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Philip Smart

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28 August 2016

The Refugee Olympic Team Showed They Have Plenty to Offer, in Spite of Tragic Stories

"It is this determination that they show against all odds. I love the athletes in this team as if they were my own children."

6 July 2016

An Ivorian Professor Helps a Student Focus on Class by Carrying Her Baby on His Back

"I think that what a teacher does to create social links with their students is just as important as the content of their classes."

24 May 2016

A Novel About the ‘Anonymous People Who Every Day Live, Love, Resist and Struggle’ for Syria

"We hear little of those who resist, construct and reconstruct, in an increasingly difficult context," says activist, journalist, and Global Voices author Leila Nachawati Rego about her new novel.

20 May 2016

Creating a Space for Guinea's National Languages on the Internet

Rising Voices

"We must not make anyone feel marginalised because they have little or no understanding of the French language."

26 April 2016

French Activists Say If You Are Harassed or You See Harassment on the Street, Speak Up

One 2014 study revealed that 85% of women in Paris "have little faith" that anyone would come to their aide if they were assaulted on the metro.

22 April 2016

Freeman, the Blog Bringing Mexico's Little-Known Mountain Culture to the Masses

"The spirit of adventure can be part of the life of anyone ready to face their fears"

A Little-Known Perspective on the Life of Homeless People in France—Their Own

"Why would a homeless person make a website? ...I will say that I am a computer programmer first and a homeless person second."

8 April 2016

‘Let's Not Give In to Fear': An Interview With Hugues Lawson-Body, Photographer of Celebrities and Parisian Youth

"I try to photograph young people just as they are. They are just as important as the adult generation, yet they suffer from neglect and need to be inspired."

26 March 2016

This Easter, the Pardonometer Is Taking on an Old Tradition in Spain

Many Spanish judges think that the pardon is unjustified in a modern legal system, and should be fundamentally reformed, if not abolished altogether.

20 March 2016

Series of Animated Stories Revitalise Indigenous Languages in Mexico

Rising Voices

‘68 tongues, 68 hearts’ is an animated project aimed at preserving and sharing the indigenous languages of Mexico through a series of short animations narrated in the indigenous languages.

7 March 2016

Social Media Slams Idea That Murdered Backpackers in Ecuador ‘Were Asking for It’

"These are all comments from my social media feeds which leave me totally ashamed. How can such backward thinking still exist in this day and age."

1 March 2016

‘Barber Show’ Web Series Offers an Honest and Funny Glimpse of Paris's African Community

"The series shows an under-represented community. The aim was to show the cultural richness of this community."

29 February 2016

Colombia Edges Closer to Signing Peace Agreement

The final and hopefully definitive phase of a peace process is underway and the Colombian government is preparing for post-conflict reconciliation with its new plan “Peace for Colombia.”

20 February 2016

How Lima Lost the Booksellers of Quilca Street

The many booksellers that occupied the busy Quilca street have been evicted and uncertainty looms over the future of not only the traders but also the greater area.

18 February 2016

Welcome to Manchay, the Neighbourhood in Lima Resisting the Arrival of Public Transport

What is it about life in Manchay that makes the residents protest so energetically against a fare rise that would to others seem negligible?

10 February 2016

The YouTube Women: Delivering Hard-Hitting Digital Video Activism

"In Brazil at least, where we have a very communicative culture, it is [...] far easier to persuade someone to watch a video than to read an article."

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