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Armenia and Azerbaijan pledge progress as leaders meet in Sochi

Commenting on the meeting, Russian president Vladimir Putin said the leaders reached agreements on some of the key issues and that the meeting was overall positive.

A century of Etel Adnan: a mountain who leaves behind mountains

With colourful palettes, careful strokes and moving poetry, mountains were sensual beings in Adnan's artwork, regarded in confluence with the skies and earth, erupting in volcanoes.

Making Turkish music in Hungary: Can this be a ‘Nasip Kısmet’ moment?

How fortunate is it to be able to play Turkish folk songs in Hungary, despite the anti-immigrant, Christian-values agenda of the prime minister, Victor Orbán.

Jamaica officially recognises the life and legacy of iconic wartime nurse, Mary Seacole

"[Especially during the] COVID-19 outbreak, when healthcare professionals have been similarly challenged by a pandemic, it is an appropriate time to mark her birth, life, legacy and example.”

Cambodian rapper vows to continue writing critical songs after a year in jail for incitement

"I will not stop writing and singing my songs about my country. I will continue to educate the people through my songs and keep the patriotic spirit going."

Myanmar rappers express rage and resistance against the military regime

"Myanmar hip hop will never be silenced. We come together, not because we are the same but because we are united as one."

‘Bitcoin City’ in El Salvador seen through local memes

Most memes highlight the stark contrast between the government's over-the-top efforts to attract foreign investors and its limited investment in lowering crime rates.

Could Jamaica's ‘wickedest city’ become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Jamaica hopes to get World Heritage status for Port Royal, one of only three sunken sites in the world and the only one in the Western hemisphere.

The ignored, unwanted, and unforgiven

On November 8, the Victory Day celebration, new annual holiday that commemorates Azerbaijan’s victory in the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, a crowd in downtown Baku was filmed cheering as they burned Armenian...

Ukraine marks anniversary of Euromaidan protest on Day of Dignity and Freedom

Global Voices covered the Revolution of Dignity extensively in 2013 and 2014, featuring the multitude of citizen voices as captured by our volunteer authors.

Political dynasties and billionaires hijack ‘democratic’ party-list system in the Philippines

"The most urgent need of the hour is for legislation to be passed to revise the party-list act and install permanent safeguards to prevent abuses and misuses of the system."

When athletes get political: Support for the Uyghurs ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics

NBA player Enes Kanter called for fellow Muslim athletes to join him in condemning the atrocities that the Uyghurs have been suffering at the hand of the Chinese government.

‘Strollout’: Australia’s word of 2021 alludes to the slow vaccine rollout and delayed climate action

Cartoonist Veteran Peter Broelman joked, "‘The government is a bunch of heartless climate-denying rorting crooks who only look after themselves’ was too long to fit on a page."

Activists strive to preserve urban heritage in the old part of Kazakhstan's capital

Having undergone several renaming and transformation processes, Nur-Sultan has a unique and mixed identity, which in turn reflects Kazakhstan's. Architect Temirtas Iskakov explored the nuances in an interview.

Take a hike! Some of the Caribbean's most scenic trails in photos

Many Caribbean people are avid hikers—these photos will show you why.

Democratization in South Korea and the legacy of the Gwangju Uprising

"Youth participation and engagement in politics are promising. ... I see that the South Korean political system is gradually developing and the general public are embracing institutionalized democratic practices."

Japan named ‘Fossil of the Day’ for ‘clean coal’ plans

Efforts by Japan to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade appear to be marginal at best.

Champani youth in Cambodia find creative ways to promote their culture amid the pandemic

"During COVID pandemic and lockdown, I am able to keep myself going sane with online language classes and Cham is one of them."

A literary landscape in flux: Fiston Mwanza Mujila's take on Congolese and diasporic literature

According to Congolese-Austrian author Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Francophone African authors face a number of challenges, the first being the nature of the French literary scene.

A dive into young people's discontent through the Hong Kong indie band, My Little Airport

A dive into the discography and lyrics of My Little Airport (MLA), a 17-year-old indie band in Hong Kong, offers a perspective into young people's discontent in the city.

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