Stories about Politics from October, 2016
WhatsApp and Viber Blocked on Election Day in Montenegro
Parliamentary elections in Montenegro had been marred with allegations of irregularities, reported via social networks, and a temporary ban on use of Viber, WhatsApp and similar messaging apps.
A Hong Kong Lawmaker Raises Suspicions With His Surprisingly Swift Renunciation of UK Citizenship
"This is a substantial intervention in the Legislative Council president election in Hong Kong and will affect the autonomy of the law-making body."
Nigerian President Says First Lady ‘Belongs to My Kitchen’ and ‘The Other Room’
"I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room," the president said.
Iceland Is Trying to Elect Politicians Who “Know Who They Work For”
Icelanders' campaign to get their citizen-drafted constitution enacted "could be a rare victory for democracy reform this election cycle—and one that could inspire many elsewhere."
Devastation of Hurricane Matthew Renews Talk of French Reparations to Haiti
As bloggers urge people to "help Haitians, not the disaster capitalists" post-Hurricane Matthew, discussions about the need for France to pay reparations are -- once again -- front and centre.
Trinidad & Tobago Opposition Member Slammed for Using Photos of Minors With Guns to Score Political Points
Were laws broken? Was the whole thing a red herring? Have politics sunk to a new low? After photos of children brandishing guns were shown in parliament, netizens have questions...
A Transgender Woman’s Modest Election Win Is a Huge Victory for Brazil’s Trans Community
"No one cried for us. On the contrary. To many families, as it still is today, it’s a relief when they kill us or when we die."
Only ‘Foreign Agents’ Share Stories About Happy Times in the U.S., Says Russian Court
The American Alumni Club joins a list of 146 organizations that have been designated as "foreign agents" by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The club's crime? Reposts on social media.
Ethiopia's State of Emergency: ‘The Last Sequence of a Brutal Authoritarian Regime'?
"We all know what #StateOfEmergency means,The usual suspects (our friends and activist we know) r in eminent danger now.It is sad."
As Politicians Beat the Drums of War, Ordinary Indians and Pakistanis Call for Peace
"'Patriotism' that propagates HATE is not patriotism. United we RISE. Divided we fall. Politicians polarise to rule not serve society."
New Abortion Ban Proposals in Poland Mean the ‘Black Protest’ Movement Isn't Over Yet
"I am counting on another Black Protest against the barbaric statement of Kaczyński who wants to create a hell. A protest that will defeat him."
Hong Kong Citizens Express Dismay as Macau's Border Control Turns Them Away
Some were former activists, which has led many to question whether the Hong Kong government has a broad black list, which it shares with Macau authorities and Chinese authorities.
Former Guantanamo Prisoner Risks Death From Hunger Strike in Effort to Be Reunited With Family
"They have closed the doors on me and left me without any solution and this is the only path that I've found."
Millions Are Playing Philippine President Duterte’s War on Drugs on Their Mobile Phones
Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s “War on Crime” has invaded the virtual world in a viral action-packed mobile app.
Surrounded by Piles of Trash, These Two Classical Musicians Played Bach in Protest
The concert took place in Tetovo, the largest city in western Macedonia, and one of the most polluted cities in Europe.
Will Pakistan Carry Out a Threat to Expel 2.5 Million Afghan Refugees?
After decades of mixed hospitality, Islamabad says it can no longer host refugees from its war-torn neighbour.
Following a Big Scoop, Prominent Journalist Cyril Almeida Is Barred From Leaving Pakistan
"Am concerned, possibly convinced, more than 24hrs after the travel ban was imposed that govt is planning to take further, uglier actions."
Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India
Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.
The Plight of the Zambian Watchdog: Embattled Opposition News Site Goes Down
The closure and the raid may represent a turning point in a long-standing cat-and-mouse game between the government and the controversial news website.
Google Warns More Than a Dozen Russian Journalists and Activists About ‘Government-Backed Attackers’
More than a dozen Russian journalists and activists received a strange warning from Google earlier today, notifying them that “government-backed attackers” may be “trying to steal” their passwords.
Social Media Keep Up Pressure on Trinidad and Tobago's President
Rhoda Bharath's Facebook Live videos continue to garner an eager audience as the Trinidad and Tobago political commentator takes the country's president to task.