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· August, 2020

Stories about Politics from August, 2020

Calls for unity as Trinidad & Tobago celebrates Independence Day

"The General Election 2020 flipped Trinidad and Tobago over and exposed what can be described as its ugly underbelly […] laid bare seething tensions that have simmered between ethnicities."

Concerned citizens petition Timor-Leste authorities to drop planned revival of defamation law

"This proposed law is to protect those in power from criticism when they commit any act of corruption and any other acts of crime."

Disinformation about Belarus spreads in the Balkans via online portals and social media

Fact-checkers from Serbia and North Macedonia have been detecting and countering disinformation favoring the authoritarian regime in Belarus in the mold of previous propaganda narratives from pro-Kremlin troll armies.

Hong Kong police accused of rewriting history to oppress political dissent

Hong Kong police manipulates narratives of mob violence to accuse political opponents of disturbing the peace and arrest them despite multiple video proofs of their innocence

#JusticeForZaraAlvarez: Filipino activists protest worsening impunity under President Duterte

"Saddened by Zara Alvarez's murder in Bacolod. Her daughter is now an orphan. The communities she served as a health worker and human rights advocate are orphaned too."

President Bolsonaro flooded with questions on social media about unexplained deposits into his wife's bank account

Why, a reporter asked the Brazilian president, was nearly US$16,000 deposited into the bank account of Bolsonaro's wife, Michelle, by their long-time acquaintance Fabrício Queiroz?

Belarusian labour activists pressured as political crisis drags on

Growing labour unrest and strikes at key state-owned businesses have become a major challenge to embattled president Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The authorities have struck back with a pressure campaign against the...

Most Taiwanese unfazed by former president's fearmongering on war with China

Speaking at a conference on August 10, former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou said that, once China attacks Taiwan, “the first battle will be the last."

Reorienting Taiwan and Hong Kong: New avenues for building power

" ... Taiwanese theorist Wu Jieh-min once posed what seems in retrospect a rather utopian vision of activists in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China uniting to combat their shared enemy—the...

Spain's scandal-hit former king leaves the country

Spaniards reacted on Twitter with the hashtag #RepúblicaYa or #GraciasMajestad

Why women’s rights and digital rights go hand-in-hand on Namibian Twitter

In Nambia, a Twitter campaign to legalize abortion drew waves of attacks against feminist activists, but as a result, parliament has agreed to discuss Nambia's outdated abortion laws.

Here's why this feminist philosopher has high hopes for Belarus’ protests

For the feminist and political philosopher Olga Shparaga, the protests in her country offer a chance to develop new solidarities and forge a feminist agenda for Belarus' future development

From horticulture to Harry Potter cosplay, Thai students find creative ways to protest against repression

Students across Thailand have been organizing protests demanding “an end to the authorities’ harassment of citizens, the drafting of a new constitution, and the dissolution of parliament.”

Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers split over Beijing-imposed mandate extension

Accepting an extension granted by Beijing's NPC could be seen as a surrender to the mainland -- while rejection means, in practice, a boycott of the LegCo.

‘Uyghur pop music humanizes and amplifies their hopes': Interview with musicologist Elise Anderson

"Uyghur pop is a source of both entertainment and rich inner life. Another role it can play is in humanizing and amplifying Uyghur hopes, aspirations, and lives."

Islamophobic post on Facebook leads to deadly violence in Bangalore

India experiences another episode of real-life violence triggered by online hate speech.

After recounts revealed the same result, Trinidad & Tobago's government is finally sworn in

After a drawn-out recount which failed to affect the original result, the incumbent government has been sworn back into office for another term.

From dubplates to debates: Election campaigning in Jamaica during a pandemic

With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases limiting the ways in which political candidates can campaign, many are producing dubplates — short music videos promoting themselves — to reach the electorate.

‘Concerned IT specialists’ launch database of detained Belarusian protesters

Since August 9, over 7,000 people have been detained in mass protests against the Belarusian government. A new database provides their names and locations — in a bid to get...

In eastern Sudan, a bloody intercommunal conflict raises national security concerns

While the Sudanese people await a signed peace agreement, blood continues to spill, this time along ethnic and tribal lines in the port city of Port Sudan, in eastern Sudan.

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