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Dissenting artist Ai Weiwei on Hong Kong: art would not be art if it cannot be done in the face of tyranny

'Art would not be art if it cannot be done in the face of tyranny… the artworks which fight for freedom are precious efforts of the human spirit.'

India’s Gasoline Dilemma: Double Burden of Rising Prices and Soaring Demand

As petrol and diesel prices skyrocket, so does demand, almost certainly leading to inflation, and thus adding a greater financial burden to people already hit by unemployment and the pandemic.

COVID-19 pushes Armenian families into poverty

Before Covid-19 struck Armenia, Avetisyan says a steady stream of construction and day labor work kept his family fed and housed. 

Global warming: Sea snot appears on Aegean Sea beaches in Chalkidiki, Greece

In June, a marine heat wave increased the average daily temperature of the Aegean Sea to 28 degrees Celsius, which is whole 4 degrees higher than previous years.

A sweeping spate of murders rivals COVID-19's ‘third wave’ in Jamaica

A sudden surge in murders—24 in one week, and 18 over a 48-hour period—has Jamaicans feeling that crime has surpassed COVID-19 as the country's top problem.

Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy union coalition to disband, cites threats to safety

Pro-Beijing media outlets labelled the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions as a foreign agent, a potential offence under the National Security Law.

Former Surinamese president Dési Bouterse convicted of murder for the second time—but will he go to prison?

If Bouterse is not imprisoned after this second conviction, it will not sit well with many Surinamese who view him first and foremost as a murderer.

What's threatening Tobago's mangroves?

Large deposits of sargassum have been piling up within confined spaces, rotting, emitting noxious gasses, and destabilising the ecosystem.

Saudi's first batch of women military graduates encourages more debate on gender roles

Reactions on social media varied between those welcoming the decision, others who praised Saudi rulers for enabling it, and those who consider women unfit for combat or cited religious bans

From vaxxing to doxxing: The social media power of Nicki Minaj

After reporter Sharlene Rampersad pressed Minaj's relatives for an interview by implying their privacy would be more quickly respected by her local news outlet than by CNN, Minaj doxxed her.

Singapore’s The Online Citizen news website stops operating after government suspends its license

"The licensing regime is simply meant to strike fear in the minds of the would-be donors and subscribers to prevent them from supporting independent journalism in Singapore."

Athletes’ mental health is neglected in post-Olympic phase, new study finds

With the Olympic Games and the Paralympics both over, there have been concerns about what the fame and spotlight does to athletes post-Games.

China as a cultural threat in Ethiopia: From food to cultural appropriaton

Public interest in Chinese exotic eating habits and in potential appropriation of Ethiopian traditional culture speaks of the larger rifts in Sino-Ethiopian encounters

Forgotten history: American aeronaut Jeanette Van Tassel lies buried in Dhaka Christian Cemetery

A daredevil aeronaut from the US took part in the first manned balloon flight in present-day Bangladesh in 1892, which ended in a tragedy.

Ahead of September elections, Russia tightens grip on remaining online freedoms

Ahead of Russia's parliamentary elections on September 17-19, the state's crackdown on opposition groups, circumvention tools and internet infrastructure has escalated to a fever pitch.

What did Japanese people really think about the Olympics?

To gauge public sentiment following the end of the Olympics, Global Voices used the Twitter API to track the online conversation.

Asking for a cousin's friend: The viral load of Nicki Minaj's vaccine misinformation tweet

The controversial tweet followed others that dealt with COVID-19 vaccination, including Minaj's announcement she would forego the Met Gala because attendance was vaccine contingent and she hadn't done “enough research.”

Jamaican activist filmmaker takes on extractive industries in the Caribbean

"In 2020, there was a very popular narrative that the COVID-19 pandemic was saving Planet Earth [...] I created GEFF 2021 to counter this narrative, because it is simply untrue."

Investigative journalism group OCCRP says it will no longer work in Russia

Drew Sullivan, OCCRP's co-founder and editor-in-chief, said their work in Russia at the moment would do local reporters "more harm than good."

Chinese higher education programs attract increasing numbers of students from Kazakhstan

Education abroad and study exchanges have become instruments for the Chinese government to attract foreign students, especially from Kazakhstan. Does studying in China trigger support among Kazakhstani students?

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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