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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 July, 2017

28 July 2017

As Kenyans Go to the Polls on August 8, Here Are the Things to Watch

After avoiding a repeat of 2007 with peaceful elections in 2013, "the odds this year appear once again stacked against the smooth running of the polls."

27 July 2017

In Uganda's Parliament, the Arc of the Moral Universe Bends Toward Sexism

"The parliament that once roared with socially progressive legislators...is now a circus where one can refer to imaginary studies to deny the experiences of victims of violence, with little opposition."

26 July 2017

Venezuela: The Horror Beyond the Door

"The stench of the tear gas is everywhere. You can still hear the muffled echo of explosions, sometimes far away, sometimes close by. A constant, incomprehensible chain of events. ""Seguí...

21 July 2017

Between Worlds: The Complicated Life of a Young Japanese Returnee

'We said "sorry" in Japanese, to which she replied, “Oh, you're Japanese? Then always speak Japanese, you foreigner!”'

20 July 2017

Caracas the Deceiving City (and Other Forms of Pain)

“Caracas is different, it has a sense of identity. There is fear for sure, but there is also the happiness of small things. [...] The small hidden treasures.”

I Dread Setting Foot on U.S. Soil While Trump is President

Visiting the U.S. now "would mean having to overcome too much frustration over how the country I used to know has changed."

“In Spain We Have The Best System To Get Rid Of Racism – Denying It Exists.”

"...I'm sorry to disappoint you, but this is happening in this country, my country, to those who aren't like us... It is racism."

18 July 2017

One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline

"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."

What Will it Take to End Child Marriages in Afghanistan?

Practices such as “baad” and “baadal” were prohibited under a 2009 law, but continue unhindered in the country today.

8 July 2017

Turkish Opposition Looks to Build Momentum as Their Justice March Reaches Istanbul

“We need to achieve what we couldn't do following Gezi and 16 April. We need to show the decisiveness that would bring the energy of the social opposition to politics.”

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