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21 March 2018

On World Poetry Day, Some Verses From Persia's Heart

The Bridge

"The sadness in my heart, like a mountain/The heart under your chest, like a stone."

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.

Anti-Islam TV Spot in the Netherlands Has Dutch Calling for More Love, Less Hate

"Everyday we need to tell each other that their hatred will be defeated by the intrinsic need for peace; to live together; not to hate each other; but to love."

Trinidad and Tobago’s First Female President Claims Her Role as ‘Humble First Servant’

"It finally feels like the narrow vision of the past has broadened to include people on their merits, yet what a heavy burden of expectations the first one [...] carries."

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."

18 March 2018

Despite Resignation of Slovakian Prime Minister, Thousands of Protesters Continue to Demand Justice for Murdered Journalist

An estimated 65,000 protesters demanding early elections gathered in the capital city of Bratislava while thousands more rallied in the streets of other cities.

When Indigenous Girls are Raped and Assaulted in Bangladesh, a Queen Rises Up in Solidarity

From 2013 to 2017, violence was committed against 364 indigenous women and girls. In January 2018, 10 women and girls were raped and three of them were killed after rape.

17 March 2018

What Japan's 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots Say About Attitudes Toward Disability

The Bridge

On a careful reading of its character description you will notice that unlike its Olympic counterpart, the Paralympic mascot is not explicitly described as “athletic”.

16 March 2018

Women Reporters Accuse a Prominent Russian Lawmaker of Sexual Harassment, but His Colleagues Stand by Him

RuNet Echo

At least three Russian women reporters have accused Leonid Slutsky, a populist parliament member, of sexual harassment. Most of his politician colleagues, even women, are rallying behind him.

How a Viral Eye Roll Broke the Silence on China's Heavily Censored Web


"The rolling eyes are like a bolt of lightening that destroys tens of thousands expressions of praise and outshines speeches made by hundreds of thousands of brain-dead people."

Why Did Women Journalists Strike in Spain?

" only took a few women initiating the movement for all of us to dive in headfirst, because the inequalities we face are the same."

Iranian Detainees Face Privacy Violations, Public Smear Campaigns


Two cases in Iran highlight new signs of violations of due process and in how personal electronic devices are seized and the right to privacy is violated.

Netizen Report: Internet Censorship Bill Looms Large Over Egypt


The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

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."

15 March 2018

City Councillor and Leading Rights Activist Shot Dead in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

Marielle Franco was the fifth most voted councilor for Rio's City Chamber. She was murdered after denouncing police violence in favelas. The crime is being investigated as an execution.

Ugandans Call for the Resignation of Parliamentarian Who Made Pro-Domestic Violence Comments

“As a man, you need to discipline your wife," said parliamentarian Onesimus Twinamasiko during a TV interview.

14 March 2018

Is Censorship Coming Back to Tunisia? Court Order Bans ‘Blue Whale’ Online Game


The implications of this decision, if upheld on appeal, would set a new precedent for internet censorship in Tunisia.

‘Aesthetics Japan’ Tweets the Beauty of Japan, From Neon Lights to Misty Mountaintops

“It was traditional Edo architecture and nature that attracted me to it. Then as I grew older, the neon lights of Tokyo made me love it all over again.”

13 March 2018

From Graffiti to Politics, Anti-Semitic and Neo-Nazi Speech Is Becoming More Visible in Eastern Europe

Activists in the region have been sounding the alarm about increasingly emboldened hate speech against Jewish people and apology for perpetrators of the Holocaust.

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