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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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Stories about The Bridge from October, 2015

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?

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