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23 May 2020

‘Born Ya': Speaking with Jamaican fine artist Judy Ann MacMillan about her new autobiography

"Fine art itself is under intense challenge in Jamaica, as it is elsewhere. The tenets [...] are in conflict with social improvement, political messages and democratic ideas."

22 May 2020

Burundi voted — but will the political situation change?

COVID-19

Burundians voted on May 20 for a new president, with official results expected next week. The new president will face pressing questions on international relations, media repression, inclusive economic policies and...

Why Hong Kong isn’t dead yet

The Bridge

"Today Beijing imposed the “national security” law in Hong Kong. It gives them broad powers to go after anyone they don’t like. Anyone who criticizes them. Anyone who disobeys them."

Slovenian protesters channel Katie Melua to explain anti-corruption bicycle movement

"There are 10,000 bicycles in Ljubljana. That's a fact. That's how mad the people are."

From counterterrorism to counter-COVID-19, governments use crises to impose continuous states of emergency in the Middle East

AdvoxCOVID-19

Fighting terrorism used to be the umbrella under which states of emergency were justified in the Middle East. Now, COVID-19 serves as a new justification for sweeping powers. 

‘One Country, Two Systems’ on the line as national security law looms over Hong Kong

"Our way of life may soon be circumscribed but we will find a way to survive and prosper through this."

Support networks essential to safely leave violent partners during Ecuador's lockdown

COVID-19

"It is imperative to break the culture of silence."

Labour, migrant rights under spotlight as Thailand wrestles with COVID-19 impact

COVID-19

Fearing instability, the Thai government is failing to protect the labor rights of both Thai nationals and migrant workers.

21 May 2020

In Tunisia, women stand on the frontlines of targeted hate speech online

Advox

In Tunisia, an uprising toppled leadership and lead to revolution in 2011. Since then, digital space has witnessed heated debates about politics and society — including attacks against women activists and...

Fighting and writing for Moldova's place in the pantheon of world literature

"Foreign publishers doubt the literati of this small and little known place. Can they really write something remarkable? Of course they can!" exclaims Moldovan novelist Iulian Ciocan.

Meet the Uzbek activists using apps to connect gay men to HIV testing and care

Since 2016 Uzbekistan has been praised for its liberal reforms, but the LGBTQ+ community has not gained freedom. Those constraints make rights activists particularly resourceful – on- and offline.

Nepal’s first 360 degree virtual contemporary art exhibition

COVID-19

Artwork by 19 renowned Nepali artists showcased in an online virtual exhibition named ‘Tangential Stress’ by the Museum of Nepali Art (MoNA).

20 May 2020

Following COVID-19 closure, Ghibli Museum posts mini-tours online

One of Japan's most beloved tourist attractions is offering short virtual tours on YouTube.

Breaking the cycle of domestic violence made more difficult during Ecuador's quarantine

COVID-19

"I’ve tried to leave my partner a few times, but he became the centre of my universe. That’s why, despite everything, I stay with him".

Addressing ‘gaps in history’ through bush tea: A conversation with Barbadian visual artist Annalee Davis

"Returning to the land today can feed us, contributing to food sovereignty and the wellness sector by expanding our knowledge and use of wild botanicals and their healing properties..."

COVID-19-themed Global Voices story stars in Czech translation competition

GV Community BlogCOVID-19

Moderator Jan Faber spoke with GV about record-breaking participation in this year's edition, the future of translation and common errors that foreigners make when writing in Czech.

Stranded Nepali migrant workers protest to return home, Nepali government drags its feet

COVID-19

Nepal's government tries to stall repatriating migrant workers stranded abroad.

19 May 2020

In Algeria, online repression targets Amazigh protesters active in Hirak movement

Advox

In Algeria, the Amazigh people are often associated with France, Algeria's former colonial power. Racial slurs online accuse this group of being separatists who threaten "national unity."

Women in Nigeria face a caustic landmine of political advocacy online

Advox

“I’ve grown a really thick skin,” said Fakhriyyah Hashim, co-founder of the #ArewaMeToo movement in northern Nigeria. 

18 May 2020

The healing effects of bush tea: A conversation with Barbadian visual artist Annalee Davis

"I have been concerned with how shared historical suffering reveals itself communally and how individuals and nations manage trauma and the desire for self-fulfilment in small places like Barbados..."

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