare Political Violence

Twitter users in Pakistan picked up on the unusual violence immediately, and three different hashtags specifically targeted the government.

18 June 2014

Why Conducting Academic Research in Khorog, Tajikistan is a Criminal Offense

The Bridge

What does the Tajik government have to fear by arresting scholar and Global Voices author Alexander Sodiqov? Chris Rickleton explains.

Russia's Hacker Collective That Wasn't

RuNet Echo

There is a new Internet group in Russia that publishes compromising political information that the public was never supposed to see. But who's behind it all?

‘People No Longer Trust the Government’ – This Open Letter Went Viral in Singapore

Singaporean novelist Catherine Lim wrote an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong bemoaning the decline of public trust in the government.

16 June 2014

Afghans Survive Severed Fingers to Cast Second Round Votes

In April, Afghans participated in the first round of historic presidential elections. In the second round, Taliban militants sliced off Afghan fingers, but millions of votes were cast anyway.

Laos Development NGOs Silent on Human Rights

Neighbor Bhutan Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for India's Prime Minister Modi

It is newly elected Narendra Modi's first foreign visit as India's prime minister. Some aren't convinced that it's the best choice.

14 June 2014

Back Without the Birds: Antigua & Barbuda Gets A New Government

Antigua and Barbuda has come out of its general elections with a new government, ending 10 years of rule for the previous administration.

13 June 2014

Thailand's Coup Regime Tries to Woo People With Free World Cup Telecasts and Massages

Free concerts, free food, free medical check-ups, free movies, free haircut, and now free telecast of all World Cup Games. Thailand's coup regime is serious in wooing public support.

Nigeria Mourns ‘Fearless’ Woman Who Took on Counterfeit Drug Lords and Survived Two Assassination Attempts

Dora Akunyili, the former director general of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, wasn't afraid to fight to improve the country that she loved so dear.

11 June 2014

‘Stadium of Exception': Brazilian Police Arrest Anti-Cup Activists

Show Me The Money: Caribbean Discrimination Case Awardee Still Not Paid

Eight months after the Caribbean Court of Justice ruled in her favour, Shanique Myrie, who was strip-searched and denied entry to Barbados, still has not received her award.

Meeting with Putin, Industry Leaders Ditch Users on Digital Rights

RuNet EchoAdvox

Vladimir Putin attended a much-anticipated meeting with Russian Internet industry leaders in Moscow today. Did they discuss Internet freedom? Barely.

10 June 2014

China's Dog Meat Festival – Cruelty or Culture?

Animal rights activists in China are campaigning hard to ban the consumption of dog meat, but traditionalists and dog meat lovers say that it infringes on their culture and rights.

7 June 2014

Are Bangladesh's “Men In Black” Fighting Crime or Killing for Money

Bangladesh's elite crime-combat force, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is under intense scrutiny for alleged cases of abductions, torture and extra judicial killings.

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