Why are young people protesting in Thailand?
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions which prohibit mass gatherings, young Thai activists continue to organize massive protests. This marks the first time when the Thai monarchy has been talked about publicly
Belarus in turmoil
Belarus is undergoing perhaps its most serious political crisis since independence. This eastern European country of nearly 10 million has been ruled by President Alyaksandr Lukashenka since 1994. The former collective farm manager is a great survivor. For over 20 years he has outmanoeuvred political opponents, playing off Russia against…
#IdentityMatrix: African languages and digital rights
These activists are working to promote inclusion and the visibility of African languages like Bambara, Khoekhoe, N|uu, Swahili and Yorùbá in digital spaces.
Black Lives Matter and anti-black racism: Global reactions
A compilation of reactions from around the world to the protests sparked by the May 25 killing of black American George Floyd by a white police officer in the United States.
Pride Month 2020: Honoring the resilience of the global LGBTQ+ community
This year, COVID-19 is affecting Pride Month as many public events, including festivals and Pride Parades, have to be cancelled or significantly reduced because of health risks.
Documenting state-directed persecution of minorities in China's Xinjiang region
Over a million people from Turkic and Han Muslim groups have been incarcerated, and that is just a part of the pain.
The identity matrix: Platform regulation of online threats to expression in Africa
These analytical stories, from seven African countries — Algeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan, Tunisia and Uganda — examined identity-driven hate speech as it manifests in digital spaces.
Are reforms in Uzbekistan bringing real change to the people?
In late 2019, the magazine The Economist selected the Central Asian state of Uzbekistan as “the country of the year” for the pace of its economic reforms and political changes. There is little doubt Uzbekistan in 2020 cannot compare to what it was in 2016, when it was still under…
COVID-19: Global coverage for a pandemic
Global Voices’ special coverage of COVID-19 offers a view on the pandemic from the perspective of our global community of contributors.
How do women fight gender violence in Latin America?
Latin America is infamous for its high rates of femicide and gender-based violence, but women and men are fighting back.
Moldova: Waiting for another kingmaker?
Turbulent politics is no novelty for Moldova. It is, by conventional cliche, a country trapped: sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania, caught between Russia and the West, and ensnared by poverty and corruption. By the winter of 2018, the European Union (EU) had become so concerned about the rule of law…
How is COVID-19 reshaping the political and global future of China?
The Wuhan coronavirus is not just a health crisis, it is also a major political moment of truth.
Who is paying the cost of India’s declining democracy?
India is often called the world's largest democracy, a title it can certainly claim in terms of voters, as 900 million people are eligible to cast ballots. But a closer look at India's legal framework may cast doubts on the quality of this democracy, and whether or not the country…
Internet disruption: a growing and global phenomenon
Across the globe, the internet has penetrated everyday activities to such an extent that any disruption in access directly affects a vast array of human activities: personal communication, consumption and production of information, business and trade, rescue operations. Indeed nearly 60 percent of the planet’s population is now connected to…
Taiwan 2020 Presidential Elections
Taiwan is holding presidential elections on January 11th, 2020 to determine the course of its political and economic orientation for the next four years. Following six months of political unrest in Hong Kong that have impacted public opinion on the island, the elections come at a crucial time and reveal…
Inside Kashmir's crisis
On August 5, India's government revoked Article 370 of the Indian constitution that had provided special autonomy to the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir.