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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 December, 2015

30 December 2015

2015 Was A Breakthrough Year For Sexual Diversity

Marriage equality scored major triumphs this year in Ireland, Chile, Colombia and the US, though for many on the sexual diversity spectrum the fight continues.

Finding the Cultural Bridges of the Middle East in Literary Istanbul

Conversations with literary masters in Istanbul lead Arash Azizi to ponder the cultural disconnect, especially in terms of literature, between the countries of the Middle East.

22 December 2015

The Syrian Conflict Won't Steal My Christmas

In a country in the throes of war, celebrating Christmas can be an act of both profound naïvete and staunch resistance.

16 December 2015

The Liberation of Dhaka and the Whitewashing of Pakistan's History

Pakistan's official account of their Armed Forces' surrender in Dhaka 44 years ago ignores the realities of the bloody conflict that resulted in Bangladesh's secession.

A Year on From the Peshawar School Attack, the Wounds are Still Fresh

"The auditorium smelt like an abattoir. “This is where the most children were killed,” we were told." One year later, a journalist revisits the experience of the Peshawar school attack.

15 December 2015

Is the World Forum for Democracy a Space of Genuine Dialogue?

At this year's World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, tolerance for debate and differences of opinion left something to be desired.

11 December 2015

Syria's Most Vulnerable Live a Hard Life in Jordan's Refugee Camps

Yemeni blogger Noon Arabia visits a few of the camps where some of Jordan's 650,000 Syrian refugees are living under difficult circumstances.

7 December 2015

To Solve Gun Violence, Americans Need to Aim Higher

"I’m angry over the shootings in so many other places, no matter what twisted, dehumanizing vision motivates them. But I also want to be true to myself and my values."

3 December 2015

Is Open Government Political Theatre for the Corrupt?

There he was on stage talking about the importance of transparency, of openness, and of technology for government. Then one week later, he resigned as prime minister of Romania.

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