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These posts are part of The Bridge, featuring original writing, opinion, commentary and investigation from the unique perspective of the Global Voices community.


Stories about The Bridge

16 November 2015

The Refugees Stopping at Vienna's Train Station of Hope

A look back at the scenes at Vienna's central train station in September, two months before the deadly violence from which many refugees are fleeing would touch Beirut and Paris.

15 November 2015

After the Paris Attacks: For It to Be Unity, It Can't Be Partial

"Scrolling up and down Facebook, reading impressions, testimonials, opinions, statistics, I see that the main victims of the attacks are people of all colours, and over 15 nationalities."

28 October 2015

Defending Gaza Using Social Media's Double-Edged Sword

Palestinian social media power user Omar Ghraieb chronicles his journey through the minefield of social media.

On Drawing Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution as a Comic Strip

One year after Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution, cartoonist Jason Li reflects on his social advocacy comic experiment.

27 October 2015

Carrot Syrup, Potato Compresses and Nutmeg Necklaces: Grandma's Remedies From Around the World

An international array of nostrums, cures and concoctions, courtesy the grandmothers of Global Voices community members. Try a few and call us in the morning.

21 October 2015

Precarity and Resilience in Calais

"We are from countries that have been colonised or had wars fought against them—by the same countries that now treat us like criminals and make us risk our lives...”

Two Sides of the Reality: A Summer Lesson in Chios Island

For residents of the Greek island of Chios, the past summer brought a lesson that "will continue. . . as long as the misery inside and outside our country persists."

20 October 2015

‘The World Needs Tunisia’

Journalist Guy Sitbon reacts to the Quartet of Tunisian National Dialogue's Nobel Peace Prize win. "Here is what Oslo has revealed to me: the world needs Tunisia too."

Trinidad and Tobago's Oddly Overlooked—and Totally Legal—Fix for Marijuana

With marijuana cases clogging up the courts, cannabis legalisation advocates in Trinidad and Tobago are looking to an overlooked section of the law to help their push for decriminalisation.

14 October 2015

What's Personal When You're Syrian?

"How to disentangle the personal from the public in your animosity towards those who want to kill you just because you attempted to assert your personal and public rights?"

9 October 2015

Help! I Can't Communicate With My Mandarin-Speaking Grandpa

US-born Yowei Shaw speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her Taiwanese grandfather speaks virtually no English. She's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.

8 October 2015

Stopped and Frisked by Facebook: ‘Real Name’ Policy Puts Speech Before Privacy

Facebook has a long way to go before they can fully appreciate the responsibility they carry when they decide to dictate what and who is "real" in the world.

6 October 2015

Steps On the Journey

“The seas are not only the graveyard of our bodies. . . but also of our memories—of our belongings and the small things we brought to remind us of home.”

2 October 2015

Kidnapped, But Sameera Is Ever-Present in the Memories of Syrians

Yasin Al Hajj Saleh is a teacher of hope. If he was able to smile in the face of hope, what is your excuse?

28 September 2015

Miles to Go Before They Rest: Voices from the Croatia-Serbia Border Crossing

When those seeking refuge pass through areas like the Serbia-Croatia border crossing, they've already travelled many, many miles—but for most of them it's a mere fraction of the total journey.

23 September 2015

‘We Are Here To Support You': A Dutch Welcome for Refugees

Volunteers at Amsterdam's Central Station have banded together to welcome and support arriving refugees. "What I didn’t anticipate," writes Faten Busheri, "are the stories they would tell me."

8 September 2015

A Year Away From Syria

What happens to a Syrian activist and her ideals when she takes refuge outside her war-torn country?

7 September 2015

Everyday Life in a Fragile State

"'Why South Sudan?' someone asked. It's true, but somewhat feeble, to say South Sudan is unlike any other place." Pernille Baerendtsen shares personal impressions on leaving the world's newest country.

5 September 2015

The Privilege of My Canadian Passport Weighs Heavy As the Refugee Crisis Unfolds

Passport privilege is perhaps the most valuable thing in the middle of the unfolding refugee crisis. Should a document be able to determine life or death in this world?

4 September 2015

How You Can Help Syrian (and Other) Refugees

The refugee crisis in Europe has many asking how they can direct their funds and attention to Syrian and other refugees.

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