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· June, 2015

Stories about Politics from June, 2015

30 June 2015

A UK Shoe Shop Employee Crowdfunds More Than a Million Euros to Bail Out Greece (​​UPDATED)

"European ministers flexing their muscles and posturing over whether they can help the Greek people of not. Why don't we the people just sort it instead?"

Government and Muslim Brotherhood Trade Blame After Car Bomb Death of Egypt's Public Prosecutor

Egypt top prosecutor was assassinated in a car bomb making activists fear a state crackdown on freedoms in the name of fighting terrorism.

Jailed in Singapore for Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, But Still Blogging

Global Voices Advocacy

"Everyday my cellmates would eagerly wait for that light to dissipate, knowing that another day has passed, and they’re one day closer to attaining their freedom."

29 June 2015

Hashtags and User Networks in the Putin-Poroshenko Twitter Chatter

RuNet Echo

Network graphs reveal the associations between individual Twitter users in Russia and Ukraine and the hashtags they include in their tweets about presidents Putin and Poroshenko.

Can Social Media Create a Lasting Impact in Uganda?

"It beats my understanding when I sometimes visit the IT ministry website and it is down. I don’t get it."

28 June 2015

Gaza-Bound Flotilla III Expected to Dock in the Palestinian Enclave at Dawn; Israel Threatens to Stop it

The Freedom Flotilla lll is about 170 miles away from Gaza and is expected to dock at dawn. Will Israel attack the boats? The next few hours will be decisive.

Tunisians Point Fingers at Government Security Failures After Resort Attack

In the aftermath of a beach resort attack that left 39 people dead, Tunisians are criticizing their government's security failures.

Kuwait Identifies a Saudi Man as Suicide Bomber of the Shia Mosque

Kuwait identifies suicide bomber to be Saudi, and arrests his driver following an ISIS attack on a Shia mosque that killed 27 people and injured more than 200.

A ‘Peace Community’ Tries Nonviolent Resistance in Colombia

As Colombian peace talks over an end to decades-old civil violence between government and rebels proceed, some communities have claimed neutral status for themselves in the name of peace.

India's Justice System Is in a Sorry, Sorry State

There is slow, painfully slow and then there is India's judiciary.

Is Bahrain Prepared for an ISIS Terror Attack?

Predictions that Bahrain could be next on ISIS’s list of mosques to be attacked are being circulated on social media. Faten Bushehri raises the red flag.

The Internet, a Staging Post for Protests in Ecuador, Is Under Threat

Participants in recent protests in Ecuador accuse government of illegally signal jamming communication between protestors. Peer-to-peer apps may be the solution.

Go Behind the Scenes With Chumel Torres, Mexico’s Answer to John Oliver

His viewership on YouTube continues to grow by attracting mostly young Mexicans, hungry for a breakdown of the news with some comedy.

‘Transitioning Cambodia’ Photo Book Illustrates Cambodia’s Uneven Development

"People tell us they are happy there is a book that looks at Cambodia as it is—not just the temples of Angkor or photos of children riding an oxcart."

27 June 2015

Girl Group Goes Head-to-Head With Japanese Prime Minister Over Reinterpreting Constitution

A Japanese girl group's clash with municipal government highlights increasingly vocal opposition to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government.

What Social Media Can Tell You About Venezuelan Politics

Supporters of Venezuela's beleaguered opposition and the pro-government camp are clashing on social media and dragging millions of Venezuelans into the conflict.

The Puzzle Surrounding a Father's Day Photo of Jailed Chinese Politician Bo Xilai and His Son

"The father is forever the father, whatever he was, a so-called political figure, now he has been put in prison. The son is forever the son."

26 June 2015

Abel Wabela: “To Fight Bystander Apathy…This is My Mission as a Human”

Global Voices Advocacy

"Warnings, intimidations, arrest and torture have not stopped me from exercising my free speech rights," says Abel Wabela, one of Ethiopia's Zone9 bloggers who have been jailed since April 2014.

Shia Mosque Attacked by ISIS in Kuwait, Leaving at Least 24 People Dead

At least 24 people were killed when a suicide bomber belonging to ISIS blew himself up at a Shia mosque in Kuwait.

25 June 2015

Kazakhstan Fears Mosquitoes Will Mar EXPO-2017

"The overwhelming tendency of our people is towards all that is ostentatious - most important is not to lose face in front of guests."

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