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1 February 2016

Lampedusa's ‘Lioness’ Giusi Nicolini Wins the 2016 Simone de Beauvoir Award

The 2016 “Simone de Beauvoir Prize" has been awarded to Giusi Nicolini, mayor of Lampedusa and Linosa. She has been called "lioness" “for her brave actions in favour of refugees”

27 December 2015

After Her Son's Murder, a French-Moroccan Mother Teaches Young People the Importance of Unity

Latifa Ibn Ziaten talks to French students about her son's murderer. And why they shouldn't follow in his path.

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.

16 December 2015

The Complexities of Adapting to Climate Change in Benin

Poverty, practicalities and lack of awareness can complicate efforts to do so, experts at a conference on development and climate change in Benin concluded.

15 December 2015

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

The Bridge

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

2 December 2015

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"

24 November 2015

Following Hostage Crisis, Mali Celebrates Its Heroes and Gets Back to Work

Grateful for its heroes, Mali has already resumed its ordinary economic activities, ignoring the risk of more attacks and the national state of emergency (which is still in force).

23 November 2015

Molenbeek, the Complex Reality of a Community Vilified by the Media

In the heart of the Belgian capital lies Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, a low-income community with a connection to those suspected of carrying out the attacks on Paris and other acts of violence.

21 November 2015

On Covering the Paris Attacks, and Other Thoughts on Journalism

The Bridge

"Landing in Paris a day after the attacks with 24 hours to tell a story. Go where? Talk to whom?" An Iranian journalist reflects on his craft and its context.

17 November 2015

GV Face: On Beirut and Paris, Why Some Tragedies Grab the World's Attention and Others Don't

GV Face

In this episode, we talk about race, the politics of death and the unequal reactions to tragedies around the world.

16 November 2015

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How Popular Perceptions of Climate Change Have Changed Since the Copenhagen Talks

Ahead of the climate change talks in Paris, a look at how the situation surrounding climate change has evolved since the last important negotiations in Copenhagen in 2009.

15 November 2015

After the Paris Attacks: For It to Be Unity, It Can't Be Partial

The Bridge

"Scrolling up and down Facebook, reading impressions, testimonials, opinions, statistics, I see that the main victims of the attacks are people of all colours, and over 15 nationalities."

14 November 2015

The Best of Paris Shines Through During Its Worst of Times

"In times of adversity, the true character of a community shows through. To those offering #PorteOuverte, you make me proud to be a human."

As UN Climate Talks Approach, a Look at What's Changed Since Copenhagen

Is the world better suited for a climate change agreement than it was in 2009, when the last important negotiations took place?

The Streets of Paris Are as Familiar to Me as the Streets of Beirut

The Bridge

"We do not get a "safe" button on Facebook. We do not get late night statements from the most powerful men and women alive and millions of online users..."

13 November 2015

On French TV, Iran's President Plays Down Women's Facebook Protest Against Hijab

"...the law that made hijab mandatory in Iran is in part due to your own writings. You are responsible and now that you are in power you must be accountable."

8 November 2015

Music Was the Path to Financial Independence for This Indian Woman

Tritha Sinah fronts the band Tritha Electric. Growing up in Kolkata she says music was her way to financial independence and liberation.

19 October 2015

French Citizens Are Raising Their Voices for More Respect, Less Hate in Politics

"There is no longer anything to expect from those who govern us." Citizen movements want to take the lead in changing politics in France.

1 October 2015

Facing Sweeping Surveillance Bill, French Public Falls Between Alarm and Indifference

Global Voices Advocacy

Civil liberties defenders say a pending bill could catapult France into a new position of power in the field of international Internet surveillance.

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