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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 August, 2016

The Burkini Ban Is Only Skin Deep

By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.

Nigeria: Curbing the Tide of Ethnic Hate — Online and Off

Nigeria is the most active African country for political conversations on Twitter. That vibrant digital sphere, however, is fraught with hate speech.

Daraya, Symbol of Non-Violent Revolution and Self-Determination, Falls to the Syrian Regime

"The people of Daraya paid a heavy price for their dream of freedom. For four years they defended their autonomy from the Assadist state, and kept going despite the siege."

Ahmad Abughaush, Jordanian Gold Medalist, and the Erasure of Palestinian Identity

To those who know the history of Palestine, Ahmad Abughaush's surname speaks volumes. Yet this information was absent from news reports on his gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics.

Breaking the Siege of Aleppo

"The perception is that the US is collaborating with the attackers. If democratic anti-regime forces are crushed by foreign powers and Shia militias, violent extremism will grow in its place."

The City of Mariupol, Ukraine's Line in the Sand

"This is a war in which the interplay of informational conflict and physical violence is especially evident, in which disinformation and propaganda muddle motives, deny violence, and seek to confuse."

Cairo's Rabaa Massacre: Three Years On, the Smell of Death Still Lingers

Three years have passed, but we refuse to forget the Rabaa Massacre.

‘Limited Bandwidth': Where Is the Reporting on Kashmir?

"For partisan commenters on both sides, compromise seems impossible. Kashmir is like Solomon’s Baby, except both of its prospective mothers are happy to cut it in half."

Killed in the Quetta Bombing, Mehmood Khan Was a Dreamer and the Best of Pakistan

Mehmood's death in the Quetta hospital bombing is a monumental loss. The media industry helped transform him from a security guard into a skilled media professional.

The New Orientalism: Iran as a Political Commodity

The fact that Iran remains for westerners an exotic and mysterious land whose "complex history" requires "untangling" by experts, puts serious limits on the possibilities for genuine engagement.

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

How the Zika Narrative About Puerto Rico Explains US Colonialism

Puerto Ricans work, love, live and struggle daily to resist not only the Zika virus, but something much more devastating: more than a century of colonialism and its many consequences.

Anonymous Eritrea: Communicating in a Paranoid State

Many believe that the state can monitor any Eritrean, in any corner of the world. The regime has successfully portrayed itself as omnipresent—this is fundamental to its survival.

US Politics? No, Thanks. Pass the Tomatoes.

Funny how tastes can change.

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