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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, 2018

26 November 2018

Crossing the Syrian-Turkish border: risks by the hour

"They sprinted over the 50-meter stretch between the asphalt road and the mountain... 30 minutes later, the guide stopped and told them that they had just crossed the danger zone."

16 November 2018

How do non-native residents of the Netherlands view Zwarte Piet, St. Nicholas’ blackface servant?

“I understand Dutch affection for Zwarte Piet is born out of a warm, and well-meaning Christmas tradition. But I cannot excuse it.”

10 November 2018

Is Jair Bolsonaro another Rodrigo Duterte? It's more complicated than you think

As Brazilians prepare for a Bolsonaro presidency, they’d do well to look at the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte’s two and a half years in office.

6 November 2018

Eastern Ghouta's displaced residents are stuck between a rock and a hard place

The displaced masses of Ghouta arrive in northern Syria tired, broken and burdened by unbearable memories and the pressure to begin their migratory lives with difficult choices.

1 November 2018

The Cop and the Showgirl, or how China's newest tool of repression targets the rich and powerful

The "liuzhi" detention law was introduced in May 2018. "Even the constitution now says that the liuzhi agency ranks higher than the judiciary and the prosecutor’s office."