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· May, 2018

Stories about Politics from May, 2018

15 May 2018

A Beijing-Vatican deal could bolster China's persecution of religion, warns Hong Kong cardinal

"Any agreement on the side of the Vatican may be seen as collaboration with the government to persecute our own people; that’s terrible," says Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Will Dominica's new environment minister address post-Hurricane Maria challenges?

"At present, too many people on the island lack information about what they can expect from the recovery programme and [...] begin to make a difference in their lives."

Georgia's protests pit nightlife against nationalists

"We were on the cusp of civil confrontation!"

14 May 2018

Indonesia on maximum security alert following a string of explosions in East Java

"We came into the world like brother and sister, and now let's go hand in hand, not one before another."

Serbia remains silent on cultural heritage devastation by its populist regimes

Serbian art historian Živko Brković has been targeted by threats and suffered burglaries after he demanded accountability from the current Serbian regime in regards to mishandling state-owned artworks.

Over 100,000 Melburnians march to #ChangetheRules for job security and better wages

"I've been to rallies that felt like a funeral march. But this was powerful. Every one of the 120,000 ppl on Melbourne's streets today is fired up... to #ChangeTheRules!"

Riddled with violations, Lebanon's first election in nine years yields underwhelming results for independents

Thousands of election violations recorded and a Ministry late at publishing the results. These were the first Lebanese elections in nine years.

12 May 2018

A new era for Malaysia after voters end six-decade reign of ruling party

"Barisan Nasional is no longer our ruler. A few hours from now, the sun will begin to rise over the horizon. How poignant.. we'll see a new Malaysia greeting us."

11 May 2018

Burundi's contentious constitutional referendum reflects deeper political problems

Whether a sign of independence or authoritarianism, Burundi's constitutional referendum appears to have further cemented divisions.

10 May 2018

Social media platforms are ablaze as Turks say “enough” to President Erdogan

In Turkish, "tamam" means "that's enough". And that is exactly what Turks are saying to the president.

Montenegrins protest the latest armed attack on journalist, demand end to impunity

Advox

After an attack in which journalist Olivera Lakić was shot in the leg, several hundred Montenegrins protested in Podgorica, demanding end to impunity and life without fear.

9 May 2018

Cambodia's last independent news site sold to PR firm that worked for the ruling party

Advox

"Our editor-in-chief was fired because he stood up for independent journalism and refused to take down an article shedding light on our new publisher."

Hijabs and mini-skirts: What not to wear in Tajikistan

Tajikistan issued a pictorial guide showing the "recommended" dress for women, and promised to do the same for men as well.

An uneven playing field for female candidates in Sri Lanka

"They expect more women to come into politics, but when there's no support for us or action taken against harassers, we are left wondering if we are wasting our time."

7 May 2018

‘You and this loss will never be forgotten': The deadly realities of media work in Afghanistan

Advox

"What a painful day. What a hard job. What a dark time in Kabul. TariqMajidi is covering the funeral of his colleague."

6 May 2018

Homeless, jobless, and penniless, residents resist closure of the Philippines’ Boracay island

"As an advocate for the environment I want it rehabilitated too, but I bleed more for the people who are affected by the closure."

1 May 2018

The woes of Britain's ‘Windrush generation’ are deeply felt in the Caribbean

"The British bring us to the Caribbean to do unpaid labour. Take us to fight in WW2. Take us to England to rebuild it. Then they have us deported."

In Spain, the “la manada” sexual assault case verdict triggers mass protests

"A group of five men cornered and raped a woman, and then filmed and shared it. However, the courts decided that it was not a rape."

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