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· April, 2015

Stories about Politics from April, 2015

29 April 2015

An Unexpected TV Rerun Sends Serbia's Social Media Into Censorship Panic

Satirical news show 24 Minutes was supposed to air a new episode with Serbia's embattled ombudsman as a guest, but a rerun ran instead. Censorship-weary viewers feared the worst.

The Quest for the Mexican Miracle

Parenting 101: How to Raise Children the Arab Way

28 April 2015

Ukraine's Security Service Takes Down 30,000 Websites to Fight ‘Pro-Russian Propaganda’

RuNet Echo

In an attempt to shut down a handful of pro-Russian websites, Ukraine's Security Service seized servers from one of the country's largest hosting providers, taking down thousands of innocent websites.

27 April 2015

The Curious Chronology of Russian Twitter Bots

RuNet Echo

Multiple Twitter accounts were created on the same day, sometimes within hours of each other. This trend, typical for automated bot networks, was evident throughout Alexander's pro-Kremlin bot sample.

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

26 April 2015

Thousands of Guatemalans March to Demand Resignations of Top Leadership

According to some analysts, these protests are different from demonstrations against "corruption as usual," and could lead to an institutional crisis, early elections, or even a coup.

24 April 2015

A Response to the Kremlin-Bot Skeptics

RuNet Echo

After Alexander's bot network analysis garnered massive attention from Russian media and social networks, he now addresses some of the skepticism about the bot networks and their provenance.

Guyana's Health Minister Assails Women's Activist, Says He Would ‘Slap Her Ass’

The Minister of Health's tirade against a women's rights activist raises questions about gender equality, human rights and the political status quo in Guyana.

23 April 2015

‘Anonymous International’ Wants You to Think the Kremlin Can Hide Nothing

RuNet Echo

'Anonymous International' continues to leak confidential government correspondence in Russia, while the group's methods and motivations remain shrouded in mystery.

Remembering Armenian Genocide's 1.5 Million Victims ‘Is a Moral Obligation’

Global Voices attended the conference dedicated to the Centenary of the Armenian genocide which was held in Yerevan on April 22.

22 April 2015

‘We Want Answers': Mexico’s Federal Police Accused of Massacre at Apatzingán

An investigative report debunks the Mexican government's version of a shooting in January. "Friendly fire" among civilians didn't leave 16 people dead. Federal police firing into a downtown plaza did.

What Do Africans Think of the Film ‘Timbuktu’ About Life Under Islamic Militants?

In Africa, opinions are divided on the Mauritanian film "Timbuktu." Some love it, others think external factors are the reason for its success.

Everyone But Ethiopia's Government Is Concerned About the Latest ISIS Beheadings

Since ISIS beheaded several Ethiopian Christians in Libya last weekend, Ethiopians have demonstrated against the government's silence about two victims now identified.

21 April 2015

Egypt Sentences Former President Morsi to 20 Years in Prison for “Intimidation and Violence” towards Protestors

Egypt sentenced its first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison today, found “guilty of intimidation and violence” towards protestors in 2012.

The Controversial Tweet That Led a Costa Rican Official to Resign

Julia Ardón, a social media aide for Costa Rica's president, attracted a firestorm of criticism for tweeting from her personal account against the Catholic Church's stance on in vitro fertilization.

Singaporean Teenager Arrested for Making Videos Deemed ‘Offensive’

Global Voices Advocacy

"Apart from the problems of using handcuffs on minors, is this really a proportional response to a YouTube video?"

The 7th Summit of the Americas in 35 Tweets

Global Voices collects 35 tweets by representatives of the 35 countries that participated in the 7th Summit of the Americas, held in Panama.

20 April 2015

Lesbian Fleeing Persecution in Cameroon Finally Receives Asylum in Spain

Although Spain is one of the world's more tolerant countries in regards to LGBT rights, its governmental institutions are not as inclined to granting asylum.

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