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Stories about Politics

4 October 2019

Can the 2019 presidential election alleviate rampant poverty in Afghanistan?

“I have had already this powerless feeling, and there was nothing to do, except voting."

Lilly Satidtanasarn, the 12-year-old taking on plastic pollution in Thailand

"Adults think I’m doing homework or a school project. They didn’t take me seriously but I kept emailing them and now they take me seriously."

2 October 2019

As real bullets fly and hit in Hong Kong, the police start a new cycle of unprecedented violence

Hong Kong sees its first victim of live gunshot as the city is once again marred in a vicious circle of violence

Bearing witness to Putin's rise to power

Interview with Vitaly Mansky, a former film director with Russia's state TV, about his latest documentary — on Putin's rise to power, exactly 20 years ago.

No land, no fish: Mekong community in northeast Thailand struggles against a double-threat

"I don’t understand but I’m very stressed. How can they demolish it? I don’t have anywhere to live. We aren’t rich investors. We’re poor people."

The Caribbean speaks out on the climate crisis

Caribbean activists are joining the global movement to demand action on climate change; after all, island nations are on the frontline of the crisis with the most adverse effects.

The fault lines in Cameroon's national peace talks

National peace dialogues in Cameroon have left some citizens filled with doubt and fear. “I don’t see anything coming out of that meeting in Yaoundé," said Martin, a carpenter.

1 October 2019

While El Salvador's security improves, the country loses ground in press freedom

Advox

While there are fewer murders in El Salvador, the government appears to show censorship tendencies towards the media and critical voices.

29 September 2019

Censorship and online threats against the press spell trouble for the future of Pakistani journalism

The Committee to Protect Journalists says as many as 61 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1992; in most cases, the perpetrators could not be identified.

Press freedom watchdog dismisses China’s '70 Years of Progress on Human Rights’ as ‘smokescreen’

Reporters Without Borders slams China's white paper on human rights as "a smokescreen" to mask the country's "horrendous record" with regard to human rights and press freedom.

28 September 2019

Global rally to urge U.S. congress to vote for the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

'This is a plea for universal human rights, for democracy and for the freedom to choose…'

25 September 2019

How was Pope Francis’ visit to Mozambique?

Pope Francis visited Mozambique from 4 to 6 September.

A snapshot of climate strikes across Southeast Asia

The protest actions in Southeast Asia highlighted various issues such as the impact of large-scale mining, haze pollution, and continuing dependence on fossil fuels.

24 September 2019

Russia's return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: Diplomacy or defeat?

Amending the Council of Europe’s (CoE) sanctioning rules to restore Russia’s voting rights in its Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has divided democracy and human rights advocates.

22 September 2019

Broken bones, internal bleeding: Hong Kong police used ‘reckless, indiscriminate’ tactics during protests, says Amnesty

"...police officers meted out violence prior to and during arrests, even when the individual had been restrained. The use of force was clearly excessive, violating international human rights law."

20 September 2019

Serbian journalists expose a ruling party bot application used to manipulate readers’ comments on media websites 

Advox

Investigative journalists discovered that a mobile application linked to their country's ruling party IP address was used for automatic voting on user comments on websites of popular media outlets.

19 September 2019

Azerbaijanis wary of new ‘morality police’

Progressive Baku residents see "morality police" as immoral, and experts say the move will ultimately be ineffective.

Yale-NUS college draws criticism in Singapore after canceling a class on ‘dialogue and dissent’

"If we cannot make space and listen to the person that says no, then democracy dies. It’s that fundamental."

China Central Television urges netizens to doxx Hong Kong protesters and reporters

The state-run TV helped publicise doxxing site hkleaks.ru, which targeted pro-democracy lawmakers, student activists and journalists in Hong Kong.

18 September 2019

Cameroon on a path to ‘national dialogue’ as Anglophone crisis continues

Cameroon's national dialogues were announced amidst ongoing violence and a new surge of refugees fleeing insecurity — including intimidation, lockdowns and school closures — in the Anglophone northwest and southwest...