· July, 2013

Stories about Politics from July, 2013

How Vietnam Controls the Press

  21 July 2013

Asia Sentinel publishes an article written by Pham Doan Trang about the situation of journalists in Vietnam: The press card system is a sophisticated method of controlling reporters. No card, no access. Without a press card, reporters can't hope to meet high-ranking officials, visit contacts at public offices or cover...

Egyptian Protesters United in Anti-US Chants

On Twitter, Egyptian Hani Shukrallah observes: Interesting, the one common chant in Tahrir & #MB's Rabaa is anti-US – a triumph of American policy! — Hani Shukrallah (@HaniShukrallah) July 19, 2013 Tahrir Square, in downtown Cairo, is the epi-centre of the Egyptian revolution. On June 30, Egyptians gathered there again...

Privileges Granted to Ex-Presidents in Madagascar

  19 July 2013

Reporter Rianasoa posts the image of a document that stipulates what ex presidents will be entitled to in Madagascar. These privileges include but (not are not limited to) the services of five household helpers and two drivers, and a stipend of 6,000,000 Ariary (about $2700 USD/month): Loi N°2013-001 relative aux privilèges...

Sixty Killed During Fighting in Nzérékoré, Guinea

  19 July 2013

Guinee News reports the latest death toll – 60 – from the killings in Nzérékoré, Guinea [fr] : Les cinquante deux corps qui étaient non identifiables ont été enterrés dans une fosse commune hier. Les autres corps reconnaissables ont été remis à leurs familles. 52 non-identified bodies were buried in a mass...

China: Crackdown on Citizen Movement Activists

  19 July 2013

Chinese Human Rights Defenders has an update on the arrest of citizens and activists in China. The latest detainee is prominent activist Xu Zhiyong, who is considered a moderate reformer. 25 individuals have been confirmed criminally detained since February for publicly appealing for an end to official corruption and for...