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· November, 2021

Stories about Politics from November, 2021

‘Unfit for military service': How Azerbaijan stigmatizes LGBTQ+ military personnel

In Azerbaijan, though homosexuality is not legally considered a disease, when it comes to military service it is registered as either a neurological/psychological illness or a personality disorder.

Myanmar rappers express rage and resistance against the military regime

"Myanmar hip hop will never be silenced. We come together, not because we are the same but because we are united as one."

‘Bitcoin City’ in El Salvador seen through local memes

Most memes highlight the stark contrast between the government's over-the-top efforts to attract foreign investors and its limited investment in lowering crime rates.

Protests sweep Turkey as Lira plummets to an all-time low

Protests erupted across several cities in Turkey in the evening hours of November 23 after the Turkish national currency hit a record low against foreign currencies earlier in the day.

The ignored, unwanted, and unforgiven

On November 8, the Victory Day celebration, new annual holiday that commemorates Azerbaijan’s victory in the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, a crowd in downtown Baku was filmed cheering as they burned Armenian...

Chinese tennis star reappears after #WhereisPengShuai campaign sparked global outcry

Tennis star Peng Shuai has reappeared on a number of video clips released by Chinese state owned media outlets and the latest, a video call with the International Olympic Committee.

‘Neglect at home, profits abroad': Cuba's medical system

"The contradictions in the Cuban healthcare system have worsened with the pandemic. COVID-19 also enabled the government to relaunch its missions around the world."

Ukraine marks anniversary of Euromaidan protest on Day of Dignity and Freedom

Global Voices covered the Revolution of Dignity extensively in 2013 and 2014, featuring the multitude of citizen voices as captured by our volunteer authors.

Political dynasties and billionaires hijack ‘democratic’ party-list system in the Philippines

"The most urgent need of the hour is for legislation to be passed to revise the party-list act and install permanent safeguards to prevent abuses and misuses of the system."

Once more, Jamaicans debate whether states of emergency are an effective crime-fighting tool or a band aid

The murder rate in some communities in Jamaica has increased between 16 and 57 per cent in 2021, with the country recording 1,240 murders so far this year.

Legislating repression: Libya’s new cybercrime law

"The timing of promulgation, with presidential elections just around the corner, has left many people wondering about the purpose behind such a move."

A ‘new deal’ for Africa: Is this the best chance for a generation?

The pressure is now “on Europe, on the developed countries, and on governments, to seize this opportunity to deliver a generational change in Africa.”

An impossible task: Serbia on the European path, hand in hand with Russia and China

Serbia keeps touting the country’s progress in aligning itself with EU foreign policy, but real gains won’t happen with Kosovo on the agenda. 

‘Strollout’: Australia’s word of 2021 alludes to the slow vaccine rollout and delayed climate action

Cartoonist Veteran Peter Broelman joked, "‘The government is a bunch of heartless climate-denying rorting crooks who only look after themselves’ was too long to fit on a page."

Paper lives: Turkey's informal trash collectors face deportations, arrests, and midnight raids

Istanbul police conducted raids on waste collectors' depots last month, allegedly to address potential health hazards, public security concerns, and the employment of unregistered migrants.

Nepal: Drowning in sorrow

Despite protests, defiant sand mining and quarry contractors have continued to leave large abandoned pits along Nepal’s rivers in which children drown by the dozens every year.

Democratization in South Korea and the legacy of the Gwangju Uprising

"Youth participation and engagement in politics are promising. ... I see that the South Korean political system is gradually developing and the general public are embracing institutionalized democratic practices."

Antigua and Barbuda says polluters ‘must pay,’ as climate change remains existential threat to Small Island Developing States

Many small island developing states (SIDS) are struggling to survive, prompting the Caribbean island state of Antigua and Barbuda to call for financial compensation at COP26 for "loss and damage".

A dive into young people's discontent through the Hong Kong indie band, My Little Airport

A dive into the discography and lyrics of My Little Airport (MLA), a 17-year-old indie band in Hong Kong, offers a perspective into young people's discontent in the city.

An all-women coral conservation team is helping to revive Indonesia's world-famous Gili reefs

"I believe that empowering women and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development."

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