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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.


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12 March 2018

Citizenship, Surveillance and Taxes: A Dystopian Tale

Like the increasing number of people who cross borders for employment, love or safety, you settle someplace else. But your country of origin casts a long shadow...

9 March 2018

What Bitcoin, Tulip Mania and the Nigerian Stock Market Have in Common

"Though tulips had no practical use and lacked fragrance and medicinal value, at the height of tulip mania investors sold their homes to purchase a single bulb. Sound familiar?"

8 March 2018

Rebels and Rebellion in Classic Chinese Literature

"These stories continued to be passed from generation to generation because they embody a spirit of disobedience and rebellion, an eternal source of inspiration for the Chinese people."

2 March 2018

How Movies and TV are Helping Venezuelans Negotiate Their Country's Collapse

Amid food shortages and rising crime, Venezuelans seek meaning in "The Hunger Games" and "The Walking Dead".

A Suicide Mentality, on the Precipice of War in Northeast Asia

"As North Korean defectors have reported, there's a possibility that Kim Jong Un’s forces might employ kamikaze tactics if they see that their country cannot withstand attacks by the US."

21 February 2018

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

20 February 2018

“Do Others Know We Exist?”: A Nurse's Testimony from Syria's Besieged Eastern Ghouta

"We were crying for Umm Muhammad, and because we were afraid. We wondered whether we were going to face the same fate, and whether our children would be rendered motherless."

14 February 2018

The Pollution in Iran's Ahwaz Region Turns Deadly

The Ahwaz region of Iran produces 95 percent of the country's oil and gas wealth—at huge cost to the area's predominantly Arab population.

26 January 2018

Iranian Calligraphy Meets Comic Books and Western Pop Culture in Jason Noushin's Art

"Obviously, the influence of pop culture and traditional Persian calligraphy are at odds with each, but their combined visual impact is harmonious."

25 January 2018

Rejected by Australia and Condemned to Detention in Indonesia, Refugees Protest Life in Limbo

"Australian NGOs have denounced this 'Indonesian Solution', arguing that their government is paying Jakarta “hundreds of millions of dollars to detain and warehouse asylum seekers."

22 January 2018

Does a New Japanese Robotic Wheelchair Offer “Answers to Problems Disabled People Don't Have”?

"Instead of developing new technologies that might prove unsuitable, why not at the very least also train more professional carers?"

21 January 2018

To Achieve Freedom for Iran and the Arab Nations, the Region Must Unite

"United, we can rebuild the region and save all our peoples before the Iranian regime drags us all over the precipice into a chasm of sectarian bloodletting and chaos."

3 January 2018

The People of Iran Are Raising Their Voices: Scenes from the Protests

Defiance, civil disobedience, chanting and non-violence: scenes from the past few days in Iran, where citizens have taken to the streets to protest against the government.

25 December 2017

In Memory of Aleppo

"We are alive, we will keep going, and the dream will be realized"

9 December 2017

Syrian and Lebanese: On the Conflict of Identities

"Being half-Lebanese, half-Syrian is like being a child whose parents are separated and both hate you because each half of you reminds them of the other...."

26 October 2017

Ex-Refugee Who Slept Rough in Rome Now Runs Several Businesses, Dreams of Rebuilding Afghanistan

"I want to invest in Afghanistan, I have never forgotten my country and I can’t live happily, knowing that my people are suffering."

24 October 2017

Kebab, Yes; Revolution, No: Migrants and the Fight for Catalonia

"I was surprised that people sporting dreadlocks, turbans, braids, and other Afrocentric apparel failed to acknowledge the word "migrant" at an event supporting those being persecuted in Catalonia..."

15 October 2017

Not Without a Fight: The Battle for Affordable Housing in Cape Town

For many residents of Cape Town, South Africa—a city often touted for its quality of life—the legacy of segregation and spatial apartheid persists in a tangible and powerful way.

7 October 2017

Achieving Barrier-Free Access Proves a Hurdle in Japan's 2020 Paralympics Preparations

With only three years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, the Japanese government will have to work quickly to make the games truly barrier-free.

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