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Stories about Governance

26 May 2015

Bangladesh Wants ‘Third Gender’ Hijras to Serve as Traffic Police

Hijras often face widespread discrimination and are shut out of employment opportunities. Bangladesh wants to recruit them as traffic police to help change that.

25 May 2015

Region-wide Presidential Term Limits for West Africa? Not So Fast.

West African leaders have dropped the idea of instituting a two-presidential-term limit across the region, thanks to the opposition of Gambia and Togo, the only member states without term limits.

20 May 2015

Why Is Pakistan's Balochistan Shut Out of Its Own Natural Gas Reserves?

"Domestically, we have a dire need for Sui gas supply. In its absence, we have to resort to burning wood for household fuel needs."

19 May 2015

Thailand’s Section 44 Could Be Worse Than Martial Law

Thailand is no longer under martial law, but a new security law gave the army broad and 'unlimited' powers in the civilian government.

Despite Protests, Malaysia Still Plans to Build a Mega Dam That Could Displace 20,000 Indigenous People

"It is built for the benefit of others rather than those who live in Baram and for the long term good of the Baram."

The Media Is the Message: E-Diplomacy in Egypt

Global Voices Advocacy

Egyptian authorities today must figure out how to communicate effectively in the wake of four years of constant regime change.

18 May 2015

‘Lipstick Protester’ Jasmina Golubovska: Macedonians Want to ‘Start from Scratch’

A Reuters photo turned Golubovska's lipstick into a symbol of the mass protests in Macedonia. But there is nothing cosmetic about citizens' demand for change.

HIV/AIDS Corruption Is a Business for Central Asian Bureaucrats

"The whole system is corrupt, starting with the government. The fish rots from the head."

15 May 2015

Under a Shaky Ceasefire, Yemenis Struggle to Stay Connected to the World

Global Voices Advocacy

Frequent electricity cuts, bombings and a dire humanitarian situation could exacerbate and completely isolate Yemen should internet and telecommunications services be cut.

12 May 2015

Ananta Bijoy Das Becomes Third Free-Thinking Blogger Killed This Year in Bangladesh

Global Voices Advocacy

Das promoted critical thinking about religion, which sparked the ire of Islamic hardliners in Bangladesh. He was hacked to death by a group of masked people with machetes.

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