Political Unrest
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Mock inauguration leads to crackdown in Kenya

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/31/18, 10:31 am

The Kenyan government on Wednesday cracked down on opposition officials after opposition leader Raila Odinga staged a mock presidential inauguration. Tens of thousands of his supporters gathered in a Nairobi park Tuesday to witness Odinga’s “swearing-in” as “the people’s president.” Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta officially began his second term in November, but opponents have rejected his presidency on grounds of election abuses. The Kenyan government cut live transmission of the ceremony by the country’s top three television stations and threatened to revoke their licenses.

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Russia cracks down on anti-Putin protests

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/29/18, 11:54 am

Russian officials on Sunday released opposition leader Alexei Navalny hours after police arrested him, as thousands of demonstrators marched in cities across the country to protest the presidential election scheduled for March. Navalny had called for the protests and encouraged people to boycott the polls. Riot police wrestled him to the ground and pulled him into a police van shortly after he arrived at a protest in Moscow. “This means nothing,” Navalny tweeted from the van.

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Thinking for themselves

China | Surveys and interviews suggest young Chinese are less nationalistic than their parents
by June Cheng
Posted 1/25/18, 05:38 pm

When Jiang Zhongming, 30, studied abroad in New Mexico several years ago, he admired the patriotism the U.S. national anthem evoked in Americans. Personally, Jiang didn’t feel that same kind of patriotism for his home country of China.

While he knows a small number of very nationalistic Chinese citizens, he’s found that in general his peers are apathetic about the Chinese government as they focus on their own lives, jobs, and families. His experience contradicts a common narrative in Western media that portrays Chinese youth as more nationalistic than their parents.

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