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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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17 June 2019

On displacement

"Displacement has no particular citizenship. It comes on a slow, malarial boat, or dropped from the sky on small islands buffeted by storms in the Caribbean, our common sea."

23 May 2019

‘Big tech companies won’t solve the problem for us. We can do it ourselves.’

Rising Voices

My 92 year old grandfather, like Nigerians of his generation, can read and write in Yorùbá. But since they are not 'literate' in English, they are digitally excluded.

6 May 2019

Do you really need to learn Japanese to live in Japan?

The more hard-won the lessons we learn about the country, the more some of us realize how mundane life in Japan actually is.

3 May 2019

The Sri Lanka Niqab ban and the politics of distraction

Ever since the identification of the all-male group of bombers behind the massacre as members of militant group ISIS, Muslim women have borne the brunt.

1 May 2019

‘Envision a new war': the Syrian Archive, corporate censorship and the struggle to preserve public history online

Advox

Social media companies are censoring images of war. The Syrian Archive is working to preserve them.

16 April 2019

Material Culture art exhibition communicates deep personal experiences to transcend cultural borders

The exhibition features the work of five Iran-born artists who use “nonrepresentational forms” and a range of materials to create a visual language that communicates deep personal experiences and transcends...

15 April 2019

“Our languages are not dying, they are being killed”

“Your language is worthless,” they were told repeatedly. “To be a Mexican citizen, you must speak the national language, Spanish. Stop speaking your language.”

13 April 2019

Game of Thrones and climate change: brace yourselves, summer is coming!

Imagine a world where political clans fight for power while ignoring a threat never seen before—and which could annihilate their societies without much consideration for human-made boundaries...

5 April 2019

Luis Carlos and Global Voices, 12 years and counting

"Luis Carlos represents certain characteristics and qualities: strength, resilience in the face of obstacles, solidarity and commitment to human rights and a rather brilliant and idiosyncratic sense of humour."

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."

16 November 2018

How do non-native residents of the Netherlands view Zwarte Piet, St. Nicholas’ blackface servant?

“I understand Dutch affection for Zwarte Piet is born out of a warm, and well-meaning Christmas tradition. But I cannot excuse it.”

10 November 2018

Is Jair Bolsonaro another Rodrigo Duterte? It's more complicated than you think

As Brazilians prepare for a Bolsonaro presidency, they’d do well to look at the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte’s two and a half years in office.

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.

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