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Venezuela’s feminist movement begins rising above political polarization

“The State doesn’t take care of me, my female friends do."

Grief, alienation, trauma: Kashmir under lockdown

"The removal of Article 370 may or may not impact the people of the Kashmir valley, but the treatment meted out only reminds us about the brutal occupation of our...

‘The bars will spill over to songs of you': A Caribbean farewell to Kenny Rogers

"Depend on it, Kenny Rogers, when coronavirus leaves the long gambling-table of life, having taken too many of us with it, the bars will spill over to songs of you."

The anti-feminism of Mexican President López Obrador

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador keeps sending messages that show an astounding lack of support for the victims of femicide.

International Women's Day: How far have we come?

"Although Macedonian women gained the vote in 1946, the progress of the women’s movement here reminds me of the national folk dance – three steps forward, two steps back."

The feminist translators and interpreters revolutionizing the profession in Argentina

"Feminism is always growing and diversifying, and feminists must come together and create areas of common interest and practice unique forms of activism that move away from hegemonic feminism"

Semi-quarantined: Living with the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong

"The park is half-empty, but we have decided to let our daughter enjoy a few hours of daily sunshine. We are determined not to let ourselves be overwhelmed by fear."

US tech companies should push to remove sanctions on Sudan

With a nearly 12 million-strong community of young internet users and innovators, Sudan presents a ready and dynamic market for U.S. tech companies—but first economic sanctions must be lifted.

The real reasons people are fleeing Honduras

Hondurans live in a narco-state whose leadership is supported by the United States and which suffers from widespread corruption, gender violence, gang control, land-grabs, and the effects of climate change.

What's in a ‘Japanese Adult Cream Pie'?

"Didn't McDonald's Japan understand how bad it sounds in English?" was a common reaction. "What were they thinking?"

Redemption Song: My journey to marijuana activism

"Ganja has been a source of inspiration, meditation and medication on my journey as a mixed-race, working-class Caribbean woman trying to make a way in this capitalist world."

The meaning of Tsai Ing-wen's 8.17 million votes in the Taiwan presidential elections

Some analysts have attributed Tsai Ing-wen's landslide victory in Taiwan's recent presidential to the Hong Kong protests and encroachment by Beijing. But that's only part of the story.

Scenes from Ma'shour: On the brutal suppression of protests in an Iranian city

"In the days after the horrific incident, the stench of charred corpses in the marshes remained so strong that it reached across the city."

Risk rooted in colonial era weighs on Bahamas’ efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Dorian

"The different ways in which Abaco and Grand Bahama were affected by the same event is an example of how disaster impacts are rooted in the historical development of society."

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."

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