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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, 2019

The November 12 clashes at the Chinese University of Hong Kong: An eyewitness view

"Some of my students were tweeting things like “where is the university president, where is the management, where are the teachers?!”. . . I decided, Fuck it—I’m going to campus."

Letter to China: My Uyghur friend Zainur has been detained in one of your camps for two years

"They scanned the faces of anyone who entered the masjid. They banned fasting. We buried our books. They told us to remove locks from our doors. 'I don’t know why.'"

Belarus 2020: A course to decolonisation?

Belarus is the most Russified post-Soviet country. In recent years, a series of creative civic initiatives to promote the Belarusian language have been launched to change that.

Who inspires Turkmenistan's elites?

What can multilingualism tell us about how Turkmenistan's elite see their country's place in the world? And what might they tell the world with their newfound linguistic skills?

Museums of the mind: Why we should preserve endangered languages

Sustaining endangered languages involves transforming how speakers are perceived in their communities, how languages are portrayed in the local and national media, and how the matter is treated by governments.

Quichua, a language that sets us free

"Quichua was for me a language with which I cohabited, but I didn’t really know."

End Impunity, Free Expression!

Our right to information is inseparable from our right to expression, and both are under attack. The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is observed on November...

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