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21 March 2018

Encounters with Caribbean Genius: Derek Walcott, Wilson Harris, Aubrey Williams

The Bridge

"So much to praise and cherish forever as long as forever ever lasts." A celebrated Caribbean writer on three of his contemporaries.

20 March 2018

Homages to Stephen Hawking in Latin America's Media Show How Mourning for the Scientist Transcends Borders

"Everybody knew about Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few understood it. Not even first-class astronomers."

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of March 12-18, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from the majority of the world's countries. Number 99 on the list? Ghana. And number 20? Madagascar.

19 March 2018

A Respected Ceramicist and a Skilled Novelist: Jamaica Loses Two Much-Loved Creatives in Two Days

"Jamaica, we mourn the passing of sculptor Gene Pearson and writer Garfield Ellis. But we will celebrate them always."

16 March 2018

Guyanese Literary Giant Sir Wilson Harris Leaves Behind a ‘Literacy of the Imagination’

"The indigenous people of the Caribbean, the landscape [...] and native myth were [...] given new meaning because of him. He changed the way Caribbean literature is written and read."

13 March 2018

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of March 5-11, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 208 countries. Number 159 on the list? Guyana. And number 15? Kazakhstan.

International Women's Day in Latin America Was a Day of Protest, Debate and Resistance

Social divisions based on class and race were also part of the many discussions and debates taking place within the movements commemorating March 8th in the region.

Societal Attitudes Are the Primary Threat Against Sexual and Gender Minorities in Ecuador

“We are about to celebrate 20 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality, but we must decriminalize homosexuality in people’s minds and hearts..."

12 March 2018

Citizenship, Surveillance and Taxes: A Dystopian Tale

The Bridge

Like the increasing number of people who cross borders for employment, love or safety, you settle someplace else. But your country of origin casts a long shadow...

10 March 2018

A Trailblazing Filmmaker Wants to Make Sure Native Stories Have Their Place in the US Narrative

"Our thing is 'Natives in charge of their narrative.' That's going to be our narrative for quite some time, moving forward, until something changes in this industry."

9 March 2018

Pastor's Reduced Sentence for ‘Sex With Minors’ Casts Cloud Over International Women's Day in Jamaica

"Disgraced Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke got a slap on the wrist...He egregiously breached the trust and confidence of the people who look to him as a man of the clergy..."

8 March 2018

As Women March in Argentina, the Country Debates Legalizing Abortion

"The debate isn't abortion versus no abortion; it's legal abortion versus underground abortion. Everything else is a matter of personal opinions and decisions, all respectable, none disputable."

7 March 2018

WordFrames: Are ‘Teens’ Getting a Bad Rap?


What do you think when you hear the word "teen"? In this post, we explore English-language media conversations around teens, adolescents, and youth.

Ecuador's Judicial System Leaves Crimes of Torture Against the LGBTQ Community Unpunished

The legal context that seeks justice for "de-homosexualization clinics" is insufficient in combating the impunity that protects those responsible for facilitating the existence of these centers of forced confinement.

Ulises Padrón: “In [Cuban] Society, LGBTQI People and Groups are Becoming More Visible”

"...[A]lthough the country important set of rights (health, education, culture, employment), there are others that fall to the wayside in the current national and regional situation."

6 March 2018

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of February 26-March 4, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 204 countries. Number 129 on the list? Martinique. And number 13? Taiwan.

3 March 2018

María Roa Borja: A Voice in the Fight for Labor, Ethnic and Gender Rights in Colombia

"In the past, the topics related to the domestic employees were those of character, race [and] cooking abilities [...] Today, the main issue is our labor rights."

2 March 2018

How Movies and TV are Helping Venezuelans Negotiate Their Country's Collapse

The Bridge

Amid food shortages and rising crime, Venezuelans seek meaning in "The Hunger Games" and "The Walking Dead".

A Suicide Mentality, on the Precipice of War in Northeast Asia

The Bridge

"As North Korean defectors have reported, there's a possibility that Kim Jong Un’s forces might employ kamikaze tactics if they see that their country cannot withstand attacks by the US."

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