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22 March 2018

Uncertainty Surrounds the Upcoming Election in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The coming months will be critical for the elections. Will President Kabila respect the existing electoral calendar?

21 March 2018

#SayNOto66d: Documenting the Surge of Online Defamation Cases in Myanmar


The #SayNOto66d website documents online defamation cases in Myanmar while providing information tools to support the campaign to repeal the law.

Hitting a Low Point in the Low Countries

The Bridge

"But I’ve also become Dutch in more insidious ways."

On World Poetry Day, Some Verses Straight From Persia's Heart

The Bridge

"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."

20 March 2018

Homages to Stephen Hawking in Latin America's Media Show How Mourning for the Scientist Transcends Borders

"Everybody knew about Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few understood it. Not even first-class astronomers."

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of March 12-18, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from the majority of the world's countries. Number 99 on the list? Ghana. And number 20? Madagascar.

Anti-Islam TV Spot in the Netherlands Has Dutch Calling for More Love, Less Hate

"Everyday we need to tell each other that their hatred will be defeated by the intrinsic need for peace; to live together; not to hate each other; but to love."

Trinidad and Tobago’s First Female President Claims Her Role as ‘Humble First Servant’

"It finally feels like the narrow vision of the past has broadened to include people on their merits, yet what a heavy burden of expectations the first one [...] carries."

“Africa and the Poetry of News”: Global Voices Hosts a Twitter Chat for World Poetry Day

To honor World Poetry Day on March 21, 2018, Global Voices sub-Saharan Africa team will host a Twitter chat on "Africa and the Poetry of News." Join us! #GVSSA #Poetrynews

19 March 2018

A Respected Ceramicist and a Skilled Novelist: Jamaica Loses Two Much-Loved Creatives in Two Days

"Jamaica, we mourn the passing of sculptor Gene Pearson and writer Garfield Ellis. But we will celebrate them always."

Ghouta's Youth Become War Reporters to Shine a Light on Suffering Civilians

"I want to be a journalist to convey the innocents' suffering or study chemistry to make medicine to the people." - Noor, 12 years old, Eastern Ghouta

18 March 2018

Despite Resignation of Slovakian Prime Minister, Thousands of Protesters Continue to Demand Justice for Murdered Journalist

An estimated 65,000 protesters demanding early elections gathered in the capital city of Bratislava while thousands more rallied in the streets of other cities.

When Indigenous Girls are Raped and Assaulted in Bangladesh, a Queen Rises Up in Solidarity

From 2013 to 2017, violence was committed against 364 indigenous women and girls. In January 2018, 10 women and girls were raped and three of them were killed after rape.

17 March 2018

What Japan's 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots Say About Attitudes Toward Disability

The Bridge

On a careful reading of its character description you will notice that unlike its Olympic counterpart, the Paralympic mascot is not explicitly described as “athletic”.

16 March 2018

Women Reporters Accuse a Prominent Russian Lawmaker of Sexual Harassment, but His Colleagues Stand by Him

RuNet Echo

At least three Russian women reporters have accused Leonid Slutsky, a populist parliament member, of sexual harassment. Most of his politician colleagues, even women, are rallying behind him.

How a Viral Eye Roll Broke the Silence on China's Heavily Censored Web


"The rolling eyes are like a bolt of lightening that destroys tens of thousands expressions of praise and outshines speeches made by hundreds of thousands of brain-dead people."

Why Did Women Journalists Strike in Spain?

" only took a few women initiating the movement for all of us to dive in headfirst, because the inequalities we face are the same."

Iranian Detainees Face Privacy Violations, Public Smear Campaigns


Two cases in Iran highlight new signs of violations of due process and in how personal electronic devices are seized and the right to privacy is violated.

Netizen Report: Internet Censorship Bill Looms Large Over Egypt


The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Guyanese Literary Giant Sir Wilson Harris Leaves Behind a ‘Literacy of the Imagination’

"The indigenous people of the Caribbean, the landscape [...] and native myth were [...] given new meaning because of him. He changed the way Caribbean literature is written and read."

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