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30 May 2016

Giant David Bowie Mural Unveiled in Sarajevo

The mural recognises Bowie's participation in humanitarian efforts during the siege in the Balkan city in the 1990s.

28 May 2016

How Beauty Trends Have Changed in Japan Over the Past 100 Years

From long hair to short, from heavy make-up to more subtle, beauty conventions in Japan have undergone a fascinating transformation over the past century.

23 May 2016

Global Voices Interviews Activists From ‘Defense of Democracy’ Committee Who Say Poland Is in Peril

The Committee for the Defense of Democracy accuses the Polish government of destroying the country's democratic foundations. So what now? Global Voices talks to three of the movement's figures.

The Arkana Alliance: An Organization that Builds Bridges with the Shipibo Communities of Ucayali in Peru

Rising Voices

Meet the Arkana Alliance, an organization that is working in the Peruvian Amazon to empower the Shipibo people and help them preserve their environment.

20 May 2016

On Not Becoming a Buddhist

The Bridge

Did a visit to the Japanese Buddhist temple of Tada-ji and the statue of Yakushi Nyorai help save a sick infant? Is it even possible to know?

17 May 2016

The Luhansk Excursions: Dashcams and Nostalgia in Eastern Ukraine

The Bridge

Videos of the contested eastern Ukraine city of Luhansk filmed with dashboard cameras have become a way for displaced residents to reconnect with their home.

15 May 2016

Kyrgyzstan Embraces Google Street View

Now the local KGB don't even have to leave their office.

13 May 2016

Macedonia’s Government Is Subsidizing Bad Patriotic Rock Music and People Aren’t Happy

The selection of music involves categories such as "compositions that affirm the history of Macedonia" and "compositions that affirm family values and families with multiple children."

10 May 2016

Anti-Impunity Activists Say Skopje Marathon Scuffle Is Example of Government’s Violence

"There hasn't been a major incident, but it's obvious that the regime considers even the use of force as a potential weapon."

28 April 2016

Five Cameroonian Data Journalists Take Stock of Paul Biya's 33 Governments

A data journalism project sheds light on all 33 different governing bodies during the Paul Biya administration in Cameroon.

27 April 2016

Syria: What Forgiveness Doesn't Mean

The Bridge

'I wish the soul of the revolution was enough for me to be able to pardon them all, if only in the “court in my head”.

Eight Challenges Indian-Language Wikipedias Need to Overcome

The Bridge

While native-language Wikipedias are becoming game-changers in other parts of the world, India, in spite of having numerous languages, lags way behind. Here are a few of the reasons why.

Here's a Map That Shows You What the Japanese Really Think of Europe

According to Japanese stereotypes, which country in Europe has the most luxurious prisons? And which country in Europe is full of stupid people? And why can't Latvians eat potatoes?

26 April 2016

French Activists Say If You Are Harassed or You See Harassment on the Street, Speak Up

One 2014 study revealed that 85% of women in Paris "have little faith" that anyone would come to their aide if they were assaulted on the metro.

Ecuadorians Come Together Online to Help Those Affected by the Earthquake

"Citizens have taken charge of all the organizing and the collaboration, there was no need for Rafael Correa in this country."

24 April 2016

Macedonian Crisis Deepens as Protests Increase in Number and Intensity

Protests are piling up in Macedonia, and a government that had enjoyed the fruits of impunity for so long is reaping what it sowed.

These White Butterflies from Nepal are Spreading a Message of Hope and Social Change Throughout the World

Usually flight attendants say, "Thank you for flying with us." Whenever I meet them I say, "Thank You for flying with me!"

16 April 2016

Bloggers Shine a Light on Latin America’s Unreported, Underappreciated Scientific Innovations

How much does the news media cover scientific advances in Latin America? The bloggers at the online project Ciencia latina ("Latin Science") say it's not enough.

13 April 2016

Pope Francis Announces: World's Best Teacher Is a Palestinian

“If children who suffer from violence are not given the assistance and support they need, they will be lost," says the World's Best Teacher Palestinian Hanan Al Hroub.

12 April 2016

Colorful Rickshaw Paintings Protest Violence Against Women in Bangladesh

"We hope that words will thus roam around places and find their ways into people’s thought, leading us to a better tomorrow."

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