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· July, 2014

Stories about Politics from July, 2014

31 July 2014

Bahrain's Justice Minister Tweeted About Giving His Political Opponents a Political ‘Slap’

Slapping, kicking and other forms of physical violence were found to be part of the government's systematic mistreatment or torture of political opponents since the 2011 uprising.

Why July 25 Is a Tragic Date in Puerto Rican History

Constitution Day is celebrated on July 25, but it is also the date of the U.S. invasion in 1898 and the murder of two young pro-independence activists.

Vanity Military Selfies Are Spoiling Russia's Attack in Ukraine

RuNet Echo

"We shelled Ukraine all night long." These are the words a young Russian soldier wrote online last week, where he published a photograph of military equipment in an open field.

30 July 2014

Camera Phones vs. Kalashnikovs in Ukraine's Separtist-held Luhansk

RuNet Echo

How "streamer" journalism both empowers and endangers civic reporters in eastern Ukraine.

The Mouthpiece of Totalitarian Propaganda — Crimea's Colonel Cassad

RuNet Echo

Colonel Cassad has little love for Vladimir Putin. Despite this his blog has become massively popular among Putin's supporters. It has also earned him the ire of Ukraine's intelligence services.

29 July 2014

Spanish Soldier Who Penned a Best-Selling Novel About Military Corruption Gets Jail Time

Luis Segura, a lieutenant in the Spanish army, is in prison for criticizing the military during interviews for his novel "Un paso al frente" (A step forward).

28 July 2014

Massive Amounts Paid Out in Trinidad & Tobago's LifeSport Programme

China's State Media Reveals Unapproved Genetically Modified Rice Is on the Market

A deteriorating environment and decreasing arable land threaten China’s ability to feed the world’s biggest population. The country is looking into GMO technology, but rice remains in a research stage.

27 July 2014

‘Terrified’ Founder Decides to Shutter Hong Kong Pro-Democracy News Site ‘House News’

Global Voices Advocacy

Some are speculating that the site was pressured to shut down as part of a wider crackdown by Beijing on Hong Kong's media.

Macedonian Authorities Claim Social Networks ‘Have Always Been Blocked’ in University Dorms

Residents of a state-run student dormitory in Skopje began an online campaign to expose the horrific living conditions. Then, access to Facebook and other websites was cut off.

Victory Speech of Indonesia's New President

“Shrinking Democratic Space” in Myanmar

The Philippines’ ‘Anti-Corruption’ President Is Facing Impeachment Calls Over Accusations of Corruption

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who won on an anti-corruption platform, is now accused of corruption after one of his fund programs was dismissed by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

What Owen Arthur's Resignation Says About Barbados’ Politics

25 July 2014

Tajikistan Still Blocking Popular Russian Social Network

Tajikistan's government takes its role as public morals guardian - and protector against anti-government slander - very seriously. Russian social network Odnoklassniki joined YouTube on the blocked list July 18.

Russia Is About to Lose “Fake News,” But the Internet Freedoms Going with It Are Real

RuNet Echo

The owner of an independent TV channel has staged a curious "intellectual provocation" to shock people into understanding the peril of Internet freedom in Russia.

24 July 2014

Iraq Moves Toward a New Government With Fouad Masoum's Election as President

Iraq finally has a new president. Fouad Masoum, a 76-year-old Kurdish politician, has been elected to the post.

Indian Prime Minister Modi's First Budget Promises Lots of Change, Including an Expensive New Statue

Narendra Modi's first budget as India’s new prime minister was greeted with mixed reactions. The $34 million budget allocation for a 600-foot statue in his home state generated much buzz.

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