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· March, 2019

Stories about Politics from March, 2019

29 March 2019

Is the Haitian parliament's revocation of Prime Minister Céant another feat of zero-sum game politics?

The no-confidence vote and resulting reshuffle are impacting the government's capacity to provide a timely and effective response to Haiti's socio-economic crisis.

What changed for the Macedonian people after the country changed its name to Republic of North Macedonia

However, that didn't just transform the Balkan country's international relations: it also introduced many changes that affect the everyday lives of its people.

India's elections are right around the corner — and the fake news problem is not going away

Advox

Experts have found that many of India's most insidious disinformation campaigns arise from political parties themselves.

28 March 2019

Facebook comment about throwing an egg at Singapore minister triggers police probe

Advox

"To be honest, I don't feel much regret. I feel it's a matter of freedom of speech, and that we have a right to voice such opinions."

27 March 2019

The Slovakian memes that tore apart the first round of presidential elections

Pro-EU candidate Zuzana Čaputová won the first round following an eventful race that was wittily captured by the Slovakian internet on memes.

26 March 2019

With elections just days away, Ukraine faces disinformation, cyber attacks and further Russian interference

Advox

Ukraine may be home to “the most globally advanced case of computational propaganda.” How will this affect the presidential election?

China’s press freedom crackdown poses a threat to democracies, says media watchdog

“If democracies do not resist, ‘Chinese-style’ propaganda will gradually invade the world’s media, competing with journalism as we know it.”

25 March 2019

Censored on WeChat: #MeToo in China

Advox

The term “rice bunny”, which sounds similar to “me too” when spoken in Chinese, was used as a replacement hashtag to get around the censors.

Afghan government is ready for talks with the Taliban, but are their victims?

Crossfire, improvised explosive devices, assassinations, bombings, nighttime raids on homes of suspected insurgents and airstrikes have been blamed for high civilian casualty numbers.

23 March 2019

Deprived of citizenship, the Vietnamese of Cambodia live on the edge of society

“They tell us to go back to Vietnam. They say we fish everything and leave nothing for them. They tell us to go home. They don’t want us here.”

22 March 2019

Violence tiptoes in on jokes, stereotypes, and lies — and catches us by surprise

The Bridge

Yeah, I'm angry. And scared. About racism. Our future. The Netherlands.

Controversy at Malaysia’s Women’s Day march leads to its organizers being probed for sedition

"The government must not take the side of the bullies. Denying a group of marginalised groups their right to participate in democracy is truly an abuse of democracy."

20 March 2019

Keeping it in the family: Kazakhstani president Nazarbayev resigns, but leaves little hope for real reform

Despite the surprise transition, all signs suggest that the new regime will look very much like the old one.

19 March 2019

‘Who ordered the killing of Marielle Franco?,’ Brazil asks a year after the councilwoman's murder

"Who ordered the president's neighbor to kill Marielle?"

Russian journalist forced to resign for Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities

RuNet EchoAdvox

Journalist Maria Karpenko says her editor confronted her about co-running a Telegram channel critical of St. Petersburg authorities.

18 March 2019

‘Blood feud’ against Chechen blogger is the culmination of a months-long, unusually frank conversation about a buried past

RuNet Echo

Heated exchanges provide a rare glimpse into painful and conflicted issues that are burning hot in today’s Chechnya, ten years after the official conclusion of the Second Chechen War.

Abandoned church construction site bears testimony to waning Russian influence in North Macedonia

Sergei Samsonenko's fortune seems to have waned since the Russia-backed political party VMRO-DPMNE lost the 2016 elections after ruling for a decade.

Slovak businessman charged with ordering murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée

Advox

"This is a significant step, and a rare one in murders of journalists. We hope authorities keep their promise to bring all perpetrators to justice."

#FreeSerikjan and the long shadow of Xinjiang's camps in neighbouring Kazakhstan

Advox

Kazakhstan's government is nervous about what Seikjan Bilash does, as well as what he might do if allowed to grow more popular.

16 March 2019

‘Racism is the shackles holding back our Republic,’ says Brazilian anthropologist Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

The killing of an unarmed black teen inside of a supermarket was the last reminder of racism in Brazil. Global Voices talked to Moritz Schwarcz to understand this context