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· August, 2015

Stories about Governance from August, 2015

18 August 2015

A Trailblazing Media Outlet Fact-Checked the Peruvian President's National Address

Were the president's claims about his government's investment in education true? False? Misleading? Ojo-Público had the answer in real-time.

16 August 2015

Serbian State Utility Company to Spend 350,000 Euros on Logo Redesign

Serbian social media users are curious: "Does this logo vacuum clean and bear children or what?"

Search Coordinator for Ayotzinapa Students Assasinated

14 August 2015

Is Pakistan's Least Developed Province Balochistan Getting its Share of Federal Jobs?

We look at the latest advertised federal jobs in Pakistan and find that Balochistan is only allocated half of its quota.

13 August 2015

After “Grossly Distorting” UN Views on the Internally Displaced Ata-Manobos, the Philippine Military Apologizes

"The community wishes to return to its lands but stressed that they will only feel safe to do so if the long-term militarization of their region comes to an end."

Impunity Is the Tie That Binds the Tlatlaya Massacre, the 43 Missing Students and El Chapo's Escape

Repeatedly officials charged with obeying the law decided instead to flout or ignore it, whether out of greed, inadequacy, fear or revenge.

Bangladesh Police Chief Tells Bloggers, ‘Don't Cross the Line’

Advox

"Those who illogically write against religion in blogs are also extremists," said a high police official.

12 August 2015

As Chad’s Former Dictator Heads to Trial, Impunity for African Despots May Be Coming to an End

An extraordinary event for Africa, Hissène Habré's trial demonstrates what's maybe the beginning of a new era for the continent, where young politicians are changing the way the law works.

11 August 2015

HRW Research Finds Media Freedom in Western Balkans Under Serious Threat

Death of Pinochet's Secret Police Chief Uncovers Chile's Unhealed Wounds

Reactions after the death, in Chile, of the second most feared man of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship show a country still struggling to make peace with its past.

10 August 2015

Protests as Malaysia Suspends Two Newspapers Following a Corruption Expose

Advox

"We must never forget abuses of power today. You can suspend The Edge but you can't suspend truth!"

Serbian Intelligence Agency Caught Inquiring to Purchase Surveillance Software

9 August 2015

Maldivians March to Mark Anniversary of Local Journalist's Disappearance

Advox

"To demand action and accountability from the state, Rilwan’s well-wishers started the #FindMoyameehaa campaign – the first of its kind in the Maldives."

8 August 2015

The Right's New Clothes: How Old Neoliberal Ideas Have Been Charming the Latinamerican Youth

A network of US neoconservative think tanks is financing young Latin Americans to fight the leftist governments in Venezuela and Brazil, defending old flags with new rhetoric.

7 August 2015

“No Country For Secular Bloggers”: Niloy Neel is the Fourth Bangladeshi Blogger To Be Killed in 2015

Advox

"How many more bloggers must be murdered before the government acts decisively to stem the violence and impunity?"

How India's Porn Ban Backfired And “Brought the Entire Nation Together”

Advox

India's overreaching ban on pornography sites was lifted less than a week after it was laid down, in the wake of heavy criticism. But the mockery of government continues.

Is Another Political Crisis Looming in Guinea-Bissau?

After coups in 2010 and 2012, a new political crisis between the President and Prime Minister is looming in Guinea-Bissau.

6 August 2015

Can Talking About Trash Drive Political Change in Lebanon?

The Bridge

A political movement is coalescing around Lebanese citizens' indignation at their government's cavalier attitude towards garbage disposal.

Puerto Rico Defaults on Its Debt for the First Time in Its History

As the government quickly runs out of cash, the future looks uncertain.

5 August 2015

Mexico: “We Are the Problem Because We Disturb the Government and the Narcos”

“How many journalists have been murdered, and what has come of it? How many students, activists, and human rights defenders have been killed, picked up, or disappeared?"

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