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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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16 February 2020

The feminist translators and interpreters revolutionizing the profession in Argentina

"Feminism is always growing and diversifying, and feminists must come together and create areas of common interest and practice unique forms of activism that move away from hegemonic feminism"

23 January 2020

What's in a ‘Japanese Adult Cream Pie'?

"Didn't McDonald's Japan understand how bad it sounds in English?" was a common reaction. "What were they thinking?"

21 January 2020

Redemption Song: My journey to marijuana activism

"Ganja has been a source of inspiration, meditation and medication on my journey as a mixed-race, working-class Caribbean woman trying to make a way in this capitalist world."

The meaning of Tsai Ing-wen's 8.17 million votes in the Taiwan presidential elections

Some analysts have attributed Tsai Ing-wen's landslide victory in Taiwan's recent presidential to the Hong Kong protests and encroachment by Beijing. But that's only part of the story.

20 December 2019

Scenes from Ma'shour: On the brutal suppression of protests in an Iranian city

"In the days after the horrific incident, the stench of charred corpses in the marshes remained so strong that it reached across the city."

17 December 2019

Risk rooted in colonial era weighs on Bahamas’ efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian

"The different ways in which Abaco and Grand Bahama were affected by the same event is an example of how disaster impacts are rooted in the historical development of society."

15 November 2019

The November 12 clashes at the Chinese University of Hong Kong: An eyewitness view

"Some of my students were tweeting things like “where is the university president, where is the management, where are the teachers?!”. . . I decided, Fuck it—I’m going to campus."

13 November 2019

Letter to China: My Uyghur friend Zainur has been detained in one of your camps for two years

"They scanned the faces of anyone who entered the masjid. They banned fasting. We buried our books. They told us to remove locks from our doors. 'I don’t know why.'"

12 November 2019

Belarus 2020: A course to decolonisation?

Belarus is the most Russified post-Soviet country. In recent years, a series of creative civic initiatives to promote the Belarusian language have been launched to change that.

7 November 2019

Who inspires Turkmenistan's elites?

What can multilingualism tell us about how Turkmenistan's elite see their country's place in the world? And what might they tell the world with their newfound linguistic skills?

6 November 2019

Museums of the mind: Why we should preserve endangered languages

Rising Voices

Sustaining endangered languages involves transforming how speakers are perceived in their communities, how languages are portrayed in the local and national media, and how the matter is treated by governments.

Quichua, a language that sets us free

Rising Voices

"Quichua was for me a language with which I cohabited, but I didn’t really know."

1 November 2019

End Impunity, Free Expression!

Advox

Our right to information is inseparable from our right to expression, and both are under attack. The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is observed on November...

30 October 2019

The Hong Kong protests are becoming more violent because justice is not being served

"I am not asking you to tolerate violence, I am asking you to understand it."

26 October 2019

One of the few certainties of the Chilean crisis is the shadow of the past

In the midst of the turmoil in Chile, there's one point on which both the radical right and radical left concur: that this moment has overtones of the 1973 coup...

14 October 2019

Was the Nobel Peace Prize for Ethiopia’s prime minister premature?

Abiy Ahmed Ali has undertaken unprecedented reforms since he took office last year. But will he end up like other African leaders who started well, but went rogue over time?

10 October 2019

‘I and we': The rallying cry of Russian protests

RuNet Echo

As the product of no particular political grouping or ideology, Я/Мы has become a relatively neutral rallying cry around which citizens of all political persuasions can unite.

4 October 2019

Climate activists in the Netherlands: “We need hope through action”

“I asked myself, how can we make sure that there is a just and healthy planet in the end for us to live our liberated lives?”

From Syria to the world: Notes on tyranny, war and despair

Based on actual events and stories, these Notes send the message that Syrians deserve to live in peace, dignity and freedom—just like everyone else in the world.

An Exiled Nation: Saharawi advocates call on the world to support self-determination for Western Sahara

The Saharawi people have lived in exile since 1975, when, following Spain’s withdrawal from Africa, the Moroccan and Mauritanian armies occupied the resource-rich territory in Western Sahara where the Saharawi...