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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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11 July 2018

The importance of having an Afro-feminist activist in Costa Rica's government

"While Marielle Franco was assassinated in Brazil for being a black, feminist and dissenting voice...Epsy Campbell, a recognized leader of the Afro-Latin American movement, was elected vice president..."

22 June 2018

A new generation picks up the struggle against coal in the Czech Republic

"With decision makers still jammed in the vicious cycle of coal and nuclear, building a strong climate movement that crosses borders seems more important than ever."

‘Internet is not for the Tajik language'? A crowdsourced soccer blog marks 10 years

Rising Voices

"I had volunteers. Many of them!"

14 June 2018

On being black in the white-dominated aid industry

"...the responses of other black women in the sector about the mental gymnastics and marginalization one has to engage in to survive were all too familiar."

28 May 2018

How ‘African’ is Northern Africa?

"Why are Africans from north of the Sahara sometimes not considered definitively 'African'?"

7 May 2018

‘I wanted my grandchildren to grow up in that house': Testimony of a 61-year-old Syrian woman from Zamalka

I wanted my grandchildren to grow up there, so that they would add to that home a new life, just like every generation of our ancestors did. 

18 April 2018

Pakistan's under-threat minorities have found their voice. But will the state listen?

"I cried today after seeing this post. It is the seventh day of a sit-in in Quetta against unlawful terrorism...and yet nothing has changed."

17 April 2018

Syria and the anti-imperialism of idiots

"This anti-war left exhibits deeply authoritarian tendencies, that place states at the centre of political analysis. . . . "

14 April 2018

Empty Nets Syndrome: How young fishing families on Cambodia's Mekong are struggling to survive

For young parents from Cambodia's Cham fishing community, the river-based lifestyle led by their ancestors for 4,000 years is beginning to lose some of its appeal.

12 April 2018

#KnowYourDictator: Political Emigres and Their Hashtags Haunt Azerbaijan's Re-elected Strongman

Having largely suffocated opposition at home, newly-elected President Ilham Aliyev is finding ways to hurt activists living abroad.

11 April 2018

Confrontation and Disruption in a New Exhibition by Chinese-American Artist Xiaoze Xie

"Subjects with conflicts, struggles, and some intensity always compel me to paint, because I think they are important."

4 April 2018

On Pakistani Activist Raza Khan, Four Months After His Disappearance

"How could a man who never raises his voice, hardly argues, politely manages disagreements, and has not hurt any being pose a threat? What would anyone gain from his disappearance?"

22 March 2018

The Dystopian Reality of Being an ‘Accidental American’

"In this dystopian world, you occupy a special place... You've never had any relationship or communication with the US authorities. You don’t have any US paper except your birth certificate."

21 March 2018

Hitting a Low Point in the Low Countries

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

Encounters with Caribbean Genius: Derek Walcott, Wilson Harris, Aubrey Williams

"So much to praise and cherish forever as long as forever ever lasts." A celebrated Caribbean writer on three of his contemporaries.

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

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

17 March 2018

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

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”.

12 March 2018

Citizenship, Surveillance and Taxes: A Dystopian Tale

Like the increasing number of people who cross borders for employment, love or safety, you settle someplace else. But your country of origin casts a long shadow...

10 March 2018

Law, Entertainment and Politics in Korea Feel the Wrath of #MeToo

Koreans witnessed the power of the people with the ousting of the president last March. Now they're seeing it again in the form of #MeToo and #WithYou.

9 March 2018

What Bitcoin, Tulip Mania and the Nigerian Stock Market Have in Common

"Though tulips had no practical use and lacked fragrance and medicinal value, at the height of tulip mania investors sold their homes to purchase a single bulb. Sound familiar?"

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