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Stories about Politics

7 August 2019

China’s hunger for minerals stirs resistance in rural Thailand

Chinese efforts to obtain a cheap source of a crop-boosting mineral are raising fears of an environmental crisis among farming communities in Thailand.

6 August 2019

Algeria: A victory on the pitch and in the streets

Algeria's footballers win the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, and inspire protesters calling for political change at home.

Security forces in Guinea now have the right to use deadly force

Human rights and opposition groups fear the law could be used to grant impunity and target dissent ahead of 2020 elections when President Alpha Condé will seek a third term. 

Sentencing of Turkish social media influencer sparks debate on free speech

Advox

A Turkish Twitter celebrity is being sued for allegedly advocating drug consumption, reigniting the debate about online freedom of expression

A Hong Kong artist’s ‘surreal’ depiction of the anti-extradition protests

In addition to the Lennon Wall, the artist's work has likened the protesters to superheroes, compared protest power to Dragon Ball Z, and depicted the protesters fighting against Gozilla.

5 August 2019

Netflix's ‘The Great Hack’ highlights Cambridge Analytica's role in Trinidad & Tobago elections

Advox

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie may visit Trinidad and Tobago to talk to a parliamentary Joint Select Committee about campaign election interference — and who hired and paid the company.

Hong Kong anti-extradition protests accelerate into a movement against Beijing-backed police authorities

More evidence is starting to emerge that the Hong Kong police force worked in cooperation with the Triad, an organized crime unit, during the Yuen Long mob attack on July...

2 August 2019

Cannabis advocates petition Trinidad & Tobago parliament to enact existing medical marijuana legislation

Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Health has never exercised its power to issue cannabis licences "for medicinal or scientific purposes”; supporters of marijuana legalisation think it's long overdue.

‘I am a Hongkonger’: Artist Ai Weiwei on why he supports the city’s protest movement

'Freedom of expression is the most important weapon to combat authoritarianism. Authoritarians simply have no imagination, and without that, they have no future.'

It's Emancipation Day in Trinidad & Tobago — but is the country free?

"This emancipation embrace the fullness and richness of who you are, where you came from, the blood and history that's in your veins."

1 August 2019

Election focuses spotlight on disability issues in Japan

Kimura Eiko and Funago Yasuhiko, who both rely on motorized wheelchairs and caregiver support in order to carry out daily tasks, were elected to the upper house of Japan's parliament.

Iran's invisible children

"Given the Islamic Republic’s history of discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities, this lack of infrastructure, economic negligence and the depth of poverty appears intentional..."

Trinidad and Tobago prime minister refuses to impeach embattled chief justice

"The conclusion I have reached in all the circumstances is that [there is] an insufficient basis, in fact, to warrant [...] that the chief justice's removal ought to be investigated."

31 July 2019

Pro-China forum's plan to troll Hong Kong protesters foiled after doxxing retaliation

Advox

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.

30 July 2019

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."

29 July 2019

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.

28 July 2019

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."

27 July 2019

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.

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