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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 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.

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...

13 September 2019

Locked down in Kashmir: A traveler's view

It's been more than a month since the Indian government placed the state of Kashmir on lockdown. A Bangladeshi traveller shares her experience of visiting the region during that period.

9 September 2019

Why we must keep shining a light on Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s rulers are not eager to publicise the country’s hardships. Independent media is non-existent and social media severely restricted. If news travels at all, it travels covertly. That’s where I come in.

25 August 2019

Moscow’s revolution will be memed, online and on canvas

RuNet Echo

An anonymous RuNet user has a found a creative way to criticise recent police violence in Moscow: photoshopping riot police into dozens of famous Russian and foreign artworks.

15 August 2019

On activism and the self

"Behind the instagrammable image of the fierce-looking individual with a clenched fist is a person who is constantly rationalizing and reaffirming their fidelity to radical politics."

9 August 2019

Four possible explanations for Turkmenistan's presidential hide-and-seek

Turkmenistan's publicity-loving president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, has been unusually scarce lately, prompting rumours of political upheaval in the Central Asian republic.

7 August 2019

Travel: An extreme sport for Africans

It’s difficult for Africans to travel outside Africa — but it’s equally grim to travel within the continent.

6 August 2019

Three naïve questions about Belarus

Why do so few people know about Belarus?

3 August 2019

In Azerbaijan, trolls keep us at each other’s throats

"Recently I half-jokingly wrote on my Facebook page. . . that “being from Azerbaijan is a terminal diagnosis incompatible with happiness.”

31 July 2019

Queer as quantum joy

"You deserve to be proud of yourself, you rare, riotous beauty. Go on, give yourself a huge, rafter-rattling cheer."