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The Bridge features personal essays, commentary, and creative non-fiction that illuminate differences in perception between local and international coverage of news events, from the unique perspective of members of the Global Voices community. Views expressed do not necessarily represent the opinion of the community as a whole. All Posts

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22 March 2019

Violence tiptoes in on jokes, stereotypes, and lies — and catches us by surprise

Yeah, I'm angry. And scared. About racism. Our future. The Netherlands.

8 March 2019

A palace on stilts: Guyanese novelist Wilson Harris returns to life in Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

"Everywhere in Harris’ book we are asked to look up. At the sky, at the sun, at houses built on stilts."

27 February 2019

What diapers taught me about Europe

"With unrestricted access to information, my critical consciousness was awakened, and I began to reconsider binaries like “developed” and “backward” and re-analyze politics both in Turkmenistan and West."

12 February 2019

Let the dead tell their stories about Hong Kong

A "homicide tour" seeks to explore "the meaning of life and living conditions" in one Hong Kong neighbourhood.

26 November 2018

Crossing the Syrian-Turkish border: risks by the hour

"They sprinted over the 50-meter stretch between the asphalt road and the mountain... 30 minutes later, the guide stopped and told them that they had just crossed the danger zone."

6 November 2018

Eastern Ghouta's displaced residents are stuck between a rock and a hard place

The displaced masses of Ghouta arrive in northern Syria tired, broken and burdened by unbearable memories and the pressure to begin their migratory lives with difficult choices.

1 November 2018

The Cop and the Showgirl, or how China's newest tool of repression targets the rich and powerful

The "liuzhi" detention law was introduced in May 2018. "Even the constitution now says that the liuzhi agency ranks higher than the judiciary and the prosecutor’s office."

26 October 2018

All art is political: A conversation with Patricia Kaersenhout

"We all have ways in which we are a victim and a perpetrator."

19 October 2018

White saviors, Liberian schools

For some African nations, the allure of outsourcing their education systems to well-funded foreign NGOs is hard to resist. But it's the most vulnerable who end up paying the price.

8 October 2018

I, Xenophobe: Chronicle of a migratory displacement

"The migrant's life is solitary in the extreme. Your friends live on WhatsApp, you do nothing but work and, in our case, watch the crisis unfold from afar."

5 October 2018

Japan mortgages its future, choosing growth over environment

"One could speculate that the Japanese militarism of the early Showa period has simply been channeled into fanatical devotion to the principle of economic growth."

20 September 2018

A film about a Montenegrin freedom fighter seeks to keep anti-fascist values alive

"By sharing the story of an ordinary person's struggle, we wanted to remind younger generations how the rights we now enjoy were won..."

Uighurs in the laogai: how China's persecution of a minority turned my fiction into fact

"In 2017, 21% of all arrests made in China took place in Xinjiang Province, a region where only 1.5% of the Chinese population lives."

22 August 2018

Anatomy of a Trinidad earthquake

"I was silenced, diminished and at the same time in total awe. This was nature and I understood myself to be at the very heart of it."

21 August 2018

Venezuelan education and the specter of ideology

"I imagine Venezuela's [next] generation. . . A generation for whom dissent goes against the idea of the nation. A country of indoctrination, without arguments or debate. A silent country."

12 August 2018

His world was what it was: the enigma of V.S. Naipaul

"There are books of Naipaul’s I hope never to read again, and books of his without which I can’t understand the world I was born into."

9 August 2018

Four women icons of the Syrian revolution

One perished in a Syrian prison, two died in exile, the other is still missing. The personal histories of these four Syrian women challenge us to not to forget.

For Cuba's transnational families, a little internet goes a long way

To understand the changing dynamics of the many Cuban families with members living abroad, spend some time in the country's public wifi parks.

8 August 2018

To see the full brutality of ICE's impact on immigrants, look inside U.S. borders too

"The terror ICE raids sow in communities affects us all. In immigrant communities this often results in a reluctance to call police, cooperate with authorities or show up in court..."

“What followed horrified us beyond our wildest imaginations”: an eyewitness account of the Bangladesh student protests

"Young Bangladeshis like me are tired of fearing for our lives on the roads—fearing being run over simply because the driver values making money more than human lives."

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