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23 May 2016

What Is Latin American Social Media Laughing at? One Critic Offers a Clue

"Having a good sense of humor is self-criticism, and these 'telepresidents,' which is what I call politicians who are obsessed with the screen, don’t accept any type of criticism."

27 April 2016

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.

20 April 2016

In Australia, Learning the Gumbaynggir Language Three Minutes at a Time

Rising Voices

Tune in to an Australian radio show to learn phrases in Gumbaynggirr language. If you happen to miss that episode, head over to their blog to read what you missed.

11 April 2016

Japanese Social Media Goes Gaga Over Anime-Style English Textbook

"After her middle school entrance ceremony today, my daughter came home with her new English textbook. Ellen Sensei is totally cute!"

1 April 2016

Two-Day Workshop Strengthens Ties Between Indigenous Language Digital Activists in Peru

Rising Voices

Peruvian digital activists working to promote their native languages online found common ground at a workshop held in the historical city of Cusco, Peru.

15 March 2016

I Found My Voice in Spanish, a Language Once Used to Subjugate My Ancestors

In part two of her post, Shirley Campbell examines how Spanish is a language at once discriminatory and liberating.

5 March 2016

Poet and Activist Hanitr’Ony Discusses the Malagasy Language and Culture in a Changing World

An informal chat with the poet Hanitr'Ony on the Malagasy language and culture.

26 February 2016

Why It's Essential To Grow Indian-Language Wikipedias

The Bridge

With over 196 Indian languages on the verge of extinction, Wikipedia in Indian languages could potentially preserve and revive many languages.

25 February 2016

Why Are People Calling John Kerry a “Thug” Online?

As the Geneva 3 Conference kicked off on January 29, tens of thousands of tweets used the hashtag #KerryTheThug to condemn US Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on Syria.

19 February 2016

Kyrgyz Language Is Part of Google Translate!

The world's most popular multilingual statistical machine translation service has a new addition: the Kyrgyz language.

12 February 2016

Living the Spanish Language as the Descendant of Afro-Caribbean Migrants in Costa Rica

Shirley Campbell's parents decided not to speak to her and her siblings in English, perhaps as an attempt to give them one less reason to be different.

1 February 2016

An Interactive Digital Archive Helps Preserve Traditional Australian Aboriginal Literature

Rising Voices

The archive features versions of old-time children’s stories, pre- and post-contact histories, books about the environment and hunting, ghost stories, creation stories, and cautionary tales from Australia's Northern Territory.

28 January 2016

Rising Voices Welcomes Five New Indigenous Language Digital Activism Grantees

Rising Voices

Rising Voices congratulates the five winners from Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua that will receive microgrants and mentoring for their indigenous language digital activism projects.

26 January 2016

Mexico’s Supreme Court Hands Indigenous Peoples Landmark Victory in Media Representation

The highest court in Mexico declares Article 230 of the Federal Telecommunications and Broadcasting Law to be unconstitutional for discriminating against indigenous languages.

15 January 2016

Angkety Map Highlights Digital Resources for Australia's Indigenous Language Revitalization

Rising Voices

Angkety map is a new report highlighting digital resources available to Australia's indigenous communities interested in using technology for language preservation and revitalization.

14 January 2016

2015, a Year of Learning for Our Volunteer Translator Community

The Global Voices in Spanish volunteer translator community published 2,384 translations in 2015. In this article, some members of the community share what translating means to them.

30 December 2015

In Spanish, Inclusive Language Can Be at Odds With Grammar Rules

"Being contained and invisible within masculine nouns forces women to ask themselves the same question thousands of times throughout their lives: 'Are they speaking about me?'"

32 Stories That Capture the Happiness, Heartache and Resilience of 2015

Global Voices’ community-driven newsroom worked hard this year to build understanding across borders. Take a look back at some of the people and places we learned about in 2015.

23 December 2015

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

GV Face

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.

21 December 2015

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...