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· May, 2015

Stories about Politics from May, 2015

31 May 2015

Second Shia Mosque Attacked by ISIS in Saudi Arabia

These Maps Show Where Cambodian Journalists Have Been Killed and Harassed

What Does Japanese Prime Minister Abe's Ignorance of the Potsdam Declaration Actually Mean?

Has Prime Minister Abe really never read the Potsdam Declaration? Or is his professed ignorance a signal he rejects Japan's postwar pacifism?

30 May 2015

After 33 years, Cuba Is Off the US List of Countries Sponsoring Terrorism

The list is reserved for nations that, according to the US government, repeatedly provide support for international acts of premeditated, politically motivated violence against non-combatants.

29 May 2015

Despite Attacks by Guards and Thugs, These Factory Workers in the Philippines Remain on Strike

About 90 percent of the workforce in the factory are contractuals or temporary workers. The striking workers were violently dispersed by goons reportedly hired by the company.

Chinese Authorities Leap to Discredit Detained Citizens’ Rights Activist

Global Voices Advocacy

"Now wicked people have taken control and good people are in jail."

2 Reasons Why Madagascar's President Hasn't Been Impeached Yet (Contrary to Media Reports)

27 May 2015

Political Memes, Welcome to Myanmar

The era of Internet memes has arrived in Myanmar, where the online phenomenon has become a popular way to discuss various social and political topics, particularly upcoming elections.

26 May 2015

Ukrainian and Russian Users Petition Facebook to ‘Stop Political Blocking’

RuNet Echo

Ukrainians and Russians are petitioning Facebook on the Change.org website to protest what they insist is an ongoing issue: unwarranted and biased blocking of Ukrainian and Russian Facebook profiles.

Dying in Secret: The Ethics of Investigating Russia's Ukraine Casualties

RuNet Echo

A new type of investigative journalism by bloggers is blurring the lines between armchair Internet sleuthing and hard-hitting investigative reporting to uncover information about Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict.

What Africa Day Means to Africans and Friends of Africa

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity, when the leaders of 30 independent African states signed a founding charter in Ethiopia.

25 May 2015

Leaked Emails Reveal Details of China's Online ‘Youth Civilization Volunteers’

Global Voices Advocacy

'Speak out in a timely way and positively guide mistaken opinions and thoughts in order to grow mainstream thought and sentiment on the Internet.'

Region-wide Presidential Term Limits for West Africa? Not So Fast.

West African leaders have dropped the idea of instituting a two-presidential-term limit across the region, thanks to the opposition of Gambia and Togo, the only member states without term limits.

23 May 2015

Iranian Reformists Commemorate the Anniversary of Ex-President Khatami's Election on Twitter

The hashtag #second_ofKhordad_Iam is trending to commemorate the 1997 election of the reformist former President Mohammad Khatami.

Dear Ukrainian Officials: Russian Security Services Thank You for Your Cooperation!

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A group of journalists pulled a prank on Ukrainian officials who use Russian email services, alerting them to the dangers of careless information security policies.

Thailand Police Detains Student Protesters During Coup Anniversary

"We cannot build a democratic society if we lack freedom, liberty, rights, justice, and reconciliation."

What Should Singapore's Response to the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Be?

Singapore has remained aloof during the migrant crisis in Southeast Asia, saying that the island cannot accept refugees. But should the city-state do more?

22 May 2015

ISIS Claims Responsibility in Suicide Bombing in Shia Mosque in Qatif Killing 21 Worshippers

Twenty-one people were killed when an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shia mosque in Qatif, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, after Friday prayers today.

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