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These posts are part of The Bridge, featuring original writing, opinion, commentary and investigation from the unique perspective of the Global Voices community.


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9 October 2015

Help! I Can't Communicate With My Mandarin-Speaking Grandpa

US-born Yowei Shaw speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her Taiwanese grandfather speaks virtually no English. She's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.

23 September 2015

‘We Are Here To Support You': A Dutch Welcome for Refugees

Volunteers at Amsterdam's Central Station have banded together to welcome and support arriving refugees. "What I didn’t anticipate," writes Faten Busheri, "are the stories they would tell me."

8 September 2015

A Year Away From Syria

What happens to a Syrian activist and her ideals when she takes refuge outside her war-torn country?

7 September 2015

Everyday Life in a Fragile State

"'Why South Sudan?' someone asked. It's true, but somewhat feeble, to say South Sudan is unlike any other place." Pernille Baerendtsen shares personal impressions on leaving the world's newest country.

5 September 2015

The Privilege of My Canadian Passport Weighs Heavy As the Refugee Crisis Unfolds

Passport privilege is perhaps the most valuable thing in the middle of the unfolding refugee crisis. Should a document be able to determine life or death in this world?

4 September 2015

How You Can Help Syrian (and Other) Refugees

The refugee crisis in Europe has many asking how they can direct their funds and attention to Syrian and other refugees.

2 September 2015

Are Term Limits and Mandatory Political Changeover Really in the Interest of African Nations?

In countries with few leading figures capable of securing the role of head of state, constitutionally mandated political changeover can be a real constraint on the political process.

27 August 2015

Is Turkey Turning Time Back Towards the Dreaded Nineties?

Turkey will host snap elections in November against a background of fear, anger and violence. Is this the way President Erdoğan wanted it?

22 August 2015

Bashar Al Assad Got It Right: Syria Belongs to Those Who Defend It

In his latest speech, Bashar Al Assad said Syria is for those who defend it. Asaad Hanna explains what that means.

18 August 2015

Saeed Kamali Dehghan on Covering Iran for The Guardian

"The common problem in many western media organisations is that they see Iran as black and white, and Iran is not like that. It’s a spectrum, it’s a rainbow.”

17 August 2015

Raising Flags and Hopes

"We are witnessing a new era in Cuba. . . for the first time in my life there isn’t a specific enemy we're expected to fight at all costs."

12 August 2015

My Birthday

On the day of her birthday, Syrian activist Marcell Shehwaro looks back at the trauma and heartbreak of life in Syria through the prism of birthdays past and present.

10 August 2015

London's Social Housing is Falling Down

London's poor are paying for years of government neglect and broken promises about low-cost housing.

6 August 2015

Can Talking About Trash Drive Political Change in Lebanon?

A political movement is coalescing around Lebanese citizens' indignation at their government's cavalier attitude towards garbage disposal.

27 July 2015

How To Miss A Coup d'Etat

The July 27, 1990 attempted coup is Trinidad and Tobago's "Where were you when JFK was shot?" moment. But what if you weren't in the country at the time?

23 July 2015

Talking to Iranian Feminist Author Nina Ansary on the Eve of Change in Iran

Mahsa Alimardani talks to the author of Jewels of Allah, a new book that sheds light on feminism in contemporary Iran.

14 July 2015

The Unbearable Heaviness of American Student Debt

In the "land of opportunity" a university education is beyond the reach of many of its citizens.

8 July 2015

An Unexpected Reunion 20 Years After the Srebrenica Massacre in Bosnia

Maksim risked his life to help his friend Jakub during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Twenty years later, Maksim reunites with Jakub’s wife Šehida for the first time.

1 July 2015

As Karachi Succumbs to a Record-Breaking Heatwave, Social Media to the Rescue

As a heatwave grips parts of Pakistan, dilapidated government hospitals struggle to cope with the influx of heatstroke patients. A tweet from Faisal Kapadia helps ease the situation in Karachi.

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