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· June, 2017

Stories about Politics from June, 2017

21 June 2017

More Than a Year Later, Landslide Victims Scrape By in a Resettlement City in Myanmar

"A year after the resettlement, residents only just received power and still do not have running water. They are left to rely on collecting rainwater and deliveries from aid groups."

With Public Finances Under Strain, Mozambique’s Government Approves Purchase of Luxury Cars for Deputies

"We should not make the Assembly of the Republic a big jackpot, where the popular vote is seen as a lottery house."

‘Minor Storm’ Causes ‘Major Losses’ in Parts of Trinidad & Tobago

Tropical Storm Bret was milder than it could have been, but some areas of Trinidad and Tobago still suffered damage.

20 June 2017

Offshore Asylum Seeker Detainees Win Historic Compensation in Australia

"The majority of the refugees have been seriously damaged physically and mentally and this money is not even enough to cover the medical expenses..."

19 June 2017

‘Who Has the Most Selfies?’ Council of Bloggers Meets for First Time in Russian Parliament

RuNet Echo

"I have more than ten thousand [selfies]," firebrand politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky joked. "Who has more than me? No one!"

With Economy Unravelling, What Awaits the Turkmen Regime?

"This is the end for Turkmenistan. The crisis has reached the country. Now we’ll see the appearance of the Central Asian Venezuela."

Thailand’s Junta Leader Wants Citizens to Answer Four Leading Questions About Elections

"If in the future, Thailand experiences another coup d’etat, will it be charged as a crime against the state?" wrote an activist in response.

What Next for US-Australian Relations After Malcolm Turnbull Mocks ‘The Donald'?

Audio of Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull mimicking US President Donald Trump in a stand-up at Canberra's midwinter ball has been leaked by political journalist Laurie Oakes.

17 June 2017

Protests Break Out Across Idlib Against Syria's Al Qaeda Branch

"The Syrian revolution ongoing to topple every tyrant"

Japan's Controversial Anticonspiracy Bill Becomes Law

"It's possible that the law, which is intended to deal with organized crime groups, will expand to affect ordinary citizens."

A Cuban Writes to Donald Trump

The Bridge

"What kind of global power believes that allowing its people to travel to an island with 11 million inhabitants and a president named Castro could enrich only that government?"

16 June 2017

Ditching the Egyptian Islands: Between Cash, Legitimacy, and Public Outrage

Going against popular opinion, Sisi is transferring the ownership of two Egyptian Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, and Egyptians are fighting back.

15 June 2017

Singapore Ad Watchdog Advises LGBT Event to Remove ‘Supporting Freedom to Love’ Tagline

"We cannot see how a tagline calling for inclusion and love can be seen as undermining the concept of family or disrespecting the individual," wrote the Pink Dot organizers.

14 June 2017

Photos and Videos Show Massive Destruction of Marawi Battle Zone in the Philippines

"I weep for all the civilians who were mercilessly killed, I weep for the lost homes of my people," wrote the mayor of Marawi City.

After Campaigning on Internet Freedom, Iranian President's ICT Minister Boasts of Internet Censorship

Advox

ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi announced that Rouhani had effectively improved methods to control the Internet space as well as shut down a number of platforms.

More Twists and Turns in Trinidad & Tobago's Chief Justice Fiasco

"Marcia say her workload and short notice is why she couldnt remember her full caseload, oui. #MarciaCovfefe"

13 June 2017

Mirror Websites Are Helping Turkish Users Reconnect to Wikipedia

Advox

While the platform remains blocked, multiple "mirror" websites -- sites designed to reproduce the content of Wikipedia, which is constantly being updated -- have sprung up.

How a Case of Vigilante Tattoo Punishment Showcases Skepticism of Human Rights in Brazil

Two men tattooed "thief" and "scum" on a teen's forehead, thinking he had stolen a bicycle. The teen later told police he hadn't, but social media took the vigilantes' side.

12 June 2017

Why an Ethiopian-Born British Citizen Ran in the UK's General Election

"Proud of Yemi Hailemariam, the wife of #AndyTsege who made it all the way to #Maidenhead to meet @theresa_may & demand for @FreeAndargachew."

Child Marriage Is No More in Trinidad & Tobago

"It was overlong and full of pointless double talk but you know what [...] child marriage is now illegal in Trinidad and Tobago."