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· December, 2015

Stories about Ideas from December, 2015

Finding the Cultural Bridges of the Middle East in Literary Istanbul

Conversations with literary masters in Istanbul lead Arash Azizi to ponder the cultural disconnect, especially in terms of literature, between the countries of the Middle East.

From Hallacas to Horchata, the Tastes of Latin America's Holiday Season

“Vitello tonnato” in Argentina, Russian salad in Venezuela and turkey in Peru. Explore the sweet and savory of the festive season in Latin America, as told by Global Voices contributors.

This Year on GV Face We Took You to Gaza, Budapest, Beirut, Paris and Beyond

This has been a fascinating year on GV Face, our Hangout series where we try to understand the world through discussions with our on-ground experts -- Global Voices community members.

The Syrian Conflict Won't Steal My Christmas

In a country in the throes of war, celebrating Christmas can be an act of both profound naïvete and staunch resistance.

Meet the People Who Want to Repeal Russia's Draconian Laws

A group of Russian intellectuals has created a public council to determine which Russian laws limit human rights and freedoms, and to recommend that such laws be repealed.

One Kanji Character Captures a Year of Uncertainty in Japan

The character 安 has been named the official kanji of 2015. The character is supposed to represent 'peace', but not always...

Mexican Christmas Food Combines Basque Flavors with Nahuatl Tradition

"Most important are banana peppers soaked in vinegar, to give character and more flavour to the Biscayne sauce."

Mapping for Niger, as Told by One of the Project's Volunteers

The project faces limited logistical, financial, and human resources as well as a general ignorance of Open Data, making each activity realized a feat of volunteer passion and activism.

Is the World Forum for Democracy a Space of Genuine Dialogue?

At this year's World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, tolerance for debate and differences of opinion left something to be desired.

Meet the Man Chronicling Macedonia's Twitter Community

He has interviewed about two-hundred and fifty Macedonian Twitter users.

First Sustainable Crowdfunding Platform Launches in Ecuador

The United Nations Development Program has launched the Small Grants Program, the first crowdsourcing platform in Ecuador.

Is There Really Such Thing as ‘European Values'?

"The challenges provoked by this influx of people who search for peace and happiness in Europe cannot be solved solely with financial resources."

To Solve Gun Violence, Americans Need to Aim Higher

"I’m angry over the shootings in so many other places, no matter what twisted, dehumanizing vision motivates them. But I also want to be true to myself and my values."

GV Face: How Do You Feel About The Term “Terrorism”?

Names and labels are something we take very seriously at Global Voices.

Hope for a Unified France Shines Through the Hate and Fear

"One for all and all for humanity, we are and will forever be united"

A Day for Mate, A South American Culinary Infusion

Argentinians consume up to 100 liters of mate per year, however, there was a time when this popular South American infusion was banned.

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