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Turkey finally ratifies the Paris Climate Agreement

All eyes are on the upcoming council meeting in January 2022, where the government will announce the new action plan to combat the climate crisis.

Hong Kong to ban films and punish unauthorized screenings on grounds of ‘national security’

An inspector authorized by the censorship agency may also enter and search premises without a warrant when they are trying to halt an unauthorized film screening or publication.

Billboard satire blasts Australian government's tepid climate change stance for Glasgow COP26

"They are laughing at us in Times Square, as they should be: our response to climate change is the biggest joke on earth."

Controversial Jamaican pastor dies in car crash on the way to being charged for ‘cult’ deaths

Following the bizarre deaths of two congregants and a car crash that claimed the life of the sect's leader, Jamaicans are incredulous over how such "churches" are allowed to operate.

“Hong Kong, add oil” is censored as Pro-Beijingers associate the expression with sedition

"This paranoia says nothing but weakness. Changing shirts and covering up tattoos are easy things to do. Changing hears and minds? Forget about it."

The Uyghur issue, China’s greatest fear, is looming in Afghanistan

As the Taliban and China seem to strengthen their ties, the tragedy of the Uyghurs imprisoned in China's so-called re-education camps could prove to be a diplomatic stumbling block.

In Georgia, there is still hope for rainbow colors

Global Voices spoke with Giorgi Tabagari, 35, founder of Tbilisi Pride on Georgia's recent anti-LGBTQ+ developments and the plight of the country's queer community.

Paulina Chiziane, Mozambican writer, wins the Camões Award of 2021

Paulina Chiziane, 66, was born in Manjacaze, Mozambique and studied Linguistics in Maputo. In 33 years, this is the third time that the prize has been awarded to a Mozambican...

Pandora Papers revelations across Lusophone countries

Numerous politicians were implicated in Angola, Mozambique, and Portugal. Before that, their names had never been attached to offshore scandals.

NGO says Egypt's North Sinai residents were badly abused by both military and militants

Abuses by the army documented by the Sinai Foundation for Human Rights against civilians included random shootings, airstrikes targeting civilian buildings, eviction of people, arbitrary arrests, and extrajudicial killings.

Cats, crows and planet Earth: drawings by Belarusian political prisoners

Drawings sent to friends and family by Belarusian political prisoners, detained in a crackdown after the 2020 elections, provide an insight into their lives.

A McDonald's drive-through in Japan gets a visit from a sacred horse

A popular post on Japanese Twitter provides a glimpse into the long connection between horses and Shinto shrines in Japan.

News site founders, editor resign under pressure from Kazakhstan's authorities

A sophisticated attack on Hola News's website kept it down for 10 days. The core team then abandoned the project, citing pressure from the authorities.

Bangladesh’s upcoming Data Protection Act may suppress, not protect, citizens rights

Analysts fear that a proposed data protection act in Bangladesh contains some loopholes including the indemnification of government agencies, which could be weaponized like the existing controversial Digital Security Act...

Yasin Abu Bakr, leader of Trinidad & Tobago's attempted Islamist coup, dies 31 years after failed insurrection

"Have you lot praising this ‘community leader’ ever thought about not only the people killed but the people living on after being traumatized?"

The son of dictator Ferdinand Marcos wants to become the Philippines’ next president

The danger that Ferdinand (Bongbong) Marcos Jr., son of the hated Philippine dictator, being elected as president in the May 2022 elections is real and a grim possibility.

Why Salvadoran farmworkers ponder migrating to the United States

"I leave the house for work at around 4 in the morning, and I return around 5 in the afternoon. This is my daily routine six days a week."

We need ‘painless’ glucose monitors, says Mia Chichkarikj, a 16-year-old diabetes patient from North Macedonia

“This should be a plea to the authorities at the Ministry of Health, to take our needs for 'painless' glucose monitors seriously and to provide them as soon as possible.”

Cameroon’s teenage cricket star Maeva Douma takes women’s sport to greater heights

Cricket, a relatively new sport in Cameroon, is on a steady rise with over 7,000 children from different regions who are now being trained for the game. 

Key suspect in Haitian president’s assassination held in Jamaica on immigration charges

Details are still coming to light, but the suspect, Colombian national Mario Antonio Palacios Palacios, was arrested in central Jamaica, and was being held on immigration charges.

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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