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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.

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."

Thousands rally in Tbilisi demanding freedom for imprisoned former president

Thousands of people gathered in Tbilisi on October 14, in support of former president Mikheil Saakashvili, who is on his 14th day of a hunger strike in prison.

In Belarus, subscribing to Telegram channels branded as ‘extremist’ may now get users in trouble

While it's not clear whether the Belarusian police will actually be able to dispense prison terms, "nobody can be sure" they won't be criminally charged for subscribing to Telegram channels.

Chinese movie ‘The Battle of Lake Changjin’ turns the painful history of the Korean War into a glorious victory

The official message of the film is that China gained a decisive victory in the battle of Chosin Reservoir and young people should learn from the fearless, "hot-blooded" soldiers.

Fake vaccine passport scandal revealed in Armenia

Authorities estimate that over 700 people bought the fake vaccine certificates from healthcare workers in Gyumri — Armenia’s second-largest city.

Turkey and Armenia ready to ‘normalize relations’ after nearly 30 years

Almost three decades later, Turkey is now considering reopening its border with Armenia. The border has been closed since 1993.

COVID-19, vaccination and the progress of the global healthcare system

“ … obesity might soon be recognised as a vitally strategic global element in explaining varying COVID-19 levels between rich and poor.”

Could Miami show Trinidad and Tobago how to safely pull off Carnival in a pandemic?

"There were free testing stations, temperature checks. They followed strict protocols [...] My friends who participated are all fully vaccinated. Hoping that it wasn’t a super spreader."

Global Voices seeks researchers to participate in our Civic Media Observatory projects

Researchers on the Civic Media Observatory analyze media items, narrative frames, themes, media sources, and creators, building an impressive constellation of information for public and partner consumption

Combatting stereotypes: The need to recognize male victims of wartime sexual violence in Bosnia

According to testimony, the systematic scope and nature of conflict-related sexual violence against men demonstrate that it was an instrument of ethnic cleansing through the destruction of families and communities.

Prince Charles calls on Australia's Prime Minister to attend Glasgow global climate change conference

After jibes from Britain, reports indicate that Prime Minister Morrison will likely attend COP26. However, government sources have apparently denied that the prince’s remarks may have influenced him.

Three graphics that explain Portuguese colonialism

From the occupation of territories to the colonial war, passing through the abolition of slavery, we dismantled some myths of Portuguese colonialism.

China's reputation challenged by perceptions of low-quality projects and products in Ethiopia

In contrast to the official praise, the Ethiopian public is often critical about the quality of these projects, as well as Chinese products sold in Ethiopia.

How Namadingo is uniting generations of Malawian musicians through Reggae duet mashups

The duets have also introduced younger fans to an older generation of musicians, including Giddes Chalamanda, the oldest living legend in Malawian music today.

Dark tales from Uruguay: How mothers and grandmothers search for victims of the Cold War

The women who fought for the truth about their children who disappeared during the military dictatorship are “role models of courage,” according to author Tessa Bridal.

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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