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· May, 2019

Stories about Politics from May, 2019

31 May 2019

Indonesian General Election 2019: Unique events from the campaign trail

According to an Australian think-tank Lowy Institute, Indonesia has the distinction of holding the largest single-day elections in a democratic country.

29 May 2019

Recent troubles rock the historical Kano Kingdom in northern Nigeria

The ancient Kingdom of Kano has thrived for centuries. Now, a political rivalry has led Kano's civilian governor to split the unified kingdom into five parts.

‘End of an era’ as Jamaica's former prime minister, Edward Seaga, dies

As complicated and divisive as he was beloved, there is no doubt that the late Edward Seaga left an indelible mark on Jamaican politics.

‘You can't run from the truth': Iconic art protests preface Kazakh presidential vote

A police state that once hungered after a shiny international image now seems resigned to painting itself as it really is.

27 May 2019

Russia: Kommersant staff walk out in protest of censorship, triggering journalism ethics debate

RuNet EchoAdvox

The entire politics desk of Kommersant, several dozen people in total, has since resigned out of solidarity with their colleagues.

Right to Information: With its new law in place, will Ghana go the way of Nigeria?

Advox

Nearly two dozen African countries have passed Right to Information laws. But while strong in principle, many have faltered in practice.

25 May 2019

Papua New Guinea PM pushes proposal for social media regulation, citing need to stop ‘fake news’

Advox

"The fact is you can't control platforms were information is circulated, attempts to do such undermines the role of democracy and freedom that is enshrined under the constitution."

24 May 2019

30 years after the Tiananmen Massacre: The troubled history of the Goddess of Democracy

The Goddess of Democracy stood for five days in the Tiananmen Square in 1989 before the bloody massacre of June 4.

23 May 2019

Russian website attempts to impersonate established news outlet covering the Balkans

"The purpose of publishing under the name Balkanist in Russian is to confuse readers at home, in Russia and elsewhere into questioning our sincerity, what and who we support."

North Macedonia vows to remedy injustices against NGOs, closes legal loopholes abused by former government

"NGOs were penalized and unjustly fined for mistakes they had not made," said Deputy Prime Minister Radmilla Šekerinska.

Afghanistan's ‘Art Lords’ on painting change at street level

"The common people like this work. The art is for them."

India's Lok Sabha 2019: Results are in after a weeks-long election process

People have taken to Twitter to vent out their anticipation. Many have taken the exit polls results to be completely reflective of the actual results and have started congratulating Narendra Modi.

21 May 2019

Love wins: same-sex marriage law fully endorsed by Taiwan’s legislature

Taiwan is the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriage, now officially voted by the parliament. The first weddings are expected on May 24.

20 May 2019

Angola cancelled a public tender after suspicions of fraud, indicating divisions in government

The company Telstar was created in January 2018 with capital stock of 200,000 Kwanza (600 US dollars), and the majority shareholder is the general Manuel João Carneiro.

18 May 2019

Why are Colombian indigenous peoples protesting against President Ivan Duque?

Indigenous people in Colombia have organized national protests against President Duque's new development plan, joining forces with other civil society groups like afro-Colombians, small-scale farmers, labor unions and students.

17 May 2019

Brazilians took to the streets to protest Bolsonaro's education cuts

From São Paulo to the Amazon, thousands of Brazilians went out on May 15 to defend public education.

30 years after the Tiananmen Massacre: An interview with survivor Zhou Fengsuo

"It is becoming more and more difficult to demand responsibility for June 4th. Do you still have any hope?"

Anti-Muslim attacks stoke tensions and incite fear amongst mourning Sri Lankans

On 12 May Sunday, anti-muslim violence started over a Facebook post by a Muslim trader in coastal Chilaw town in Puttalam District, North Western Province of Sri Lanka.

16 May 2019

Facebook posts trigger more arrests in Bangladesh, worrying netizens

Advox

Two people were arrested on May 14 and 15, for comments they had posted on Facebook. The arrests have sparked indignation and concern on social media in Bangladesh.

15 May 2019

Singapore parliament approves ‘anti-fake news’ law — will this curtail free speech?

Advox

The law gives broad, unchecked powers to government ministers to determine what online information is "false" and should thus be censored or corrected.

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