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Stories about Politics

16 August 2019

How Hungary-funded news sites helped a false story travel all the way from Slovenia through Greece to North Macedonia

Fact-checkers in North Macedonia have traced the original source of the bribe article and uncovered a complex trail of disinformation spanning at least four countries.

15 August 2019

On activism and the self

The Bridge

"Behind the instagrammable image of the fierce-looking individual with a clenched fist is a person who is constantly rationalizing and reaffirming their fidelity to radical politics."

14 August 2019

Oral historians and archivists fill in the record of the 1947 partition of India

Historians are working on getting the remaining survivors of the Partition to recall the events so their stories can be preserved.

Beijing says Hong Kong anti-extradition protests show signs of ‘terrorism’

"The bloody crackdown is extending and you cannot see the border or a definitive sign in Hong Kong’s version of June 4..."

13 August 2019

Who are the presidential candidates in Mozambique's October elections?

On July 31, Mozambique's Constitutional Council approved four candidates: Filipe Nyusi, Ossufo Momade, Daviz Simango and Mário Albino.

Malaria has affected over 5 million people in Burundi so far this year

In Burundi, so far this year, malaria has affected 5,738,661 million people — that's about half its population. Yet, the government hesitates to declare an epidemic.

12 August 2019

A Brazilian journalist uses deepfake to make political satire

"They are not made to forge a reality, but a certain situation, with humour and in a critical way."

11 August 2019

Cambodia reduces number of public holidays to attract jobs, but activists are concerned it could undermine democracy

"Omitting the Paris Peace Agreement and Human Rights days from the public-holiday list reflects that the government is unwilling to promote democracy any longer."

9 August 2019

Beijing’s loyalists from Fujian province vow to beat up anti-extradition protesters in Hong Kong

Both local media outlets and police authorities have been notified of the Fujianese plan to pick fights with protesters. But only Beijing can stop such violence.

Four possible explanations for Turkmenistan's presidential hide-and-seek

The Bridge

Turkmenistan's publicity-loving president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, has been unusually scarce lately, prompting rumours of political upheaval in the Central Asian republic.

Remembering the '88 uprising’ for democracy in Myanmar

"Government newspapers said over 300 died in the crackdown but independent sources estimated that the actual figure was ten times that."

8 August 2019

Dubious CIA plot theory by former Yugoslav army colonel finds a platform in Serbian media

“Fake news, fake media, fake journalists, fake analysts – they have flooded the Serbian media space.”

7 August 2019

In Ethiopia, disinformation spreads through Facebook live as political tensions rise

Advox

Online conspiracy theories, political rants and rumors laced with communal hatred are now common genres in Ethiopian social media.

China’s hunger for minerals stirs resistance in rural Thailand

Chinese efforts to obtain a cheap source of a crop-boosting mineral are raising fears of an environmental crisis among farming communities in Thailand.

6 August 2019

Algeria: A victory on the pitch and in the streets

Algeria's footballers win the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, and inspire protesters calling for political change at home.

Security forces in Guinea now have the right to use deadly force

Human rights and opposition groups fear the law could be used to grant impunity and target dissent ahead of 2020 elections when President Alpha Condé will seek a third term. 

Sentencing of Turkish social media influencer sparks debate on free speech

Advox

A Turkish Twitter celebrity is being sued for allegedly advocating drug consumption, reigniting the debate about online freedom of expression

A Hong Kong artist’s ‘surreal’ depiction of the anti-extradition protests

In addition to the Lennon Wall, the artist's work has likened the protesters to superheroes, compared protest power to Dragon Ball Z, and depicted the protesters fighting against Gozilla.

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