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· February, 2017

Stories about Politics from February, 2017

28 February 2017

Indian Student Activist Faces Death Threats After Standing Up to Right Wing

Global Voices Advocacy

Threats of violence, gang rape, and physical attacks are making news in India, after a 20-year-old student activist from New Delhi's Lady Shri Ram college launched the #StudentsAgainstABVP protest.

27 February 2017

Daughter of Slain Russian Opposition Leader Writes Him a Letter Two Years Later

RuNet Echo

On the second anniversary of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov's assassination, Zhanna Nemtsova published a letter to her late father on Facebook.

Iran's Ahmadinejad, Whose 2009 Reelection Was Mired in Fraud Allegations, Gives Trump Advice

"We need to seek equality and brotherhood among nations and respect nations’ rights, as well as avoid arrogance and efforts toward domineering others."

What Does Trump's Presidency Mean for Brazilians? It's Complicated.

"I know about half a dozen people here, who have truly forgotten that one day they arrived here and lived here illegally."

26 February 2017

She’s Still in School, But This Slovenian Journalist Just Took Down a High-Powered State Official

Journalist Lea Majcen is an overnight celebrity in Slovenia, after stumping government official Tilen Smolnikar with basic interview questions about his work as head of the country's renewable energy sector.

Why Singapore Changed the Name of Its New World War II Exhibition

"We must honor and respect the feelings of those who suffered terribly and lost family members during the Japanese Occupation," said the country's minister for communications and information.

Kenyans Get an Early Start on Their Summer Election Season

Kenyans don't go to the polls until Aug. 8, but election fever is already gripping the country. On Twitter, one trending hashtag is #NotWithMyVote.

Meet Kyrgyzstan, a Haven for Central Asian Reporters Amid Love and Strife

"I do not feel borders, my base is Kyrgyzstan, but I am reporting on Central Asia."

St. Petersburg Stands up for St. Isaac's Cathedral

RuNet Echo

Despite a variation of the blood libel against protest organizers and pressure from authorities to stand down, St. Petersburg activists continue to stand up for St. Isaac's Cathedral.

25 February 2017

Macedonia’s Ruling Party Is Draining Civil Society Groups’ Time—and Money

Global Voices Advocacy

Ruling partly leaders are calling for the "de-Sorosization" of Macedonian civil society, arguing that the country's civil sector should rely on the Macedonian government for financial support.

Police in Hong Kong Want It to Be Illegal to Insult Them

A crowd of more than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong this week to protest a prison sentence handed down to seven police officers convicted of assaulting a protester.

There's Talk That Beijing Could Override Hong Kong's Election Result If It Doesn't Like the Winner

“Does the election committee have any real power? What’s the point of having an election committee then?”

Renowned Bangladeshi Artist Shahabuddin Ahmed Completes Residency in Indian President's House

"The south Asian continent is becoming a super power and the world is looking towards us."

24 February 2017

As Border Wall Looms Over Mexico, a Closer Look at Israel’s Internationally Condemned Wall

"Netanyahu's support for Trump and the wall shows in all its meanness how low the Israeli prime minister has reached. Shameful."

Why Benjamin Netanyahu Can't Fly Over Indonesia

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-dominated nation, doesn't have a formal diplomatic relationship with Israel. That's bad news for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's flight crew.

Maldivians Are Outraged Over a Rumored Deal to ‘Sell Off’ Faafu Atoll to Saudi Arabia

"Maldivians, today, are suffering the consequences of allowing political elites make decisions on our behalf without any accountability..."

Benjamin Netanyahu's Historic Visit to Australia Gets Mixed Reactions

"Mr Netanyahu’s policies consistently aim to provoke, intimidate and oppress the Palestinian population which increase that imbalance, thus taking Israel irretrievably further from peace..."

23 February 2017

Oscar López Rivera Is in Puerto Rico but Under House Arrest Until His Sentence Expires

His sentence expires on May 17.

Erdogan's Purges Arrive in Angola

Critics say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engineered a police crackdown in Angola on an international private school.

Visit by France's Marine Le Pen Leaves Many Lebanese Unimpressed

Marine Le Pen was granted the honor of a State Visit in Lebanon. Here's how she spent it.

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