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· March, 2014

Stories about Politics from March, 2014

31 March 2014

Teenage Bloggers in Bangladesh Arrested For ‘Blasphemous’ Facebook Posts

Fellow bloggers accuse an Islamist student organization of distributing false propaganda that rallied a mob against the two bloggers and led to their arrest.

A Schism Over Ukraine in Russian-owned LiveJournal

RuNet Echo

Igor Bigdan (ibigdan), one of the most popular RuNet bloggers, announced yesterday that he would be leaving his position as Director of LiveJournal Ukraine starting April.

Massive Online Campaign to Free Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera

Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Nuclear Security Summit Protests

Free Tibet protesters were foiled by Chinese security officials, and a protest urging the US to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions was given prime real estate near the summit.

Embattled Opposition Blogger's Insanity Defense?

RuNet Echo

When attempts to silence Alexey Navalny, Russia's top blogger and anti-corruption activist, don't work quite as planned, it's time to shovel the dirt.

Afghanistan: ‘My Best Weapon to Fight the Taliban is My Voter Card’

Afghanistan's voters are in a defiant mood as they ready themselves for the polls, ignoring an intensification of civillian-focused attacks by "desperate" Taliban insurgents.

Roots of Conflict in Southern Thailand

30 March 2014

Indonesian Candidates Accused of Exposing Children to ‘Indecent’ Campaign Shows

Twerking-like Dangdut dances and cash handouts are among the spectacles watched by children in the ongoing legislative election campaign in Indonesia.

29 March 2014

‘Sleeping Lion’ China Awakened, Says President Xi Jinping

Evoking Napoleon during his visit to France, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country is an awakened lion that is “peaceful, pleasant and civilized”

South Sudan Military Intelligence Chief Denies Attempted Coup

28 March 2014

Top 10 Russian-Language Tweets, Week 13 of 2014

RuNet Echo

Every Friday, RuNet Echo collects the top ten Russian-language tweets and curates them for Global Voices readers.

‘Anonymous International’ Leaks Kremlin's Instructions to Russian TV

RuNet Echo

A Russian Internet group called “Anonymous International” has leaked what it claims is a “tyomnik”—a list of prepackaged news stories prepared by the Kremlin for Russia’s central television news stations.

Should Africa Learn From the Crimea Referendum?

Trinidad & Tobago: Another Minister Bites the Dust

The “Happy Voting” Project Encourages Young Europeans to Vote

27 March 2014

Blogging about Russia's Crimea Annexation? You Could Be an Extremist!

RuNet Echo

Russian lawmakers are toying with the idea of levying extremism charges against bloggers who “incite xenophobic attitudes” when writing about the Crimea.

‘NATO Air – Just Do It’ Meme Opens Old Wounds for Serbia and Kosovo

On the fifteenth anniversary of the NATO bombings of Yugoslavia, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu retweeted a tweet by Kosovo Minister of European Integration Vlora Citaku, causing controversy and angering many.

Australians Joust over Knights and Dames Revival

The revival of knights and dames had Australians all atwitter.

Russia's Media Crackdown Spills into Academia

RuNet Echo

Three days ago, MGIMO University fired Professor Andrei Zubov for so-called academic misconduct. His supposed crime was writing an antiwar op-ed criticizing Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

26 March 2014

“Click Rights” Campaign for Digital Rights in Middle East and North Africa

The IGMENA campaign “Click Rights” aims to bring more awareness of digital rights to citizens, so they in turn can pressure governments and the private sector to uphold them.

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