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Global Voices’ top stories on the climate crisis, as the planet observes World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, a look at the Global Voices stories on climate change that have most captured our attention so far this year.

France, Turkey, Poland: The reality of the new COVID-19 spike crisis

“The figures serve to discount the Western implication that Indian democracy and civil society have failed in the last analysis to match the achievements of the richer nations.”

Women in Science: Theologian Regina Polak on interfaith conflicts and womanhood

'Interreligious dialogue cannot the solve social, political and economic causes underlying hostilities towards Muslims. But it can, most importantly, contribute religious ideas to a more peaceful and just coexistence.'

Protecting its people and preserving democracy: Germany's pandemic predicament

Support for the government's response to the pandemic wavered by December 2020, as many Germans began to feel "mask-tired" and frustrated by a problematic vaccine rollout campaign.

Critically acclaimed Bosnian film stirs up the barely buried ghosts of Srebrenica

Quo Vadis Aida? shows what genocide looks like by focusing on the fate of the victims, on family members being separated, knowing they will never see one another again.

Women in Science: Neuroscientist Caroline Geisler on ‘standing out from the crowd’

As part of continuous coverage of women in science, Global Voices spoke to Caroline Geisler, PhD, an independent research associate in the neurobiology department at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. 

LIVE on May 20: What Eurovision tells us about Europe

What does the Eurovision Song Contest say about the politics, self-image and values of Europe? Join us on May 20 to find out. Featuring interviews with two of this year's...

Why the proposed European Super League collapsed before kick-off

The proposed tournament with Europe's top clubs received intense backlash from fans, sponsors, and football authorities.

Alternative Indian movies: Is Netflix at last embracing cultural diversity?

Netflix, which has become the entertainment go-to for millions during the pandemic's prolonged lockdowns, is exploring new Indian productions that stray away from the typical plotlines and visuals.

The Canary Islands face tensions over migrants’ arrival

Since January 2020, more than 23,000 migrants have arrived on the Canary Islands.

Serbian anti-vaxxers revive the medieval ‘Danse Macabre,’ while pandemic deaths rise

Dance of Death: A round dance in central Belgrade around a new monument of medieval king Stefan Nemanja was part of a chain of anti-lockdown protests across Europe.

Meet Beatriz Gomes Dias, the teacher who could become the first black woman to govern Lisbon

Beatriz Gomes Dias, currently a member of parliament, was chosen to head the list of the Left Bloc in the local elections in Lisbon, scheduled for late this year.

Women of colour endure discrimination in Austria's gynecological care

"I can’t even start describing the number of women, mainly women with a migration background, who have received the wrong information regarding their fertility"

Income, age and obesity: South Asia's advantages in the COVID-19 pandemic

Poverty, lack of public medical facilities, lower levels of adult literacy, and less medical expertise would, it was assumed, work strongly against the ability of South Asia to weather the...

Nearly five decades after Franco’s death, the far right might make a comeback in Madrid

"Vox is a melting pot combining nostalgia for Spain’s imaginary past glory, rejection of feminism and so-called woke culture, Euroscepticism, a negative attitude towards migration, and love for bullfighting."

COVID-19: Spanish town hopes to overcome the economic crisis with its own virtual currency

The "elio" was launched at the end of 2020 and more than 600 families have already used the app.

What International Women's Day looked like around the world in 2021

"Although COVID-19 dampened participation in many countries, women still raised their voices on the streets on different continents, especially as the pandemic has worsened inequalities faced by women."

Who can become a parent in France?

Many single women and LGBTQI+ people are forced to go abroad until the country decides to open assisted reproduction technologies (ART) to them.

Greece #metoo: Rape accusations against prominent actor and National Theater director finally lead to arrest

Amidst a #metoo whirlwind in Greece, prominent Greek actor and director Dimitris Lignadis is finally arrested on rape charges.

English soccer authorities suspend foreign star for a ‘racist’ remark, but it was nothing of the kind

‘Applied without regard for social, cultural and linguistic context, antiracism efforts risk becoming a caricature of themselves, driving a wedge between people of different cultures rather than bringing them together...

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