Stories about Governance from May, 2015
Why Arabic Script on the Walls Might Not Stop Public Urination in Dhaka
"There is only one toilet in the capital Dhaka for every 150,000 people, out of which many are not usable."
Amidst the Trauma of the Great Earthquake Nepalis Celebrate Unprecedented Conservation Successes
The greater one-horned rhinoceros, also called Indian rhinoceros is poached for its prized horn. Nepal’s conservation efforts have revived the rhino population which was on the verge of extinction.
Singapore Shuts Down News Website on World Press Freedom Day
"The (government's) draconian measures...legitimize excessive intervention by the state and set a precedent for the diminution of our online space."
Israeli Politician Who Called for Genocide of Palestinian People Named Justice Minister
"It is not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists, and not even a war against the Palestinian Authority...Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people."
The Cherán Indigenous Community in Mexico Finds Its Voice in Homegrown Media
A closer look at the community media outlets in Cherán, which declared political self-governance and self-defense in 2011.
How a Schoolboy ‘Son’ of Tajikistan's President Extracted a Massive Bribe from a Citizen
"I bet that he is the scion of some other official, because we could never afford to educate our children at this school."
Gwadar's Thalassemia Patients Survive With ‘Hope’
Within the impoverished province of Balochistan, Gwadar is known for its well-financed strategic port. But its 249,055 residents lack basic health facilities.
Macedonian Police Unleash Water Cannons and Batons on Anti-Government Protesters
Authorities brutally cracked down on people protesting the government's alleged attempts to cover up the murder of a man at the hands of a police officer.
Chinese People Seem to Love Uber. Chinese Authorities? Not So Much
Authorities raided Uber offices in China twice in one week as part of a crackdown on unlicensed taxis. Some believe the real reason is to wipe out a foreign competitor.
Former French Defense Minister Finds Excuses for the Alleged Rape of Central African Children by French Soldiers
Afrique Info reports that JP Chevènement, a former defense minister of France, stated on public radio Europe 1 on May 3 that the challenging conditions that French soldiers face in the Central African Republic could explain “behavior of that kind” (see video above). Chevènement was referring to the allegation of child...
Workers Celebrate Labor Day by Joining Street Protests Across Southeast Asia
Tens of thousands of workers across the region trooped to the streets to demand higher wages, benefits, and other improvements amid rising living costs.
How Israeli High-Tech Firms Are Up-Armoring the U.S.-Mexico Border
"Like the Gaza Strip for the Israelis, the U.S. borderlands, dubbed a “constitution-free zone” by the ACLU, are becoming a vast open-air laboratory for tech companies."
Indian Minister Says #MaritalRape Does Not Count
"Dear minister, if marriage is sacred, does that make #MaritalRape sacred too?"