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Coronavirus briefs: Pandemic culture and politics

By Mark A. Bonta / April 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Coronavirus briefs: Pandemic culture and politics

Public responses to the COVID-19 pandemic vary widely from place to place, influenced not just by geography and nationality, but also by deeply partisan politics. Vive la différence The ways that different nations are dealing with the pandemic are culturally specific. What qualifies as “indispensable for the continuity of the life of the nation” in […]

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Deceptive ads? No disclosure? All’s fair for pro-oil election ads in Canada

By Mark A. Bonta / October 21, 2019 / Comments Off on Deceptive ads? No disclosure? All’s fair for pro-oil election ads in Canada

Environmental regulations, oil pipelines and carbon taxes are all on the line in Canada’s 2019 election, and the oil industry is pulling out all the stops to drill its message into Canadian politics. Yet millions of dollars in pro-oil ads appear to be skirting campaign-disclosure laws and taking advantage of weak advertising regulations. Corporate interests […]

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Anxiety runs high as The Gambia confronts dictator’s crimes

By Heather Bourbeau / November 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Anxiety runs high as The Gambia confronts dictator’s crimes

The Gambia’s new Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission will examine human-rights violations under former President Yahya Jammeh, who left office last year after being voted out. Under Jammeh, who ruled in a dictatorship for 22 years, torture and executions were common, as were disappearances and sexual violence. Victims, witnesses and perpetrators will start testifying before […]

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Facebook posts lead to jail for Uganda activist

By Heather Bourbeau / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on Facebook posts lead to jail for Uganda activist

Ugandan political activist, academic and feminist Dr. Stella Nyanzi was arrested last week because of her Facebook posts from two dates in September, which police claimed were “offensive.” Dr. Nyanzi has a large social media following, and is known for her blunt and personal posts targeting President Yoweri Museveni. In March last year, she was suspended indefinitely by the […]

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Jail time for Rwanda president’s critics

By Heather Bourbeau / October 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Jail time for Rwanda president’s critics

A Rwandan high court ordered the release on bail of a vocal opponent of Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Diane Rwigara and her mother had been detained since August 2017 when she campaigned against Kagame for president. She was disqualified from the contest and arrested and charged with forgery, evading taxes and inciting insurrection. Her mother […]

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Another critic of Eritrea’s president jailed

By Heather Bourbeau / October 4, 2018 / Comments Off on Another critic of Eritrea’s president jailed

The Eritrean government continues to imprison its critics, most recently former Finance Minister Berhane Abrehe, who has been jailed since September after releasing a book and video calling for President Isaias Afwerki to step down. In both the book and video, Berhane said that Eritrea’s “struggle for independence was never to install dictatorship. We need […]

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