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· December, 2015

Stories about Governance from December, 2015

14 December 2015

Bangladesh Unblocks All Social Media Services (For Now)

Advox

Contradictory statements from authorities have left many Bangladeshis wondering what was behind the ban on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and other major communications platforms.

2015 Was Boom Times for Corruption in the Caribbean, But Can It Last?

Judging from the alleged corruption that happened in the Caribbean this year, certain regional territories may not improve their ranking in Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index -- or will they?

13 December 2015

This City in Siberia Would Rather Elect a Cat Mayor

RuNet Echo

As Barnaul's political process slips further from the public, the frustrations of ordinary citizens are beginning to show. For instance, one Internet community is promoting a house cat’s mayoral candidacy.

How Activists in Southeast Asia Celebrated Human Rights Day

The theme of justice resonated across Southeast Asia as activist groups highlighted their governments' human rights violations and other abuses.

11 December 2015

Hungary Adds a Flashy Website and a Lawsuit to Its Anti-Refugee Arsenal

Hungary is stepping up efforts to block European Union plans to relocate some 120,000 refugees across the continent.

Debunking Rumors About Japan's Supposed Anti-Muslim Restrictions

"Although Japan does harbor prejudices and Japanese can be ignorant of other cultures, there has been no move to restrict Islamic practices or expel Muslims."

Chinese Authorities Think Internet Companies Should Reward Netizens Who ‘Spread Good News’

Advox

China's State Internet Information Office spokesman urged Internet companies to allocate charity funds to those who "spread good news." But netizens don't completely agree with government's idea of good news.

9 December 2015

Four Months Later, Still No Answers About a Shootout with Salvadoran Police and Army That Left Five Dead

The autopsies of the five men reveal that they were shot at close range. Three days later, a woman who witnessed the shootings disappeared.

8 December 2015

Russian Film Festival Gets Official Warning After Promoting Anti-Corruption Documentary

RuNet Echo

The warning comes after Artdocfest announced that it is including in a special online competition a film about the corrupt business dealings of figures close to Attorney General Yuri Chaika.

7 December 2015

Trinidad & Tobago Faces Economic Recession — But Who's to Blame?

"This recession did not creep up on us like the proverbial thief in the night. It was long in the making."

6 December 2015

Pakistan's Tougher Migration Policy Sends Unverified Deportees Back to Greece

Greece deported 49 people to Pakistan and Pakistan has sent back 30 of them, as the two countries find themselves on opposite ends of an ever-worsening refugee crisis.

5 December 2015

New Appointments to the Polish Constitutional Tribunal May Be Unconstitutional

People have been protesting and discussing a recent set of acts passed by Polish parliament, some claiming it is a true threat to democracy in the country.

4 December 2015

Saber Hussain's Pedal-Powered Library: A Story of Hope from Afghanistan

"In the morning, I woke up to this news. I smiled. 'Bamiyan is a world of miracles.'"

While India's National Media Bungles Its Chennai Flood Coverage, Social Media Steps Up

"In fact, what is more troubling in a way is that the nature of the coverage only confirms a north-south divide..."

Transgender Woman Elected to Venezuelan National Assembly

The first transgender candidate in Venezuelan history hopes to reach the National Assembly and bring up issues like marriage equality and name and gender changes on identity documents.

3 December 2015

Is Open Government Political Theatre for the Corrupt?

The Bridge

There he was on stage talking about the importance of transparency, of openness, and of technology for government. Then one week later, he resigned as prime minister of Romania.

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