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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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4 October 2019

From Syria to the world: Notes on tyranny, war and despair

Based on actual events and stories, these Notes send the message that Syrians deserve to live in peace, dignity and freedom—just like everyone else in the world.

An Exiled Nation: Saharawi advocates call on the world to support self-determination for Western Sahara

The Saharawi people have lived in exile since 1975, when, following Spain’s withdrawal from Africa, the Moroccan and Mauritanian armies occupied the resource-rich territory in Western Sahara where the Saharawi...

13 September 2019

Locked down in Kashmir: A traveler's view

It's been more than a month since the Indian government placed the state of Kashmir on lockdown. A Bangladeshi traveller shares her experience of visiting the region during that period.

9 September 2019

Why we must keep shining a light on Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan’s rulers are not eager to publicise the country’s hardships. Independent media is non-existent and social media severely restricted. If news travels at all, it travels covertly. That’s where I come in.

25 August 2019

Moscow’s revolution will be memed, online and on canvas

RuNet Echo

An anonymous RuNet user has a found a creative way to criticise recent police violence in Moscow: photoshopping riot police into dozens of famous Russian and foreign artworks.

15 August 2019

On activism and the self

"Behind the instagrammable image of the fierce-looking individual with a clenched fist is a person who is constantly rationalizing and reaffirming their fidelity to radical politics."

9 August 2019

Four possible explanations for Turkmenistan's presidential hide-and-seek

Turkmenistan's publicity-loving president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, has been unusually scarce lately, prompting rumours of political upheaval in the Central Asian republic.

7 August 2019

Travel: An extreme sport for Africans

It’s difficult for Africans to travel outside Africa — but it’s equally grim to travel within the continent.

6 August 2019

Three naïve questions about Belarus

Why do so few people know about Belarus?

3 August 2019

In Azerbaijan, trolls keep us at each other’s throats

"Recently I half-jokingly wrote on my Facebook page. . . that “being from Azerbaijan is a terminal diagnosis incompatible with happiness.”

31 July 2019

Queer as quantum joy

"You deserve to be proud of yourself, you rare, riotous beauty. Go on, give yourself a huge, rafter-rattling cheer."

22 July 2019

How US arms supplies to Saudi Arabia threatens Sudan's hard-won peace

The Saudis supply Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces with money and arms. When the US does arms deals with Saudi Arabia they’re essentially supporting RSF.

6 July 2019

Kim Kardashian, cultural appropriation, and genocide

While combining "Kim Kardashian", "kimono" and "cultural appropriation" into a sentence seems almost comically idiotic, cultural appropriation can be deadly, which is reason enough to take cultural appropriation seriously today.

5 July 2019

The ripple effect of the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests on Taiwan politics

"Beijing would now be well aware that its policy on Hong Kong is not just about the city, but has greater implications for its "One China" dream."

27 June 2019

What will it take to combat digital authoritarianism in Southeast Asia?

"Applied to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, digital authoritarianism refers to how the internet has been weaponized in aid of existing authoritarian regimes."

25 June 2019

“Language is also a form of resistance”

Rising Voices

"As a citizen of the Mexican State, I demand that my language, our languages ​​and peoples, have the same opportunities to survive and exist without the fear of being extinguished....

21 June 2019

Years after eviction by an oil extraction project, a Ugandan community waits for justice

Uganda’s oil reserves can potentially bring in revenue of over US$50 billion over 25 years, but extraction projects are happening in areas where land rights and tenure are not clearly...

20 June 2019

I won't climb Everest: a graphic travel journal

GV Community Blog

"From our eyes shine excitement and the (heavy) cultural baggage of the West around the legendary 'roof of the world'."

17 June 2019

On displacement

"Displacement has no particular citizenship. It comes on a slow, malarial boat, or dropped from the sky on small islands buffeted by storms in the Caribbean, our common sea."

12 June 2019

Sudan’s democratic spring is turning into a long and ugly summer

"The worse outcome is the prospect of systemic military violence like Darfur, without intervention by the international community. The same folks are in charge, and we are already looking away."