Stories about Politics from December, 2016
This week, we take you to Paraguay, Iran, Qatar and the Caribbean.
The revelations, compiled by investigative journalism network KRIK, are generating lively debate online and within traditional media.
In the era of fake news and 'information warfare', the story of Kloop.kg is one that both inspires and reassures.
An Iranian-American architect has created a brand inspired by cities to create “an awareness of place and leveraging fashion as a messaging tool to create social impact.”
"The xenophobia has terrible consequences, doesn't it? Therefore, please stop spreading it!"
Look to civil society's innovations in 1990s Peru, and activists around the world today could learn some vital lessons in resisting autocracy.
Flyers naming civil society members (so-called “traitors”) were distributed in the mailboxes and under windshield wipers throughout the capital, Skopje. Others were targeted on social media.
A Russian opposition politician fires a rare volley of dissent regarding his country's involvement in the war in Syria.
"The law's most serious shortcoming is in its giving too much power for authorities to make their own judgement whether certain actions may be deemed in violation of the law."
"I go to cinema to relax and amuse myself, not to show my patriotism to my fellow countrymen. People who question my patriotism can come to my house."
"The system of patriarchy continues to socialize men into a false belief that they have the right to control women. Consequently, gender-based violence [...] seems almost ‘normal.'"
The proposed course was designed to replace the existing religion curriculum entirely, leaving parents without control over their children’s religious education.
Palestinian revolutionary Budour Hassan remembers the Syrian Revolutionary Youth who chanted for bread, freedom and social justice.
Nepal's constitution has failed to bring equality to the country's women, but human rights advocates haven't given up.
Even though police used teargas to disperse participants at the #TakeBackKenya walk in Nairobi, Kenyans are determined to speak out against corruption and bad governance.
Activists reported that Facebook, YouTube, and other social media websites were inaccessible in Kazakhstan on Friday, the 25th anniversary of the country's independence from the Soviet Union.
"Mentioning 'Tanzania' and 'democracy' in the same sentence amounts to subjecting the term 'democracy' to ridicule."
"Iran’s civil society and student movements remain a ray of hope, and indeed pride, for a nation that continues to struggle for change."
For bloggers in the Caribbean, “2016” has nearly become an obscenity. Adjectives now used to describe this "annus horribilis" include "sucky", "terrible" and "the worst".