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15 December 2015

Stories from 15 December 2015

Is the World Forum for Democracy a Space of Genuine Dialogue?

The Bridge

At this year's World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, tolerance for debate and differences of opinion left something to be desired.

Kyrgyzstan’s Madding Online Crowd Targets Dolphinarium

“Dolphins love doing these tricks. If you see how they jump when they are in the sea, they’re just doing the same thing here.”

China's 2nd World Internet Conference Will Focus on ‘Rule of Law’, But Not Free Expression

Advox

"These conferences have had no credibility ever since the first one, whose real aim was to ensure that Internet companies wanting to operate in China fall into line."

Treatment of ‘Butch’ Woman at Trinidad Nightclub Feeds Discussion on Gender Identity

With gender suddenly in the mix, an otherwise familiar story of intolerance has become unexpectedly new ground for Trinbagonian netizens.

South Indian Singer Prosecuted for Song Critical of State Government

“A law that is repeatedly used to arrest singers, cartoonists and writers has no place in a democracy – and should be repealed.”

A Crash Course in Trinidad and Tobago's 2015 General Elections

From red herrings to hashtags, Trinidad and Tobago's 2015 general elections may have been many things, but boring wasn't one of them.