Stories about Politics from July, 2019
Pro-China forum's plan to troll Hong Kong protesters foiled after doxxing retaliation
Pro-China forum members quickly halted their plan to troll Hong Kong anti-extradition protesters after their personal information, including identity card number and bank record was exposed online.
Disappointment with the West is crucial for growth of pro-Russian narratives in the Balkans, says researcher
"Although all countries in the region have been targets of pro-Russia disinformation efforts recently, there has been no recognition of this trend as a security issue at the political level"
New book presents rarely researched aspects of Myanmar's political and media transition
"But as many of the contributors noted, while the space for expression did open up, the threats against journalists and activists did not reduce."
Threatened with demolition, Albania's National Theatre continues to resist despite a police raid
In Tirana, an ongoing protest against the planned demolition of the National Theatre reveals deep social and political divisions that polarize the Albanian society.
Lack of diverse media ownership leads to censorship in Pakistan says new report
In Pakistan, a small number of companies dominate the country's media landscape in terms of both ownership and audience share.
Thai folk singer and activist Tom Dundee released after five years in prison for insulting monarchy
"Democracy must be created from the people, mustn’t it? Democracy cannot come from only one person."
Haitian president proposes 4th prime minister as public trust plummets
Public opinion continues to plummet as the Haitian government focuses on polishing its image rather than tackling real issues.
After two straight weeks of protests, Puerto Ricans force governor to resign
Secretary of Justice Wanda Vázquez will be Puerto Rico's second female governor.
Twitter campaign by Pakistani ruling party warns media against anti-state criticism
According to the government, the idea behind the series of tweets was not to ridicule but to ‘educate’ the media. However, the activists feel otherwise amidst troll attacks.
Poorly regulated and rich in reach: online technologies in Ukraine’s elections
Ukraine’s political life is increasingly lived online. But with political ads and data security poorly regulated, networked politics is open to manipulation.
Trinidad & Tobago's history of government relations with gang leaders exposed
A local newspaper exposé shows how government contracts have contributed to the flourishing of gang culture in Trinidad and Tobago.
Is Mandarin Chinese the language of East Africa’s future?
As China strengthens its already robust trade and infrastructural ties with Africa, Chinese-government funded Confucius Institutes to teach Chinese Mandarin are on the rise.
How US arms supplies to Saudi Arabia threatens Sudan's hard-won peace
The Saudis supply Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces with money and arms. When the US does arms deals with Saudi Arabia they’re essentially supporting RSF.
It's not just President Jair Bolsonaro who defends child labor—wealthy Brazilians think it's fine too
"If you think the struggle against child labor is meant to stop you from selling chocolate at school to pay for your tennis lessons, you didn’t understand anything."
Armed mobs attack anti-extradition protesters in a suburban Hong Kong subway station
"At least 45 people were hospitalized and one was left in critical condition as a result of the mob attack."
Hong Kong anti-extradition protests evolve into district-level demonstrations
With no end in sight, Hong Kong's anti-extradition protests have evolved into a series of demonstrations in local districts.
Philippine vice president and other Duterte critics charged with sedition
"The charges are meant to silence and persecute human rights lawyers, opposition leaders, and the church, and to send a message to anyone who dares to criticize this administration."
What do Zimbabwe’s internet disruptions say about the state of digital rights in the country?
Government officials have repeatedly described access to social media as a potential threat, hinting that more disruptions would not be ruled out in the future.
The organization and future of the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests
Professor Francis Li shared insights into protesters' organization strategies and discussed the future of the movement during a public salon at the Hong Kong cafe Brew Note.
Outrage in Moscow after opposition candidates barred from local election
State-appointed “handwriting experts” stepped in and discovered palpably absurd reasons to invalidate hundreds of signatures collected in support of independent candidates.
Brazil's top court criminalizes homophobia and transphobia
"We believe that punitivism should not be the way for regulation, but since we live in a society tha only reorganizes itself with laws, it is an important decision."