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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 June, 2017

26 June 2017

Iran's Revolution In Waiting

Without the active presence of justice in all its forms, it will remain impossible for any Iranian government to achieve coexistence among all of the country’s ethnic nations.

25 June 2017

Romania Seeks to Draw Lines Around Notions of Family

But as shown by the increasing numbers of children with parents working abroad, the lines are already being redrawn by economic pressures.

24 June 2017

Tanzanian Media Misrepresent the Dispute Between the Government and the World's Third Largest Gold Mining Company

The chairman of the mining company Barrick Gold said one thing, but the media said something completely different.

In a Guardian Story About an Environmental Conflict in Kenya, the White Saviour Rides Again

The Guardian's portrayal of an Italian expat as the central figure in a noble fight to save the environment from local hordes erases the complex reality of a Kenyan region.

23 June 2017

Remembering Native American Civil Rights Pioneer, Lehman Brightman

Brightman was a key figure in many important acts of Native American resistance, including the takeover of Alcatraz Island and the occupation of Mount Rushmore.

19 June 2017

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: Scenes to Help You (Try to) Understand Venezuela

"Venezuela is falling to pieces. We’re falling apart and I wonder if any of us are even aware of it."

17 June 2017

A Cuban Writes to Donald Trump

"What kind of global power believes that allowing its people to travel to an island with 11 million inhabitants and a president named Castro could enrich only that government?"

13 June 2017

The Death of a Sanitary Worker in Pakistan

"This incident hits at my identities as a humanitarian, a global public health advocate, a medical doctor, and a Pakistani minority."

8 June 2017

There Are 23 Indian-Language Wikipedias. The Oldest Just Turned 15.

It has yet to be included in Google Translate, but Odia was the first Indian language to make an appearance on Wikipedia, 15 years ago.

7 June 2017

Iranian Photographer Mehrdad Naraghi: “No Medium Can Ever Be ‘Finished'”

"No medium is ever “finished.” It is only an artist who can be finished."

6 June 2017

How Not to Have Six Horrible Months in Uganda

A narrative that exoticizes an African country with no attempt to understand its people tells us more about the writer than it does about the continent.

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: The Landscape of Everyday Terror

"...I don’t remember when violence was not part of my life, when I didn’t live in fear of being attacked by those seeking to seize or to maintain power."

2 June 2017

The Muslims You Cannot See

"Islamophobia in its ugliest forms attacks our belonging. It attacks our identity, which is so vast, varied, and intersectional that it cannot possibly fit into a box."