Stories about Politics from July, 2017
China's Xinjiang Residents Are Being Forced to Install Surveillance Apps on Mobile Phones
Local netizens reported that police officers at check points are randomly searching residents' devices to see if they have installed the surveillance app.
Poles Rally to Defend the Independent Judiciary From Ruling Party's Reforms
"Warsaw rally for #democracy and #ruleoflaw in #Poland continues... Candles symbolise hope for freedom and a better future."
Lost in Translation in Central Asia: Keep it in the Family
'Tuuganchylyk' has already jettisoned two Kyrgyz leaders and their kin into lives of exile. The Trumps clearly weren't paying attention.
One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline
"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."
The Venezuelan People's Vote of Rebellion
"Wherever we may be, Venezuelans just want to vote. Even when we have to organize the elections ourselves. To vote and vote, even if the government denies us the right."
Censorship After Death: Chinese Netizens Quietly Mourn Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo
"After [Liu Xiaobo's] death, any mention of his name in English and Chinese is enough to get messages blocked."
Understanding Puerto Rico's Struggles With Washington Through Satire
Juice Media's 'Honest Government Adverts' pose a simple question: Are you ready for this much honesty?
Pop Band's Music Video Parodies Junta Rule in Thailand
The video, which is still available on YouTube, immediately went viral.
Inspired by Ukraine, Venezuelan Protesters Create Shields With Their Own Symbols
The resistance in Venezuela creates shields with images that do much more than protect from tear gas bombs and National Guard attacks.
Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for ‘Inciting’ Song Lyrics
In the face of government repression, Afan Oromo musicians have risen as a visible -- and audible -- source of inspiration for the opposition movement.
After Media Revelations, Jamaicans Ask Why Their Finance Minister Cannot Manage His Phone Bill
"@AudleyShaw not a good recommendation for your Ministerial position if you cannot manage the economics of a phone."
Papua New Guinea Court Issues Gag Order Against Blogger Critical of Electoral Commissioner
"Dear all, Since I have been restrained by the courts I will be tweeting this image daily until such time I am allowed to tweet freely."
Myanmar’s Challenging Media Landscape, in Cartoons
Cartoons published by The Irrawaddy over the course of four years— from 2014 to 2017—reflecting the media milestones and hardships experienced in Myanmar.
Saying Goodbye to Anton Nossik, Godfather of the Russian Internet
RuNet pioneer Anton Nossik died in his sleep on June 9 at the age of 51.
Detained Venezuela Opposition Leader Transferred to House Arrest, but Hundreds of Political Prisoners Remain in Jail
Opposition leader Leopoldo López was sent home to finish his 14-year sentence under house arrest, but what will happen to the hundreds of political prisoners still behind bars?
Nine Responses From the International Community to China’s Treatment of Nobel-Winning Dissident Liu Xiaobo
"They must be able to meet and receive visits from whomever they desire, and be able to freely communicate with the outside world."
The More India's Ruling Party Pushes the Hindi Language, the More Indians Oppose It
"We are not saying no to Hindi...[the] question should be why 'only' Hindi."
Teodorín N. O. Mangue, Son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, Faces Justice in Paris
The defendant did not deign to travel to Paris and was represented by three lawyers there. Their strategy consisted in arguing that he benefits from diplomatic immunity.
Turkish Opposition Looks to Build Momentum as Their Justice March Reaches Istanbul
“We need to achieve what we couldn't do following Gezi and 16 April. We need to show the decisiveness that would bring the energy of the social opposition to politics.”
A Pop Star Who Sings About Social Justice Is Uganda’s Newest Legislator
Bobi Wine used to sing about policy issues. Now he has a chance to shape policy in parliament.
Philippine Senator Moves to Criminalize ‘Fake News’ — Could This Lead to Censorship?
"How does one distinguish between a false report based on an honest mistake and one maliciously spread through print, broadcasting and online?"