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Global Voices is an international, multilingual, primarily volunteer community of writers, translators, academics, and human rights activists. Together, we leverage the power of the internet to build understanding across borders.

Redefining identities: land invasion in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province

A stage for 21st century ethno-religious colonisation Censuses conducted over the years in the Trincomalee district of Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province indicate a slight numerical majority and a minority in its various communities. However, it is noteworthy that since the…

How Assam’s villages use traditional wisdom to guide climate preparedness

The interviews in this article were conducted face-to-face as part of field research between October and December 2021. By Moushumi Basu The northeastern Indian state of Assam is more affected by climate change than any other part of the country.…

“Sindyanna of Galilee”: Extending the olive branch between Arabs and Israelis

Sales of award-winning olive oil worldwide helped empower 300 Arab women By Coco Cresswell In 1996 Hadas Lahav, a Jewish Israeli social activist, had a vision: a future of Arab-Israeli coexistence. That same year, through co-founding Sindyanna of Galilee, a female-led social…

Amid Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, a look at the Muslim presence in the Caribbean

Written by Fausia A. Eid is an Islamic feast of togetherness From Barbados’ Quran memorisers (hafiz) and Guyana’s religious radio programmes to open-air, socially distanced Arabic classes in Trinidad and Tobago, Muslims and their religious practices have been a part of…

Russian feminist activist Yulia Tsvetkova announces hunger strike

Human rights groups have labeled Tsvetkova a prisoner of conscience Written by Tanya Lokot Yulia Tsvetkova, an LGBT activist and feminist artist who is facing a prison sentence on charges of distributing pornographic images for sharing “body-positive” drawings on social…

The Canary Islands face tensions over migrants’ arrival

Since January 2020, more than 23,000 migrants have arrived on the islands Written by Laura Carraso Alvarez The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the increase in migrant arrivals in Europe that began with the turbulent exodus of millions of people…

Cuban artists fight repression through song, social media and hunger strikes

Cuban rappers are a visible part of the resistance This article was written anonymously by an author in Cuba, using the fake name “Luis Rodriguez” Historically, the political system in Cuba has repressed any form of opposition, including legitimate proposals…

The legacy of Bolivia’s El Mallku: ‘Self-governance is fundamental’ for indigenous peoples

Written by Ruben Hilari ‘Jiwaspach apnaqasiña’ has become a motto of the Aymara people In Bolivia, the slogan “Jiwaspachaw apnaqasjañasa” (“Self-governance is fundamental”) can often be heard in indigenous Aymara communities—in meetings, assemblies, city neighborhoods, conferences, in the media, and in…

In Latin America, mental health can only be achieved through collective memory

Conflicts throughout history have an impact on mental health Written by Joel Herrera The debate on mental health is very important in the Latin American region because of the entire history of socio-political conflicts, criminalized and persecuted social movements, militarization,…

The watchtower on the mountain of Dagestan’s indigenous languages

An interview with a Kaitag language digital activist from Dagestan Magomed Magomedov is a Kaitag language activist from the Russian republic of Dagestan and the creator of a unique portal, Avzag (“avzag” means “language” in Ossetian), dedicated to indigenous Caucasian…

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