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Stories about Politics

12 October 2015

WhatsApp Leads in Popularity, But Not Substance in Tanzanian Election Campaign

As a campaign platform, WhatsApp engages the most Tanzanian users, but political communication there mostly boils down to "trash talk," leaving Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to provide more substantial debate.

11 October 2015

Video Blog Provides In-Depth Insights Into How Japanese Politics Work

Japan specialist Tim Langley provide in-depth insights into Japanese politics not normally covered in mainstream media in his engaging video blog.

10 October 2015

At Least 86 Killed in Explosions at Ankara Peace Rally

The October 10 attack was the biggest in Turkey's history, carried out as the country prepares for a November 1 election that appears increasingly unfeasible.

Political Cartoons Defy Censorship to Expose Thai-Style ‘Democracy’

A political cartoonist who criticized Thailand's military-backed government has become the latest journalist to be summoned by the army for "attitude-adjustment."

Belarus Catches Up to Russia With Its Own Pro-government ‘Troll Factory’

RuNet Echo

Leaked emails published on ElectBy suggest pro-government Belarusian Republican Youth Union directs its local chapters to leave negative comments on articles about recent opposition rallies.

9 October 2015

Will Prayers Help Zambia's Currency Gain Value? President Lungu Thinks They Might

"Praying for a currency to improve means you don’t understand economics. The depreciation of the Kwacha is not the devils work."

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisians are over the moon their democratic progress was recognised by awarding the National Dialogue Quartet the Nobel Peace Prize today.

The Dark Side of Hydropower in Bhutan

Bhutan depends heavily on its hydroelectric industry, but some bloggers worry that the country may be getting carried away with this industry.

8 October 2015

‘Running on Fumes'—Trinidad & Tobago Faces $8.5 Billion Deficit

Trinidad and Tobago's new government delivered its maiden budget speech in parliament this week. While many feared the news wouldn't be good, they didn't quite expect this...

6 October 2015

Syrian Refugees? Get Your Facts Straight Before You Share Their Stories

Photographs of struggling Syrian refugees escaping death are plastered all over the Internet. Here's our pick of some photographs which are not what they seem. Rami Alhames explains.

Kabul Taxi Is Blocked on Facebook. Long Live Kabul Taxi!

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook and the government of Afghanistan combined to put the breaks on a popular online vehicle for political satire. But public demand for more is insatiable.

Turkey Puts a Gun to the Media's Head in Lead-Up to Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Information campaigns and physical intimidation that once targeted Kurdish and leftist media are now being aimed at major media outlets of all kinds.

5 October 2015

Belarusians Protest Against Russian Military Bases Inside Their Borders

RuNet Echo

With a 500-strong rally in the capital Minsk and more action on social media, Belarusians spoke out against the planned Russian military aviation base on Belarusian soil.

4 October 2015

Uncovering Attempts to Hide Oil's Footprints in Peru (Part II)

Convoca, an investigative reporting outlet in Peru, has gained access to hydrocarbons environmental monitoring reports, which were not made public and were ignored by the last three administrations.

#StopLumadKillings Campaign Demands Protection for Anti-Mining Tribes in Southern Philippines

"They are the bearers of our unique artistic traditions. Their murder is the murder of our peoples’ soul."

Where Will China's Anti-Graft Campaign Go?

The Chinese government's anti-graft campaign, aimed at weeding out corrupt government officials, has been criticized for hindering economic growth and seen as an excuse to crack down on political opponents.

3 October 2015

Jamaicans to UK Prime Minister: Get Over Slavery? ‘You First.’

"David Cameron must listen with an open heart and mind to the call for reparations, and have the courage to do what is right."

The Return of the Russian Government's Wikipedia Meddling

RuNet Echo

A week ahead of what would be the start of Russian airstrikes against targets inside Syria, @RuGovEdits again started tracking regular activity on Wikipedia by people using Russian government IPs.

Kyrgyzstan's Youth ‘Against All’ on the Eve of Elections

As noisy electoral campaigns draw to a close many young Kyrgyzstanis have no interest in the October 4 parliamentary vote in their country.

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