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Stories about Politics

4 September 2015

Censored Memes, Search Terms and Images from China’s WWII Parade

Whilst the visible comments about the massive military parade on Weibo were overwhelmingly positive, posts which were removed and collected at FreeWeibo.com showed users making fun of the occasion.

Alan Kurdi's Death Forces Canada to Confront Its Commitment to Helping Syrian Refugees

"As a grandfather, it's unbearable to see the image of that little body on a beach. Canada must act. Let’s not wait any longer."

You’re in the Army Now: How Drafted Ukrainian Journalists Cover the War in Their Online Diaries

RuNet Echo

Ukrainian journalists drafted for military service in eastern Ukraine have turned their social media accounts into personal military diaries, documenting their training, their combat, and their daily life.

3 September 2015

Guatemalan President Resigns After Arrest Warrant Issued

Otto Pérez Molina is Guatemala's president no longer. After months of marching to demand justice and accountability, Guatemalans received the news of the resignation of the now former leader

Postcard from San Salvador: The Subtle Tyranny of Gangs

"It is estimated that there are around 500,000-to-600,000 Salvadorans involved, in one way or another, with the maras (gangs)—about 10 percent of the population."

Zambia's First Lady Faces Accusations of Being a Political ‘Santa Claus’

Opposition leader Edith Nawakwi alleged that Esther Lungu was using the donations and tours in rural Zambia to campaign for her husband ahead of the 2016 presidential and general elections.

2 September 2015

Will a Visit From Taiwan's Former Vice President Lend Weight to China's Revisionist WWII History?

Lien Chan will attend a military parade in China commemorating victory over the Japanese, even though the mainland is downplaying his own party's central role in World War II.

Are Term Limits and Mandatory Political Changeover Really in the Interest of African Nations?

The Bridge

In countries with few leading figures capable of securing the role of head of state, constitutionally mandated political changeover can be a real constraint on the political process.

1 September 2015

Ecuadorian Journalist Fired Over His Outspoken Tweets

Global Voices Advocacy

The newspaper officially says his dismissal was the result of his ignoring “cordial requests” made several months earlier to “comply with the best practices in social networks guidelines.”

Donald Trump's Spat with News Anchor Jorge Ramos Highlights His Xenophobic Message

"It's a grave error not to take Trump seriously. His ideas are very dangerous. Many millions of Americans think the way he does, and this is what is very dangerous".

Bahrain's Bombings: Unsolved Puzzles That End in Death Sentences

Scores of Bahrainis are arrested after every bombing attack targeting its security apparatus. Yet, in the age of social media, footage of the attacks is almost never shared.

On the Ground in Russia's Only Free Election This September

RuNet Echo

Olga Borisova, a volunteer for the democratic opposition in Russia's only open regional contest this fall, talks about working in Russian elections today.

Police Violently Remove Activists Occupying Lebanon's Ministry of Environment

Lebanese activists and members of the You Stink movement have announced an open occupation of the Ministry of Environment until their demands are met including the resignation of the minister

Meet the ‘Loa’ Podcast Network: What Vietnam's Mainstream Media Has Been Missing

"Loa seeks to explore the ideas and stories that shape Vietnam today. We amplify the voices you often don't hear and broadcast the perspectives you haven’t heard."

31 August 2015

Chairman Mao Wasn't at WWII's Cairo Conference. So Why Is He on the Movie Poster?

Some believe President Xi Jinping is using 'The Cairo Declaration' film and a September 3 military parade to rewrite the Chinese Communist Party's involvement in fending off the Japanese.

Malaysia’s 34-Hour Bersih Rally Against Government Corruption Gathers 100,000 People

"To many, Bersih 4 is something that gave them the courage to dream. To know that a fair and just Malaysia can truly exist."

30 August 2015

Why Indigenous Communities in Mexico Need Community Self-Defence

"Today, the community suffers not only at the hands of criminal groups but also at those of the Federal Police and the Army of Mexico."

Tanzania General Elections 2015: A Defeat for Africa's Longest Ruling Party?

"Moved by fear of losing, the ruling party is now resorting to undemocratic methods to maintain its grip on power."

29 August 2015

You Stink Movement Gives Lebanese Government 72 Hours to Meet Protesters’ Demands

Lebanese protesters today gave the government a 72 hour ultimatum to meet their demands or face further protests on Tuesday.

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