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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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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."

5 August 2018

In the Caribbean's carnival capital, a Pride parade makes its debut

"What really upsets religious leaders is the fact that there are gay people in this country and we are not ashamed."

3 August 2018

No Shame: How an online initiative in Kazakhstan is helping youth protect their sexual health

UyatEmes.kz is out to tackle the stigma that surrounds sex education in the former Soviet republic.

30 July 2018

A young Syrian widow from Eastern Ghouta on her forced displacement

"Remember my story. My name is Safa. I was born thirty years ago. Today, I'm forcibly displaced from my home with my three children. I'm now alone, sad and tired."

29 July 2018

Barbados’ LGBT+ community is here, queer and making history with the country's first public Pride Parade

"‘I’m Coming Out’ played and down a side street comes Didi wearing a pride dress, hoisting a flag. She’s running hard in heels. The crowd explodes. It was our party."

27 July 2018

Will a World Cup joke force France to have a necessary conversation about Africa?

"By calling them an African team it seems you are denying their Frenchness."

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."

7 June 2018

Sorry, I don't speak English. I speak Photography.

"There is nothing that couldn't be photographed, nothing that does not warrant the telling of a new story."

31 May 2018

From zero to superhero

In which an undocumented immigrant from Mali scales a tall building and—for once—comes out on top.

28 May 2018

How ‘African’ is Northern Africa?

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

19 May 2018

Cuba's parliament now has three black vice presidents. How come that didn't make the news?

"For opponents everywhere [...] everyone is so equally oppressed that racial discrimination is unworthy of special attention. These dynamics hijack the discussion and keep us from moving forward."

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."

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