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17 November 2017

Mezcal: The Rebirth of a Traditional Mexican Drink

After having been considered an underappreciated drink, mezcal is finally found in the most chic bars on the planet and bartenders are giving it the recognition it deserves.

11 November 2017

Toxic Smog in New Delhi Leaves Residents Coughing and Demanding Action

“I have been coughing for over a month, and it is only [recently] I realized that it’s because of the pollution. But no one is doing anything about it.”

10 November 2017

Amid the Vast Universe of the ‘Valerian’ Movie, Ukraine Gets a Special Shout-Out

The opening scenes of the film include a Ukrainian cosmonaut crew lead by a woman with the country's flag on her sleeve.

Maung Maung Has Spent a Lifetime Collecting Gramophone Records in Myanmar

The retired police officer, teacher, and lawyer has amassed a collection of more than 100,000 gramophone records over six decades.

2 November 2017

Fire Balloon Competition in Myanmar's Taunggyi Celebrates ‘Festival of Lights’

Take a look at photos of the spectacular -- and sometimes dangerous -- tradition.

23 October 2017

Thai Historian Could Face 15 Years in Prison for ‘Insulting’ a 16th-Century King

"The military regime just wants to persecute me. They can do anything. So I achieve equanimity. I’m detached. In fact I pity them. I pity those who have power."

Documentary: Lost in the Ruins of Georgia's Soviet-Era Tea Industry

"There was not a single unemployed person in Laituri. Everyone was employed at either the plantation or the factory."

15 October 2017

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

13 October 2017

‘They Tried to Give Us One Day Back’ — Trinidad & Tobago Marks a ‘One-Off’ First Peoples Day

"How do you know you are indigenous? [...] It does not matter what we are called, we know who we are. It is you who do not recognise me."

5 October 2017

Is Free Speech an ‘Empty Promise’ in Singapore? Activists Bristle After Police Detain Performance Artist

Global Voices Advocacy

Under Singapore’s strict Public Order Act, a single person can be held liable for participating in an illegal assembly.

4 October 2017

Tens of Thousands in the Philippines Rally Against President Duterte's Deadly ‘Triple Wars’

Despite efforts of the Philippine government to sabotage the event, organizers estimated around 30,000 people braved the rains to join the rally against human rights abuses.

2 October 2017

Peru’s Inti Currency Is Just One Reminder of When Peruvian Economy Went Crazy

"Alan, do you remember this banknote? Indeed, 5 "million" intis. Today they could get you a modest breakfast with six pieces of bread, butter and jam!"

30 September 2017

Africans in Solidarity Online With Rohingya People Over Their Persecution in Myanmar (Burma)

"Silence is consent. Our silence is troubling. We need to speak out about this, we need to get angry, we need to help them."

26 September 2017

‘Immigrants, We Get The Job Done’ Music Video Spotlights Injustice in the US and Beyond

The song and video depicts an ignored working class, living in the shadows often victims of war crimes, police brutality, labor exploitation, anti-immigrant violence and senseless death.

Despite Censorship, a Former Chinese Soldier Brags of His War Crimes Online

Global Voices Advocacy

On WeChat, Zhang boasted of killing a woman and raping her teenage daughter in the Sino-Vietnamese War.

21 September 2017

Human Rights Group Prevented by Police and Anti-Communist Mob From Commemorating 1965 Massacre in Indonesia

"The complete inaction of the police to stop this violence, contributes to the erosion of democracy and violations of the rights to freedom of expression and assembly in Indonesia."

The Perils of Military Engagement Against North Korea

The Bridge

"Any country that considers an attack on North Korea must confront the question of who turned the DPRK into such a defiant rogue nation."

18 September 2017

The Conflict in Eastern Ethiopia, Explained

The latest conflict in Ethiopia killed at least dozens of people and displaced thousands. The cause of the violence again was scarce water and land resources.

14 September 2017

The 17th-Century Peruvian Saint With a 21st-Century Social Media Presence

"We have more than 100,000 likes and 100,000 followers on Facebook! Let's keep sharing!"

9 September 2017

Irma: A Meditation on Hurricanes and the Bahamas

The Bridge

"I do not believe that Bahamians should fear hurricanes the way we do...I believe we should look hard at ourselves and work out why we handle major storms so well."

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