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24 August 2016

Ahmad Abughaush, Jordanian Gold Medalist, and the Erasure of Palestinian Identity

The Bridge

To those who know the history of Palestine, Ahmad Abughaush's surname speaks volumes. Yet this information was absent from news reports on his gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics.

17 August 2016

Some Japanese Find the ‘Dangerous’ Giant Hornet Cute, Inspiring—Even Delicious.

If it's August, it means you have to watch out for giant hornets in Japan. Beware!

12 August 2016

‘Limited Bandwidth': Where Is the Reporting on Kashmir?

The Bridge

"For partisan commenters on both sides, compromise seems impossible. Kashmir is like Solomon’s Baby, except both of its prospective mothers are happy to cut it in half."

10 August 2016

The New Orientalism: Iran as a Political Commodity

The Bridge

The fact that Iran remains for westerners an exotic and mysterious land whose "complex history" requires "untangling" by experts, puts serious limits on the possibilities for genuine engagement.

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

The Bridge

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

7 August 2016

How the Zika Narrative About Puerto Rico Explains US Colonialism

The Bridge

Puerto Ricans work, love, live and struggle daily to resist not only the Zika virus, but something much more devastating: more than a century of colonialism and its many consequences.

4 August 2016

Feminism Is a Difficult Battle for Black Caribbean Women

Standing up for women's rights is tough enough without being poor, black, or marginalised. One blog will speak out for Caribbean women at the upcoming Black Feminisms Forum in Brazil.

31 July 2016

Japanese on the Move: Life Stories of Transmigration

What is it like to call two countries home? What makes migrants move in the first place and how do they settle in a new society? Where do they belong?

27 July 2016

How Economic Hardship Pushed a Tiny Town in Macedonia Into Becoming Pro-Trump

The news that the owners of a number of pro-Trump websites are Macedonians from the little town of Veles came as a surprise to many.

26 July 2016

This Classic Ukrainian Cartoon Can Help Parents Talk About Human Trafficking

Thanks to YouTube, almost half a century after it was first created, the Ukrainian cartoon series "How the Cossacks.." is making a global comeback.

20 July 2016

A Golden Age for Cow Urine in India

"We boycott the cow slaughter industry for a year. The saved $ purchases cows. We separate the gold from the cow urine. Hapi economics."

15 July 2016

After the Nice Attack, a Chance for Us to Respect the Pain Everywhere, Together

The Bridge

"Please, today, let us just stay in the now. Let us respect grieving families and friends and in so doing, let us also pay tribute to the other tragedies before."

14 July 2016

The Fascinating World of Cold War-Era Hungarian Cartoons

Learn about some of the animated cartoons to come out of Hungary, from the darkly satirical "Gustav" to the family-friendly "Hungarian Folk Tales."

12 July 2016

Can Fact-Checking Save Democracy—and Journalism as We Know It?

The Bridge

In the age of copy-paste disinformation, the need for formal fact-checking is more critical than ever.

8 July 2016

If I Had a Gun

The Bridge

"When I think about the times I've been attacked or threatened or I've seen violence, I can't think of one instance when a gun would have improved the outcome."

4 July 2016

Nurse, Restaurant Owner and Motorbike Taxi Driver: Fatoumata Diaby Is a Symbol of Mali's Resilience

An interview with Fatoumata Diaby, who is breaking gender stereotypes and inspiring others with her entrepreneurial spirit.

3 July 2016

Defying Police Harassment, the Macedonian Colorful Revolutionaries Continue to Chant “Freedom”

Detainments, "spectacular arrests" and other forms of intimidation are being used against Colorful Revolution protesters, who refuse to back down in the face of harassment and abuse of power.

1 July 2016

Technology, Engineering and Incredible Discoveries Mark the Panama Canal Expansion

"The Panama Canal I visited is now a tiny little canal compared to what's being inaugurated today."

29 June 2016

The Uncertain Future of the Syrian Revolution

The Bridge

With its many factions dispersed, the Syrian Revolution is now staggering between an internationally-planned political solution and the long, lost dream of military triumph.

27 June 2016

Macedonian Youth Speak Out About Freedom of Expression Through Mini-Videos

"The important thing for the youth to understand is that you do not let them mute you, no matter what."

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