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· March, 2014

Stories about Politics from March, 2014

26 March 2014

In A Syrian Neighbourhood, Rocket Fire Becomes The New Normal

The Bridge

When her Aleppo neighbourhood is the target of rocket fire, Syrian activist Marcell Shehwaro's is both surprised, and not surprised, at how quickly life returns to "normal".

Trinidad & Tobago: Minister Fired Over Plane Debacle

The Night the Lights Went Out in Jamaica: Politician Freed of Corruption Charges

The dropping of charges against a former minister of Parliament in a corruption scandal involving the distribution of light bulbs, has Jamaicans discussing whether the judicial system has a bias.

Corruption in Nepal: Is It Becoming Socially Acceptable?

25 March 2014

Ukrainians Desperate to Flip the Script on Fascism

Paraguayan President Faces First Major Test as Citizens Prepare for a General Strike

Paraguay will live its first general strike after two decades. Workers, peasants, teacher unions and students will give Horacio Cartes his first major test as president.

First Tweet from President of Madagascar is the Ultimate Meta Tweet

Asylum Seekers Face Uncertainty in East Timor

How Russians Are Outsmarting Internet Censorship

RuNet Echo

RuNet activists have created a sophisticated system of censorship evasion and counter-attack, which can potentially make life hard for both censors and pro-Kremlin websites.

Obama Meets the Chinese President in Netherlands as the US First Lady Continues Her Soft Diplomacy in China

US First Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to China roughly at the same time her husband traveled to the Netherlands for a nuclear summit, also attended by China's president.

Ukrainian Paramilitary Leader Assassinated, Moscow to Blame?

24 March 2014

President Santos Confirms the Dismissal of Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro

The Colombian president did not adopt precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for Gustavo Petro to continue as mayor of Bogotá, the country's capital.

Jose Dos Santos, the 1.8-Billion-Dollar President of Angola

Meanwhile, 70 percent of Angolans live on less than two dollars a day.

Libya Vs Iraq: Who Wins in the Explosives Finale?

Egypt Sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters to Death

Egypt today [March 24] sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for their roles in violent riots in Minya, in Upper Egypt, last August.

Sifting Through Conflicting Versions of India and Pakistan's Shared Past

The History Project compiles narratives from Pakistani and Indian history books to expose biases in the treatment of the 1947 Partition of India.

Returning Human Remains is Not an Apology, Says Namibia to Germany

Putin's Alleged “Ukraine Annexation Plan” Surfaces Online

RuNet Echo

Katya Gorchinskaya, deputy editor of the newspaper KyivPost, has published on Facebook photographs of a report that journalists are calling "Putin's plan for annexing Ukraine."

Divisions Persist in Cameroon Despite Reunification's Grandiose Golden Jubilee

Criticism was heaped on President Paul Biya for the celebration, held three years late and on a date that had no historical significance.

23 March 2014

Was Jamaica's Vybz Kartel Found Guilty or To Be Found Guilty?

On the heels of the verdict in the Vybz Kartel murder trial, one blogger raises questions about the track records of the Jamaican police and judicial system.