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Stories about International Relations

23 May 2016

In Japan, the Panama Papers Are Met With a Collective Shrug

"If the government doesn't get mad and stays quiet, it's the Japanese people who will have the last laugh."

Global Voices Interviews Activists From ‘Defense of Democracy’ Committee Who Say Poland Is in Peril

The Committee for the Defense of Democracy accuses the Polish government of destroying the country's democratic foundations. So what now? Global Voices talks to three of the movement's figures.

12 May 2016

Cue the Next Witch-Hunt Against Russia's News Media

RuNet Echo

If Moscow is saddling up for another offensive against “foreign agents,” Ilya Ukhov couldn’t have timed it better when he claimed Dozhd might secretly receive funding from the US government.

11 May 2016

Panama Papers Database Only Fuels Indians’ Frustration With Government's Response

"This could help investigators, if they are serious, to at least begin a meaningful investigation."

Draft Law Would Prohibit Showing ‘Disputed Areas’ on Maps of India

Global Voices Advocacy

A new bill in India has been proposed to ban anyone to call the Pakistan and China borders as "disputed areas" along with several other restrictions.

21 April 2016

Iranian Journalist Omid Memarian: ‘Turning Explosive Anger Into Something Constructive Is an Art’

The Bridge

"In Iran, you don’t need to go after the authorities to get into trouble. By merely following the common sense line and raising simple questions you could be targeted."

19 April 2016

Australian Leaders Keep Unspoken Vow of Silence on China's Human Rights Record

"Leaders don't seem to have an issue with criticising countries like Iran, so why dance around China ????"

16 April 2016

Puerto Rico Implicated in Panama Papers Leak

After the leak of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, shouldn't we be questioning the economic system which allows tax evasion on such a massive scale to occur?

15 April 2016

Taiwanese Travelers Are Wary After China Flexes Its Long Arm in Kenya

"This incident is terrifying...We could be deported to China if the Chinese government claims that we violated Chinese law (even though we didn't violate any law in the third country)."

12 April 2016

Tajikistan and Iran: Bound by a Shared Heritage, Torn by a Shared Mistrust

Relations between the two countries appear back on track after a winter of discontent. Or are they?

Australia’s ‘Stop the Clock’ Movement Fights to Keep Foreign Aid From Falling to Historic Lows

Should cuts to foreign aid go ahead in May as planned, Australian aid would dip to its lowest level since records began in 1960.

10 April 2016

Egyptian President Sisi “Sells” Disputed Sanafir and Tiran Islands to Saudi Arabia

Lawyers have filed complaints against the move, saying Sisi's decision to give up the Red Sea islands of Sanafir and Tarin, without approval from Parliament, is "unconstitutional."

6 April 2016

Iran's Headscarf Laws Collide With the Women of Air France

Air France's women have demanded the right to work the Paris-Tehran route, if headscarves are required, and the Facebook community “My Stealthy Freedom” is supporting their protest with a new...

5 April 2016

The #PanamaPapers Ensnare Hundreds of Indians, Including Bollywood Royalty

"500 Indian names in #panamapapers leak. Celebs, Industrialists but no Politician. Our Politicians hide their money with leak-less 'Jugaard'."

After Panama Papers Bombshell Drops, Latin Americans Laugh to Not Cry

Latin Americans are trying to make sense of the Panama Papers leaks the best way they know how: through humor.

3 April 2016

Smouldering Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Ablaze After Clashes Between Azeri and Armenian Forces

Fighting on April 2 was some of the most deadly the contested enclave has seen since an oft-broken peace in 1994.

30 March 2016

With an Eye on China, Tibetans Vote for Their Government in Exile

The government chosen by the vote will govern a large community of Tibetans spread across several countries from its headquarters in McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh in northern India.

27 March 2016

Online Campaign Tells Australia “Hands Off Timor's Oil” as Thousands March in Dili

Using the hashtags #medianlinenow and #HandsOffTimorsOil, the online campaign urges Australia to respect the maritime boundaries of Timor Leste.

25 March 2016

The Days of Self-Contained Extremism are Over

The Bridge

"The more deaths in Turkey's Kurdish areas, the greater the chance of attacks in Ankara or Istanbul. As violence grows in the Middle East, the more vulnerable Europe's cities become."

Australia Asked to Stop Stealing Timor-Leste's Oil and Future

Australia is accused of expanding its maritime borders which deprives Timor Leste of its right to own and earn from its oil and gas reserves.

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