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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 November, 2016

25 November 2016

From Tehran to Manhattan, One Fashion Shoot at a Time

Had fashion photographer Kourosh Sotoodeh pursued his profession in Iran, he might well have been among those arrested in recent crackdowns. Luckily for him, he made it to New York.

In Iran, the Kurdish Struggle Remains in the Shadows

The Kurdish struggle remains one of the most compelling storylines of the Middle East. The Kurds of Iran are active, but often ignored by the international community.

23 November 2016

How My Father Recorded 100 Days of Curfew In Kashmir

"According to Google Maps, my father has his free movement restricted to 990 metres, 10 metres less than a kilometre."

Sleeping or Dead – Part 4: “We Declared It a Revolution For Freedom”

"For them our triumphant chants for freedom have been a sort of rape, and now is their chance for revenge."

22 November 2016

I’m Qatari, and I Want to Be Able to Decide For Myself Who I Marry

"My marriage changed me. It took my outside my bubble, and made me question our culture’s values."

17 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 3: Thought is the Crime

"Even if they don’t torture you, the mere act of waiting does. Have they forgotten us? Are we going to stay in here forever? Why haven’t they called us today?"

15 November 2016

The Year is 2021, and the Trump Republic is in the Throes of a Succession Crisis….

In this piece of satire, a Global Voices contributor imagines what the United States of America under President Trump might look like in five years' time.

14 November 2016

Dear Young Progressive Annoyed About the Trump Victory…

"Is it such a terrible thing that the other half of the country should have the right to to have a government it favors in power?"

12 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 2: Aghiad's Blue Jacket

"He pulls the chain till we are hanging by our hands, toes barely touching the ground. You’re mid-way between sky and earth, presented as a sacrifice of blood."

Decision 2016: Assessing the Damage

"The political gains made under Obama will likely be reversed, as Trump has promised to repeal the accord with Cuba and renegotiate trade treaties which would affect" Latin American nations.

11 November 2016

America, I Used to Love You

The election of Donald Trump has broken the hearts of many around the world who love America.

Let’s Take Back Twitter, Please

A worldwide campaign is underway to attempt to buy and transform the little blue bird into a cooperatively-owned platform.

10 November 2016

Possible Trump Cabinet Members’ Links to the MEK Cult Could Spell Trouble for Iran

A Donald Trump presidency and the closeness of some of the president-elect's key allies with the militant group MEK could mean a worrying shift in the US position on Iran.

8 November 2016

For Migrants of All Kinds, the Football Pitch Can Be a Place of Real Empathy

Lova Rakotomala plays football even though he's terrible at it. This is why.

7 November 2016

To Some Iranians Watching the US Elections, Democracy Really Seems Like a House of Cards

For some Iranians the 2016 US presidential elections has been shadowed by a demagoguery they know only too well from their own political sphere's struggles for democracy.

4 November 2016

Iran’s Keywan Karimi: The Filmmaker as Graffiti Artist

Working under threat of imprisonment for practicing his craft, Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has turned the difficult conditions of artistic production into an aesthetic.

3 November 2016

How To Talk About the Chicago Cubs Win With Your Non-American Friends

The members of the Global Voices core team tried to have a conversation about baseball, and this happened.

Sleeping or Dead – Part 1: “Everything Screams Death”

"An electric current that would be enough to re-power my neighborhood...ran through my body." The first in a six-part series by Sarmad Al-Jilane about his experiences in a Syrian prison.

2 November 2016

Viewed from Central Asia, US Democracy Is Looking More and More Like the Region's Own Version

Clinton the Second or Trump the Great? The choices look pretty familiar to observers from one of the world's most authoritarian regions.

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