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· October, 2013

Stories about Politics from October, 2013

24 October 2013

After Lampedusa Shipwreck, Italy Considers Decriminalizing Illegal Immigration

The tragedy, in which 350 or so African migrants were killed, has renewed debate about illegal immigration in Italy, which is a destination for many African migrants.

One Month Until Honduras’ General Election

Central Asia's Presidents: Political Stalwarts and Musical Softies

Some presidents in Central Asian countries sing, dance, and play musical instruments. When they fail to impress their populations, however, people sing against them.

Malaysia Revives ‘Detention Without Trial’ Law

The government insists a tough law is needed to defeat gangs and criminal syndicates. But critics are worried that the law would lead to grave human rights abuses.

Catalan Man Sentenced to Prison after Refusing to Speak Spanish

Carles Mateu, who refused to speak in Spanish to officers during a routine traffic stop in Valencia, was sentenced to six months in prison and had his driver's license revoked.

23 October 2013

Tajik Official Plagiarizes Story Extolling President

The Suspended Martyrdom of Russia's Alexey Navalny

RuNet Echo

After his tumultuous guilty verdict and five-year prison sentence last July, a court recently suspended Alexey Navalny's sentence, leaving the Russian opposition's most prominent leader on probation but free.

Chinese Newspaper Defies Censors, Publishes Front-Page Call for Journalist's Release

Reporter Chen Yongzhou was detained by police after the publication of his numerous investigative reports on the business practices of a large Chinese construction company.

In Wake of Suicide Bombing Russians Question Their Security

RuNet Echo

An explosion aboard a Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) commuter bus caused a stir in Russia’s blogosphere on Monday.

22 October 2013

Saudi Clerics Protest Women Driving

Saudi Prisoners’ Children Put Into Solitary Confinement

Relatives of prisoners, including children, who were denied from meeting their loved ones during Eid Al Adha, are now being detained in Saudi Arabia, after staging an "illegal" protest.

Fujimori Trial Temporarily Suspended Due to His Haggard Appearance

Many were not convinced about the state of the president's health, who was subpoenaed to testify about the purchase of the editorial line of some newspapers to promote his reelection.

Opposition Wins Trinidad's Local Government Elections, but Everybody Celebrates

The opposition People's National Movement has won Trinidad's Local Government Elections - but that hasn't stopped the other political parties from claiming some measure of victory. Netizens, meanwhile, are incredulous.

Nicolás Maduro's First Six Months as President of Venezuela

Egypt: “Morsi is Not Coming Back”

The Crowd in the Machine

The Bridge

How we create images of crowds affects our understanding of them.

Madagascar Presidential Elections: The Home Stretch

33 candidats se présentent aux élections présidentielles à Madagascar. Cependant seuls 16 d'entre eux ont eu une vrai présence pendant la campagne dans les médias. Certains se demandent où sont...

“Let Russians Sweep Their Own Streets”: Minorities Ponder Ethnic Violence

RuNet Echo

Non-ethnic Russians have been keen to express their views on the Biryulyovo riots online, using the language common to many of them - Russian.

CCTV News Tweets About Zhou Yongkang Corruption Case

21 October 2013

Trinidad & Tobago: Giving the Government the Finger?

Today, Trinidadians voted in the country's Local Government Elections; Facebook was full of photos of citizens' ink-stained fingers. The question remains: have their votes sent a message to the government?