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Stories about Politics

Turkey and China in the eastern Mediterranean: Partners or competitors?

China and Turkey continue to collaborate on their visions for trans-continental integration, though should Ankara's political and military ambitions increase, Beijing might reconsider its role as a reliable BRI partner. 

Hong Kong labels the host of Tiananmen vigil and other civic groups as ‘foreign agents’ to justify clampdown

'Once the organization is labelled as a "political organization", those who are funded or employed by them would be treated as foreign agents.'

After Twitter labeled Serbian pro-government media: It is important to know who controls and exercises pressure on media

Top Serbian state officials accused Twitter of censorship after it posted labels on the profiles and tweet of media outlets that don't enjoy editorial independence from the government.

Anti-vaccination protesters storm Slovenian public broadcaster, threatening journalists

Slovenian police had to forcefully remove about 20 anti-vaccination protesters who were not wearing masks and were insulting journalists.

Resisting the coup and the patriarchy: An interview with Myanmar's feminist activist Nandar

"I want people to know that showing solidarity isn't an expensive act. It can be done in so many ways if you don't limit yourself."

Puny opposition no threat to Japan's sickly government

Opposition parties comprising vocal anti-vaxxers and members making unsettlingly inappropriate comments do not appear robust enough to unseat an unpopular Japanese government in the October polls.

The story of a potato biscuit-chips fusion — how a Bangladeshi brand mesmerised India

A Bangladeshi manufacturing company has become extremely popular in India because of its spicy, sweet and savoury offerings — especially for its potato-biscuit fusion which became an internet sensation.

China's crackdown on business, media and entertainment sectors is packaged as a ‘profound revolution’

China started a heavy-handed clampdown on the private corporate sector from Big Tech companies to property developers near the end of 2020. The crackdown then extended to education, culture and...

A month after vaccine mandate protests, opposition figures arrested in St Vincent & the Grenadines

After the prime minister was injured during an August protest, a woman was arrested for the assault. Four opposition members/supporters have since been charged in relation to the protests.

Georgian-Belarusian security cooperation deal worries political emigres in Georgia

A year after disputed presidential elections in Belarus, a Georgian-Belarusian security cooperation agreement has come into force. Critics fear the treaty could help Minsk target political dissidents residing in Georgia.

Chinese netizens identify the Weibo supervisor system as a source of arbitrary censorship

Each Weibo supervisor filed an average of 4,472 censorship reports in July 2021. The top performer would have to file 700 complaints per day and 70 reports per hour.

Transnistrian election fraud ‘a slap in the face of Moldovan democracy’

Moldovan journalists with Ziarul de Garda investigate how voters in Transnistria, a unrecognized republic bordering Moldova, sold their votes during the July 2021 Moldovan election.

Azerbaijan extends special quarantine regime

As of September 1, all citizens over the age of 18 will have to provide proof of vaccination when entering indoor spaces, including restaurants, cafes, and shopping malls.

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party turns 20

Two decades into AK Party rule, its popularity is dwindling and its ties with western governments have deteriorated significantly as the country is facing an economic and democratic precipice. 

Disinformation campaign intensifies as Afghan refugees arrive in North Macedonia

The first group of 149 Afghan citizens arrived in Skopje on August 30. While the government and civil society welcome the refugees, right-wing nationalists exploit their plight to spread disinformation...

As Ebrahim Raisi begins his presidential role, oppression is set to soar in Iran

Iran's former Chief Justice and head of the regime's judiciary apparatus won the presidential election on June 19 in a landslide victory.

Ken Behrens-Canberrans caption error creates Australia's accidental COVID-19 hero

"In response to Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s kind words, I’d like to say 'You’re welcome' ;p. Though please don’t tell him that I’m not actually at home right now!"

Facebook user gets 18-month prison sentence for mocking Cambodia’s prime minister

"This verdict is a message that makes those who have constructive ideas or criticisms in relation to social issues be fearful and hesitant and will limit their freedom of expression."

Protestors call for the resignation of Thailand's Prime Minister Gen Prayut

Since last year, protestors have been calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Gen Prayut who came to power through a coup in 2014.

Who is glorifying terrorism: Hong Kong students or the Chinese government?

HK police arrested four university students on charges of 'advocating terrorism' because they mourned the death of a police assaulter. Meanwhile, China looks to cooperate with the Afghan Taliban.

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