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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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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.

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."

22 July 2019

How US arms supplies to Saudi Arabia threatens Sudan's hard-won peace

The Saudis supply Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces with money and arms. When the US does arms deals with Saudi Arabia they’re essentially supporting RSF.

6 July 2019

Kim Kardashian, cultural appropriation, and genocide

While combining "Kim Kardashian", "kimono" and "cultural appropriation" into a sentence seems almost comically idiotic, cultural appropriation can be deadly, which is reason enough to take cultural appropriation seriously today.

5 July 2019

The ripple effect of the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests on Taiwan politics

"Beijing would now be well aware that its policy on Hong Kong is not just about the city, but has greater implications for its "One China" dream."

27 June 2019

What will it take to combat digital authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?

"Applied to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, digital authoritarianism refers to how the internet has been weaponized in aid of existing authoritarian regimes."

25 June 2019

“Language is also a form of resistance”

Rising Voices

"As a citizen of the Mexican State, I demand that my language, our languages ​​and peoples, have the same opportunities to survive and exist without the fear of being extinguished....

21 June 2019

Years after eviction by an oil extraction project, a Ugandan community waits for justice

Uganda’s oil reserves can potentially bring in revenue of over US$50 billion over 25 years, but extraction projects are happening in areas where land rights and tenure are not clearly...

20 June 2019

I won't climb the Everest: a graphic travel journal

GV Community Blog

"From our eyes shine excitement and the (heavy) cultural baggage of the West around the legendary 'roof of the world'."

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."

12 June 2019

Sudan’s democratic spring is turning into a long and ugly summer

"The worse outcome is the prospect of systemic military violence like Darfur, without intervention by the international community. The same folks are in charge, and we are already looking away."

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."

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