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Filip Noubel

As the managing editor for Global Voices, I explore new ways, formats and technologies to tell stories in order to make sure we can link them to our multiple audiences. I first started in GV in 2015 as a writer and translator.
Today I describe myself as a cultural nomad, language addict, literary translator and booktivist. I call all those places home, as I have reshaped my identities, and found love, friendship, inspiration, books, stories to share and my four cats in Athens, Beijing, Bishkek, Clogher Beach (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh), Istanbul, Kathmandu, New York, Odessa, Paris, Prague, San Francisco, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Tokyo, Vilnius.
I also work as an Editor at Large for Central Asia at Asymptote Journal and have run two cafés in Beijing and Prague.

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Latest posts by Filip Noubel

23 May 2020

Uyghur human rights advocate Dilnur Reyhan laments lack of Muslim solidarity

Hatred against the West has blinded ordinary Muslim citizens to the point of refusing to believe news brought by the Western media, even when it concerns concentration camps for Muslims

21 May 2020

Fighting and writing for Moldova's place in the pantheon of world literature

"Foreign publishers doubt the literati of this small and little known place. Can they really write something remarkable? Of course they can!" exclaims Moldovan novelist Iulian Ciocan.

20 May 2020

COVID-19-themed Global Voices story stars in Czech translation competition

GV Community BlogCOVID-19

Moderator Jan Faber spoke with GV about record-breaking participation in this year's edition, the future of translation and common errors that foreigners make when writing in Czech.

13 May 2020

Monumental differences: Prague, Moscow trade barbs over World War Two

"Did in fact all Czechs then realize what kind of Russians saved their city?"

17 March 2020

Czech Republic enters quarantine amid conflicting government directives

COVID-19

The Czech Republic has entered nationwide quarantine on March 16. But people are allowed to travel to work and shop for food outside.

As Uzbekistan thaws, the Uzbek language spreads its wings

A political thaw is underway in a nation eagerly going online — providing the perfect opportunity for the Uzbek language to thrive in new and unexpected ways.

13 March 2020

‘Being an activist is just a side-effect of being an artist': An interview with Chinese-Australian cartoonist Badiucao

Badiucao made headlines in 2019 when he revealed his identity in a documentary released on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Filip Noubel caught up with the artist in...

11 March 2020

Czech Republic introduces drastic measures to deter spread of COVID-19

COVID-19

All schools will be shut down for at least the next two weeks.

28 February 2020

A renaissance is underway for Mongolia's literature lovers

Mongolia's long and bitterly cold winters provide ample time for reading. Luckily, the country's publishing market is booming — popular histories and translated fiction are the most sought after.

26 February 2020

Literature as a gateway for exploring Indian-Nepali hybridity: Interview with author Prajwal Parajuly

"The book being read by the very people it was about, in the very language the characters speak in? Heart-warming. The book has reached the most remote corners of Nepal."

25 February 2020

Can the anti-infiltration law successfully block pro-Beijing media in Taiwan?

Pro-Beijing media outlet announced it would leave the Taiwanese market in protest over the anti-infiltration law in Taiwan.

24 February 2020

Political beliefs divide generations and strain family ties in Taiwan

While the outcome of the Taiwan 2020 presidential election is settled, generational conflicts continue.

21 February 2020

Can a beloved Tashkent theatre resist the wrecking ball?

The famed Ilkhom Theatre may have survived decades of censorship and economic upheaval, but now it faces another foe: massive urban redevelopment in the Uzbek capital.

18 February 2020

Life on the margins: The Lyuli people of Uzbekistan

Aleksandr Barkovsky, a photographer who has worked with the community, says that ordinary Uzbeks still know little to nothing about their Lyuli neighbours.

17 February 2020

Groundbreaking film on Russia's HIV epidemic goes viral

RuNet Echo

Nearly one percent of Russia's population is HIV positive, but the authorities have remained silent about the epidemic. It looks like Yury Dud's latest YouTube documentary has broken that silence.

15 February 2020

Coronavirus-related xenophobia spreads to Central and Eastern Europe

COVID-19

Incidents of hostility towards Asian people reported in North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Belarus and ...social networks across the region

14 February 2020

Is the coronavirus epidemic China's ‘Chernobyl moment'?

COVID-19

"It is a system that turns every natural disaster into an even greater man-made catastrophe."

Czech Parliament elects ombudsman with history of racial discrimination

His appointment speaks of the poor state of human rights in the country.

11 February 2020

Viral prank video mocks Putin's cult of personality

RuNet Echo

Russian blogger Bashir Dokhov hung a huge portrait of Putin in the elevator of a Moscow apartment block. He then installed a camera to record the reactions of stunned residents.

Public outcry over Wuhan coronavirus leads to blame game in China

COVID-19

Despite Beijing's claims, the central government bears significant responsibility for the mismanagement of crucial information in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak.

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