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· December, 2014

Stories about Politics from December, 2014

31 December 2014

As Elections Approach, Zambia Sees Rising Social Media Hate Speech, Ethnic Tension

"This electoral campaign period has brought out some sad realities about us as people."

A Presidential Birth Certificate Controversy Provokes Social Unrest in Gabon

From #ReclaimYourMosques to #ReclaimPakistan, Pakistanis Call for an End to Extremism

Horrified by the attack on a Peshawar school by Taliban militants, who killed more than 130 students, Pakistanis are protesting for an end to violent radicalism.

30 December 2014

Central Asia's 2014: Lots of Alarms but only a Few Surprises

In 2014 Global Voices' Central Asia team wrote about Sochi, Afghan elections, Tajikistan behaving strangely, a Kazakh currency devaluation, an Uzbek Princess' fall and a volleyball tournament in Taiwan. What?

Macedonians ‘Hug’ Skopje Shopping Centre to Protect It From Baroque-isation

The Skopje 2014 project is a controversial and costly initiative that aims to give the city's buildings makeover in the neoclassical or baroque style.

Hijacked Printers in Eastern Ukraine and Russia Print Pro-Ukraine Messages

Thailand’s 12 Tumultuous Months in 2014

Thailand in 2014: Street protests, martial law regime, media and web censorship, and the rise to power of a junta-backed government. Will 2015 bring change?

Can Trinidad & Tobago's Government Win Political Goodwill from Christmas?

As Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar traveled the country for her "Holiday Toy Drive", some netizens were concerned about her spending in light of a precarious economic future.

Chinese Authorities Weren't Feeling the Christmas Spirit This Year

For many young Chinese, Christmas is simply a lighthearted diversion that has little to do with religious faith, but authorities see the Western festival as a threat.

29 December 2014

New Protest Facebook Page Already in Place as Kremlin Moves Navalny Verdict Forward

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

As thousands of Russians joined a January 15 protest against the verdict in the trial of opposition leader Navalny, the court suddenly moved the verdict announcement to tomorrow, December 30.

Will Death of Cartoonist Prompt Introduction of Better Traffic Laws in Bermuda?

Post-Umbrella Revolution's Politics Reflected in the Newly Launched Stand News

Global Voices Advocacy

With tensions still sky-high in Hong Kong, the newly-formed Stand News may seek to chart new political and journalistic territory.

28 December 2014

Despite Appearances, 3 Reasons for Madagascar, Algeria and France to Be Cheerful in 2015

It seems that things have not been ideal in Algeria, France and Madagascar, yet the Happy Planet Index ranked them quite high on their happiness list.

27 December 2014

Meet the Kremlin's Snitch

RuNet Echo

A Russian Internet group has leaked a trove of emails allegedly from inside the Kremlin, showing reports about the political activities of influential bloggers and independent journalists.

More Than 120,000 Evacuated as Malaysia Hit by Worst Flooding in Decades

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in Malaysia's eastern states. Netizens used social media to monitor impact of the flood disaster and to coordinate relief efforts.

26 December 2014

Mexico: An Unsatisfactory and Late Presidential Address

So Much More Than the World Cup Happened in Brazil in 2014

From a soap opera's groundbreaking gay kiss to a national debate on racism and vigilante justice, 2014 was a busy year in Latin America's largest country.

Where Does Venezuela Fit in the New US-Cuba Love-in?

Cuba and its longtime foe the United States of America are growing closer politically, after a lifetime of acrimony. That leaves Havana's revolutionary ally and patron Venezuela looking worryingly friendzoned.

Somber Scenes as World Mourns Pakistani Children Slain in Peshawar Attack

Vigils remembering those killed when a group of Taliban gunmen stormed an army school in Peshawar, Pakistan, have taken place around the world, from Canada to Tanzania and Sri Lanka.

25 December 2014

Britain's Top Gear Show Not So Top in Argentina After Falklands Gaffe

In October the BBC's Top Gear program exacerbated bad blood between Great Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands when filming on location. The show they filmed airs this weekend.

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