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· June, 2018

Stories about Politics from June, 2018

19 June 2018

#BabaeAko campaign unites women in challenging the sexist behavior of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

"I am a mother, a teacher, a Filipino. I condemn Duterte for being a misogynist and making it 'acceptable' for women to be hated and attacked."

18 June 2018

Greek and Macedonian nationalists oppose agreement that would end a quarter-century name dispute

"Today's agreement betw. Athens and Skopje is a historic and very courageous achievement that will benefit both sides and the entire region."

15 June 2018

Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead

Advox

"It is virtually impossible to know who are our enemies and who are our friends."

14 June 2018

Trinidad and Tobago's religious leaders ‘unite to divide’ people around the issue of gay rights

"Doing what you can to reduce murder, child abuse, domestic violence...nah, more important to use your leadership position to say who should or shouldn't be allowed to love each other"

13 June 2018

Leading independent websites go dark as Tanzania’s ‘blogger tax’ deadline approaches

Advox

"It is not only a self-censorship license but a way to become the state's tool to censor others (contributors) civic right to express."

12 June 2018

‘You cannot be a liberator and a thief at the same time': Video shows Russian forces disciplining Syrian soldiers for looting

"Russia appears to be casting itself as a protector of the same people whom its forces have either killed, maimed or made homeless"

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Advox

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

Iranian parody band sings a love song for Telegram after its block

Advox

"Just when I was relying on you, you were suddenly blocked and gone and all I have left is this VPN, that's the only bridge between you and I."

Could Jamaica's Data Protection Act shield politicians from journalistic scrutiny?

Advox

"This Bill [...] does not adequately distinguish gathering ‘data’ for journalistic activities from gathering data for regular commercial purposes [which] may have a chilling effect on press freedom."

11 June 2018

Meet the candidates competing to be Mexico's next president

Introducing Mexico's presidential candidates. Among them, a third time presidential hopeful, and a candidate proposing to amputate the hands of corrupt officials. Literally.

Russian journalist forced to resign for criticizing pro-Putin propaganda on Instagram

RuNet Echo

"We wish the Earth could live in peace, but if our commander in chief Beckons to fight the final battle, we are with you, Uncle Vova!"

8 June 2018

Jogging through Tiananmen Square: What happens when Facebook meets China's censorship regime?

Advox

"The floor you stepped on has been covered by blood from students who fought for democracy. But, enjoy your running in China, Mark."

Whether or not Papua New Guinea bans Facebook, critics say free speech still under threat

Advox

"If the government is serious about protecting its citizens, then creating an environment where they can safely use the internet should be the goal, not blocking parts of it altogether."

Jordanians are finding common cause in protests against the government's economic policies

“We’ve had no time to sleep except for two or three hours a day...this is the only way we can do the country no harm and still practise our rights."

The death of Afonso Dhlakama: Mozambique's legendary politician and ex-guerilla leaves a legacy

Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama was "a hero for some and a villain, maybe even the devil, for others. The reasons for considering him as one or the other are fair."

A fishing village and mangrove habitat in the Philippines faces threats of reclamation

"We will not leave our homes. We will fight so long as there are people supporting us and giving us the strength to fight."

6 June 2018

Amid setbacks by the Temer administration, thousands of indigenous peoples march into Brazil's capital

Representatives of the agribusiness sector have gained even greater capillarity since president Temer controversially took office in 2016.

4 June 2018

With elections fast approaching in Mexico, what is at stake for citizens?

This is the first in a series of four articles focused on México’s upcoming elections. In this post: A look at the political background and the emergence of new candidates.

Romanian government considering following Trump's move and relocating its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

The possibility to move Romania's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is yet another episode in the conflict between the PSD-led government and President Iohannis.

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