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· January, 2016

Stories about Politics from January, 2016

31 January 2016

Coldplay's New Video Featuring Beyonce Faces Backlash for Alleged Stereotyping of Indian Culture

"Beyonce's video is a problem because it's reductive, and uses India as a prop for capitalist gain. A land and culture she has no right to."

30 January 2016

Crime in Trinidad & Tobago Brings Out Netizens’ Racial Prejudices

Are racial stereotypes so ingrained in Trinidad and Tobago that some think criminals can only be of one ethnic denomination? A dramatic robbery in Port of Spain proves that #CrimeHasNoEthnicity.

Crude Journalism? Nigerians Demand an Apology From The Economist for Ex-President ‘Buffoon’ Insult

"Dear The Economist, I am of the deeply considered opinion that you owe President Jonathan and Nigeria an apology..."

29 January 2016

Egyptians Call for the Release of Political Prisoners on the Fifth Anniversary of the Jan25 Revolution

Some 41,000 political prisoners remain in jail in Egypt on the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. Mira G looks at how they are being remembered.

28 January 2016

Raising the Roof on Trinidad & Tobago's Housing Scandal

Trinidad and Tobago's state housing allocations are allegedly fraught with corruption, leaving the most economically vulnerable, which the Housing Development Corporation is meant to prioritise, without places to call home.

Court Ruling Reignites Hope That White Collar Crime Could Actually Be Punished in Trinidad & Tobago

"With respect to the recent ruling at the Privy Council, the simple outcome is that persons who are charged with criminal offences will be made to face a trial."

Journalist Claims Australian Broadcasting Corporation Barred Him From Reporting on National Broadband Network

Journalist Tony Ross claims that he was barred by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from writing about the controversial National Broadband Network .

26 January 2016

Local Media Coverage of Tunisia's Job Protests Under Criticism

Despite the protesters distancing themselves from vandalism and looting, the media has been focusing on them alone, instead of providing enough coverage of the protesters' demands.

Activist-Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki Returns To Jail

Global Voices Advocacy

While much hope and happiness came with the lifting of nuclear sanctions and the release of Iranian-American prisoners in Iran, a blogger and activist returned to jail.

Deus Ex Putina

RuNet Echo

According to a Russian news site and a whole lot of bloggers, Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife, Lyudmila, has remarried. The RuNet also thinks it's found her Facebook account.

25 January 2016

Meet Luisa Revilla, the First Transgender Woman to Make It Into Peruvian Politics

Luisa has made history. She is unwittingly part of a group of transgender women who are taking on roles in a media cabinet and occupying political offices in Latin America.

Is ISIS Trying To Manipulate the Crypto Debate? Tech Experts Debunk Encrypted Email Video

Global Voices Advocacy

ISIS releases a new video that aims to play into fears over encrypted communication.

After Schoolboys’ Murders, Trinidadians Slam Racial Stereotypes and Media's Sensationalism

"The blatant outright Hate has been allowed to flourish because we've stood by with heads buried deep. [...] What you allow will continue…"

Meet the Thai Facebook User Sentenced to 60 Years in Prison for Insulting the Monarchy

Global Voices Advocacy

"It made me question why Thailand is still so poor, and why the poor in Thailand are so repressed.”

‘Homophobes Are People Too’ Campaign Challenges Macedonia's Hostility Toward LGBT People

The human rights reality for LGBT people in Macedonia is poor, with systemic impunity for hate crimes against sexual and gender minorities in the country.

24 January 2016

Five Years On: Time to Remember Those Who Gave All for the Egyptian Revolution

It was the beginning of the end to a 30-year rule of a tyrant regime. Five years later, here's a rundown of what's happening in Egypt today.

What You Need to Know About the Recent Job Protests in Tunisia

Five years later, Tunisians are back on the streets protesting for "jobs, freedom and dignity." Tunisian blogger Afef Abrougui tells us what happened.

Ugandans Take a Dig at President Museveni With 30-Year-Old Photos

As President Museveni seeks to be re-elected for a sixth term, Ugandans are using the hashtag #1986pictures to share their memories of that time -- and their political discontent.

23 January 2016

Chinese Netizens Climb Over the Great Firewall to Go After Advocates of Taiwanese Independence

A mainland Chinese netizens’ movement aimed at silencing pro-independence Taiwanese "through civilized methods” has become a humourous emoji battle and a tech lesson in scaling the Great Firewall of China.

The Only Hero in Russia Who Isn't Named Putin

RuNet Echo

While Ramzan Kadyrov isn’t Russia’s president, he is far more than a mere regional figure, and the past few weeks have offered only the latest evidence of his “talents.”

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