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‘Self governance is self love': Barbados elects first local head of state on journey to becoming a republic

"We have a good relationship with the British monarchy. Long may it continue, as equals. Congratulations to our incoming President Dame Sandra Mason."

How Dave Chappelle's new comedy special went over in the Caribbean

"[Chappelle] built his deconstruction of the importance of comedy to the human condition using the various gender and LGBTQ movements of this century as his prisms."

Decoding the ‘Saakashvili effect’ with two experts in Georgian politics

As Georgia prepares for municipal elections on October 30, and Saakashvili remains on hunger strike, stability seems but an empty dream in a country deeply divided over political and economic...

Taiwan: deepfake pornographic video victims call for new laws against sexual violence in cyberspace

Taiwan's recent arrest of popular YouTuber Xiao Yu for allegedly selling deepfake pornographic videos of public figures has brought to public attention on artificial intelligence (AI) crime

Film festival documents stories of sustainable development in Africa

The festival will facilitate conversation and action among a diverse mix of creatives, innovators, activists and campaigners working on Sustainable Development Goals across Africa. 

On National Heroes Day, Jamaicans at home and abroad pay their respects to ‘son of the soil,’ General Colin Powell

Despite his reputation for decency and integrity, Jamaicans—and the Caribbean in general—had qualms about General Powell’s involvement in the Iraq War.

Malaysian rapper Namewee breaks the hearts of mainland Chinese ‘little pinks’

"Sorry for hurting you. It’s okay to delete Weibo, Oh, I hear a sound, a fragile heart is broken into pieces... It’s Okay I still have IG and FB…"

Chile rejects the migrants it once welcomed

In a study, Chileans considered themselves mostly 'whiter' than other Latin Americans and considered migrants 'dirtier.'

Community care during the pandemic in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines

From community pantries in the Philippines to the White Flag movement in Malaysia, this pandemic has spurred communities to mobilize and provide aid during this public health emergency.

Malaysian students share lessons using digital tools to promote indigenous languages

"Students have the opportunity to explore, reflect and scrutinize the functions and roles of indigenous languages in society and to the indigenous communities."

Tensions are escalating between Azerbaijan and Iran over border issue and Armenia

For weeks, Iran and Azerbaijan have exchanged accusations, and played war games, in what can be best described as chest-thumping.

Is the shutting down of Chinese LinkedIn the end of foreign big tech’s engagement with China?

What are the reasons behind Microsoft's decision to leave China? Product failure? China' newly enacted data security law? or the proposing algorium law?

The death of a reputed gangster exposes fault lines in Jamaican society

"There should be no rejoicing at his death; there are two truths here—that our society failed a young man of great potential AND he caused untold pain and suffering."

Between two borders: you can’t get through

By offering its territory as a transit zone, Belarus created a problem for the EU and a financial opportunity for itself, charging refugees for Belarusian visas.

Deputy from Kazakhstan says ‘Squid Game’ mirrors everyday life in the country

A parliament member in Kazakhstan said that real life in the country is comparable to the extreme poverty and struggle to survive portrayed in Netflix's Squid Game.

Young Azerbaijani activist goes public about grave crime committed against her whose perpetrator remains unpunished

Despite medical records indicating the proof of the crime, the perpetrator remains free, according to the personal account posted by activist Sanay Yaghmur on Facebook.

Indigenous artist depicts the hidden history behind the creation of Bangladesh's Kaptai Lake

Few of the tourists flocking to Bangladesh's Kaptai Lake know the dark history behind the site's creation. With a stunning visual story, artist Tufan Chakma sets out to change that.

Prefecture threatens to sue after being ranked one of the “least attractive” places in Japan

The annual survey asks respondents all over Japan to rank the attractiveness of the nation's 47 prefectures based on 84 different attributes, including natural features, cuisine, and tourist attractions.

No hatred nor pity: Just let me live in my own body

"Those who criticise different bodies have no idea what [trans people] had to go through to have the body that we live in."

Peter Telfer, the Trinidadian percussionist who made African drumming a church staple, goes to his Creator

"I remember the first time I heard ‘O Creator’. It woke me up because [...] it was our rhythm, it was our chant, it resonated with us, a Caribbean people."

A clash of narratives: National identity and violent conflict in Ethiopia

In the last year, long-standing conflicts over the contours of the Ethiopian state resurfaced and exploded into violence, with unreconciled disagreements between the state and regional powers in Oromia and Tirgray revealing competing visions for Ethiopia’s national identity. Explore Global Voices' Civic Media Observatory's analysis of Ethiopia’s media ecosystem during this period.

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