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20 July 2018

“Because we're here. Because we exist”: Nofi ‘Black and Proud’ challenges representation in French media

"I want us to be unavoidable. So we can offer an answer to this question of representation." Global Voices interviews the founder of Nofi, the first French black media channel.

29 June 2018

Q'eswachaka, the last Inca bridge that keeps communities together

Every year in June, four Peruvian rural communities from Cusco get together to renew Q’eswachaka, the last Inca bridge.

28 June 2018

Simone Veil, the Immortal: A conversation with author Pascal Bresson on Veil's human rights legacy

"Beyond her image of rectitude and honesty, Simone Veil was, first and foremost, a woman who embodied her era and her struggle."

18 June 2018

Balkan right-wing populists continue attempts to rehabilitate the legacies of World War II Nazi collaborators

Revision of the history of World War II is an important element of extremist right-wing indoctrination in Europe and recent examples from Serbia and Croatia indicate complacency of ruling elites.

Guyana's LGBT community hosts its first ever gay pride parade

"#Guyana is the only South American country where homosexuality is still illegal. It just held its first LGBT Pride parade. Let's hope decriminalisation is next..."

8 June 2018

The death of Afonso Dhlakama: Mozambique's legendary politician and ex-guerilla leaves a legacy

Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama was "a hero for some and a villain, maybe even the devil, for others. The reasons for considering him as one or the other are fair."

31 May 2018

Kazakhstan commemorates Stalin’s Terror

Government critics argue that Kazakhstan has never had a frank debate about the legacy or lessons of its totalitarian past.

24 May 2018

Eight decades later, prejudice between Jordanians and Palestinians persist

While the time living together surely dawns a sense of peace among the two peoples, complete harmony is still not present in certain aspects of life.

15 May 2018

Family-run movie theater in northeast Thailand survives decades of changes

"We have always been adapting to people’s changing tastes. That’s why we redesigned the theater three times. Our business is family-run and our employees are mostly relatives."

14 May 2018

Serbia remains silent on cultural heritage devastation by its populist regimes

Serbian art historian Živko Brković has been targeted by threats and suffered burglaries after he demanded accountability from the current Serbian regime in regards to mishandling state-owned artworks.

12 May 2018

A new era for Malaysia after voters end six-decade reign of ruling party

"Barisan Nasional is no longer our ruler. A few hours from now, the sun will begin to rise over the horizon. How poignant.. we'll see a new Malaysia greeting us."

7 May 2018

Tweeting out Japan's idiosyncratic folk customs

Fish heads, jumping frogs and conjugal foxes: one Twitter account takes a look at arcane folk traditions from every corner of Japan.

28 April 2018

Why pilgrims from India and Nepal throng to see an orchid that blooms in April

According to local legend and tradition, the Salahesh Fulbari garden in eastern Nepal is the place to be on the Nepali New Year's Day.

22 April 2018

China Central Television backs Russian version of the Syrian crisis, saying chemical attacks were staged

Russia claims the Syrian chemical attacks were staged; China's state media echoes that narrative, but not everyone is buying into it.

16 April 2018

School history assignment stirs up a storm in Jamaica over how slavery should be taught

"Now to the assignment at hand, would Hillel have asked on an assignment about World War 2 to come up with ways for Nazi Germany to annihilate the Jewish people?"

9 April 2018

How Nationalism Played a Role in Preserving Orthodox Christian Cultural Heritage During the Soviet Union Era

Some of the artistic legacies of Orthodox Christian religion were used to promote patriotic pride during the Soviet Union era.

3 April 2018

A Children's Costume Contest in Macedonia Sparks Outrage With ‘Portable Adolf’ Hitler Entry

"Everybody was appalled by the poor kid dressed as Hitler. Who, we all know, was racist...Even those who shouted..."For a clean Macedonia," which is exactly what Hitler was all about."

26 March 2018

Photos of Japanese Soldiers in the Trenches During the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905

The colorized stereographs provide a fascinating glimpse into a war that in many ways was a precursor to the events of the 20th century.

21 March 2018

Hitting a Low Point in the Low Countries

The Bridge

"But I’ve also become Dutch in more insidious ways."

On World Poetry Day, Some Verses Straight From Persia's Heart

The Bridge

"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."

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