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· May, 2017

Stories about Politics from May, 2017

31 May 2017

Mexico's Indigenous Peoples Select a Woman to Represent Their Resistance in Upcoming Presidential Election

"Let this country shake with the resistance, rebellion and dignity of all the peoples of Mexico."

30 May 2017

Police Threaten Maldivian Bloggers Abroad With Arrest Over Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

Four independent Maldivian bloggers and activists living overseas have been issued arrest warrants by police over the past week. Apparently, they were targeted because they promote secularism or secularists.

PHOTOS: More Than 70,000 Displaced by Clashes Between Philippine Troops and Suspected ISIS-Backed Group

Thousands of families have fled their homes in Marawi City to avoid getting caught in the crossfire.

Facebook ‘Mistakenly’ Censored Tiananmen Massacre Tribute

Global Voices Advocacy

Facebook said the image “belittles, threatens or attacks a particular person, legal entity, nationality or group.” Following an uproar among Hong Kongers, the company apologised and approved the image.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Rebukes Student for Exalting Free Speech in Graduation Remarks

Global Voices Advocacy

Foreign ministry officials are using Yang's speech to prove a recycled conspiracy about overseas Chinese students being contaminated by Western ideology.

Old Names Dominate Nepal’s First Local Polls in 20 Years

Despite the slow counting and the continued dominance of big parties, some are cheering the victory of thousands of women candidates in Nepal's first local polls in 20 years.

Kazakhstan Is Preparing to Effectively Ban Political Opposition

The banning of independent candidates at presidential elections is yet another blow to hopes of a democratic future.

29 May 2017

Croatians Are Planning a Repeat of Last Year's Massive Protests for Educational Reform

"Anyone who's thinking more than four years ahead knows that investing in education is worthwhile."

28 May 2017

Lost in Translation in Central Asia: My Tokol's Car Is a Toyota

A Kyrgyz or Kazakh man's 'younger wife' is like 'a cow without horns'. She suffers social stigma and enjoys few rights.

27 May 2017

Plagiarism Scandal Involving the Minister of Science and Education Still Stirs Croatia

A group of academics, supported by over 11 thousand signatories of an online petition, keep demanding the removal of plagiarists from high-ranking public office in Croatia.

When Journalists Are Attacked, Macedonian Authorities Are Dangerously Slow to Act

Global Voices Advocacy

Some media workers who were targeted during mob violence at Macedonia's parliament in April haven't filed reports with police because they don't believe anything will come of them.

26 May 2017

An Interview With Anna Veduta, Russian Activist, Expert, and Feminist

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo speaks to Anna Veduta about her work for Russia’s anti-corruption crusader, her relocation to the United States, and her experience as a regional expert and feminist.

After Reelection, Iran's President Rouhani Abandons Promise to Free Green Movement Leaders

President Hassan Rouhani refused to commit to ending the more than six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders—a pledge he made during his first presidential campaign.

25 May 2017

The Election of Dr. Tedros as WHO Director-General Isn't Exactly Uniting Ethiopians

"You won a free election, congratulations. Now, why don't you try that here in #Ethiopia?!"

Cries of Impunity as Macedonia's ‘Bloody Thursday’ Parliament Attackers Get Suspended Sentences

According to members of the security forces who spoke anonymously to journalists, the attackers planned to execute people, but were deterred by the eyewitnesses filming the event on their phones.

Is the Belt and Road Project the Answer to China's Economic Woes? Some Aren't So Sure.

"...the risk for bad debt is huge. While other countries can easily back down from the initiative, as the leader of the initiative, China will be the last to quit."

24 May 2017

Trinidad & Tobago Ministers Rack Up Big Bills—and Social Media Outrage

Trinidad and Tobago netizens are tired of public officials wantonly spending taxpayers' money, especially in a sluggish economy.

A Russian University Wanted to Award Duterte an Honorary Doctorate, but He Flew Home Too Soon

RuNet Echo

One of Russia’s most prestigious universities planned to award controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte an honorary doctorate, but he left the country before the ceremony could take place, Russian media...

Why Trump's Hostile Handshake Routine Was No Big Deal for Tajikistan's President

Never try to strong-arm the strongman.

23 May 2017

Flooding Washes Up Jamaica’s Poor Planning and Environmental Practices

Changing weather patterns, poor planning and development, inadequate drainage, and careless waste disposal converge to create disaster zones in Jamaica after just three days of heavy rains.

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