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· September, 2017

Stories about Politics from September, 2017

20 September 2017

Speaking of Independence Is Getting Harder for Hong Kongers

Global Voices Advocacy

"The universities can say they don’t support Hong Kong independence, but students and teachers should have the freedom of speech to discuss Hong Kong independence."

19 September 2017

German Anti-Immigrant Party Targets Russian-German Voters With a Xenophobic Ad

RuNet Echo

The ad was highly criticized. One German woman wrote, "...because I'm all for fighting for our country, I’m considering suing you and your 'party' for incitement of ethnic hatred..."

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

18 September 2017

In Ukraine, Fears of ‘Technological Terrorism’ Cause Free Expression to Decline

Global Voices Advocacy

State of Internet freedom in Ukraine is a reflection of challenges brought to free speech and independent reporting under the conflict settings, explains legal expert Olga Kyryliuk.

The Conflict in Eastern Ethiopia, Explained

The latest conflict in Ethiopia killed at least dozens of people and displaced thousands. The cause of the violence again was scarce water and land resources.

17 September 2017

Mexico's Appeal for an Impartial Federal Prosecutor General

Mexico's ruling party wants one of its members to become the Federal Prosecutor General. Many believe this represents a conflict of interest.

Exploring Identities: Kazakhstan's Planned Shift to the Latin Alphabet

"Arguments against the adoption of Latin are inherently grounded in imperial Russian or Soviet ideology."

16 September 2017

Estonian President Warns of ‘Self-Occupation,’ Prompting Praise and Political Spin

Estonian president's remarks against close-minded nationalism received different political interpretations abroad, obscuring her focus on the real challenges -- technological change, including the globalization of workforce.

15 September 2017

Thousands of Indians Take to Streets Seeking Justice for Murdered Journalist Gauri Lankesh

"There has rarely been a period of such constructed, deliberate terror and hatred. We are up against the largest machine of hate."

Adopted Georgian Journalist Launches Bid for City Assembly in Capital Tbilisi

"The problems of Saburtalo – chaotic construction, urban transport and lack of green cover – are the problems of the city as a whole."

What's the Value of Human Rights? According to the Philippines House of Representatives, $20.

The lower house voted to slash the Commission on Human Rights' budget to just 1,000 pesos, accusing the body of protecting "criminals" over victims in the country's war on drugs.

14 September 2017

Among a Rising Tide of Extremism in Syria, Women's Freedoms Hang in the Balance

Extremist groups like ISIS, Hezbollah and al-Nusra are undermining the freedoms that Syria’s women and girls enjoyed, which were a longtime strength of Syrian society.

Teen Killings Show How Vulnerable Communities Suffer the Brunt of the Philippine Government's ‘War on Drugs’

"This could happen to anyone as Duterte continually encourages the police to kill without due process, plant evidence, and cover up in the course of his bloody 'war on drugs'."

13 September 2017

Twitter Tells Kashmiri Journalists and Activists That They Will Be Censored at Indian Government's Request

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is an attempt at intimidating those who post the truth that will never be shown by Indian media."

Taiwanese Activist Was Forced to Confess on Camera to ‘Smearing the Chinese Government,’ Allies Say

Global Voices Advocacy

"...if you see Lee Mingche confess against his will in court....please forgive him. This is just another drama staged by the Chinese government."

Journalist Faces Defamation Probe for Comparing Indonesia’s Treatment of West Papua with Myanmar's Rohingya

Global Voices Advocacy

Dandhy posted his comments on Facebook following a rally condemning the Myanmar government for its treatment of Rohingya refugees.

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan: Once Deadly Foes, Now BFF?

"The sensation is in the goodwill of the Uzbek leader. Mirziyoyev is so open, friendly, and well-wishing. It can only bring us delight."

12 September 2017

Singaporeans Face Police Investigation After Holding Candlelight Vigil for Executed Migrant Worker

When a nonviolent vigil for a man about to be hanged is deemed 'illegal assembly' worthy of a police investigation, it's time to rethink public order and freedom of assembly.

11 September 2017

The Stories Behind DACA, the Now-Ended Program for Young Undocumented Immigrants in the US

Rising Voices

"The term American should not be defined by a document or the lack of one, but more so the willingness to contribute to the country and help others out..."

At Twitter's Tokyo Office, Protesters Stomp on Hateful Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

About one hundred demonstrators gathered outside Twitter Japan's Tokyo headquarters to demand that the company do more to rein in harassment and hate speech on its network.

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