Excitement, misgivings over Japan’s newest bullet train

Only 66 km of track will be in service, with just three stationsOriginally published on Global VoicesMap of Kyushu’s JR rail network from 2017. The new West Kyushu shinkansen route, which partially links the western city of Nagasaki with the rest of island’s high-speed rail network, is not pictured. Photo by Nevin Thompson. Image license: … Continue reading “Excitement, misgivings over Japan’s newest bullet train”

‘I didn’t ask for it!’: Four women fighting against gender-based violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Facebook page they run receives messages from several Balkans women every day.Originally published on Global VoicesIllustration based on photo by Pixabay user Geralt, used with permision based on Pixabay license. This article by Samira Trešnjo was originally published on Balkan Diskurs, a project of the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC). An edited version is republished by Global Voices as … Continue reading “‘I didn’t ask for it!’: Four women fighting against gender-based violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Syrian survivors of torture rejoice over German court indicting ex-intelligence officer

It’s the first international recognition of torture by Al-Assad’s regime Originally published on Global Voices Screenshot from video by Omar Alshogre, a Syrian activist who endured three years of torture in a secret prison, who said the ruling renews hope that the Bashar al-Assad regime will fall. Survivors of torture in Syrian prisons celebrated a … Continue reading “Syrian survivors of torture rejoice over German court indicting ex-intelligence officer”

‘Our activism won’t stop’: The Oyan movement recounts the January protests in Kazakhstan

Simple people, not terrorists, took part in the initial protestsOriginally published on Global VoicesInside a police kettling circle, Darkhan Sharipov with a placard “1986 don’t forget 2011″ in relation to two historic events of state repression in Kazakhstan: “Zheltoksan” and “Zhanaozen.” Photo from Sharipov’s personal archives. Used with permission. The internet works again after a … Continue reading “‘Our activism won’t stop’: The Oyan movement recounts the January protests in Kazakhstan”

In Georgia, six months after the tragic death of journalist, authorities blame drug overdose

Civil society organizations question the state’s conclusion and motivesOriginally published on Global VoicesAleksandre Lashkarava, screenshot from DW report on journalist’s death. Georgian authorities have finally released an autopsy report for TV Pirveli journalist and cameraman Aleksandre Lashkarava, 37, known as Lekso to his colleagues, who was found dead in his apartment on July 11 in Tbilisi. … Continue reading “In Georgia, six months after the tragic death of journalist, authorities blame drug overdose”

How e-bikes can promote cycling in Tbilisi

There is still only a trickle of commuters moving on spokesOriginally published on Global Voices“eBike inside the Greenwich Foot Tunnel” by londoncyclist is licensed under CC BY 2.0 This article was first published on Investor.ge. An edited version is republished here with the permission of the original website. After years of construction, Tbilisi is now abundant … Continue reading “How e-bikes can promote cycling in Tbilisi”

A 2019 Kazakh song about Nur-Sultan reads like news commentary in January 2022

Intended as irony, the song is eerily accurate in the present momentOriginally published on Global VoicesA screenshot from the Alibek Narimanov’s YouTube channel displaying some of the lyrics of the song “Я умираю в Нур-Султане (I am dying in Nursultan”). The lyrics captured here read as “Отпусти меня из этого рая” (Let me out of … Continue reading “A 2019 Kazakh song about Nur-Sultan reads like news commentary in January 2022”

Death of a student sparks debate on religious community-run housing in Turkey

Enes Kara, 19, was a second year medical studentOriginally published on Global Voices“turning in on myself” by creating in the dark is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Content notice: This article contains mentions of suicide, murder, and mental health issues. Enes Kara, 19, was a second-year medical student at Elazığ Fırat University Medical Faculty. On … Continue reading “Death of a student sparks debate on religious community-run housing in Turkey”

Typhoon Rai overwhelms the Philippines’ Queen City of the South

Metro Cebu residents struggle to rise up from devastationOriginally published on Global VoicesA passenger ship ran aground the Cebu Coastal Road while the tower of a shopping mall in the background is badly damaged. Photo by Karlo Mongaya Nearly a month after Typhoon Rai, locally known as Odette, rampaged through the Visayan Islands and parts … Continue reading “Typhoon Rai overwhelms the Philippines’ Queen City of the South”

Heavy snowfall kills tourists at a hill station in Pakistan

“That they were not rescued in time reflects poor governance”Originally published on Global VoicesSnow in Murree, Punjab, Pakistan. Image from Flickr by Jannino. CC BY-NC 2.0. At least 23 people, including women and children, have died in cars that were stranded due to heavy snowfall in Murree and Nathia Gali hill stations just 66 km … Continue reading “Heavy snowfall kills tourists at a hill station in Pakistan”

Undertones: From ‘Satanic’ QR codes and ‘public enemies’, navigating the pandemic in Russia

Explore narratives of the pandemic in RussiaOriginally published on Global VoicesIllustration by Giovana Fleck Welcome to Undertones, the Civic Media Observatory newsletter! In each edition we analyze an event, emerging trend, or a complex story, identifying key narratives of urgent public interest, delving deep into the context and subtext of local, vernacular and multilingual media. Undertones also offers an … Continue reading “Undertones: From ‘Satanic’ QR codes and ‘public enemies’, navigating the pandemic in Russia”

Iranians demand justice on anniversary of airplane downing

Iranian court ruling in April failed to satisfy families of deceasedOriginally published on Global VoicesAll 176 passengers aboard Ukraine airline’s flight 752 were killed. Image used under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International. Iranians on January 8 commemorated the second anniversary of the shooting down of Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752,  with slogans such as “We … Continue reading “Iranians demand justice on anniversary of airplane downing”

Erdoğan and the AKP’s war with art and culture

There are those who continue resistance, despite the government pressureOriginally published on Global Voices“Against Censorship at Flickr” by alias65 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 During the annual Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards ceremony in December 2021, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the crowd, saying, “The stronger you are in culture and arts, the … Continue reading “Erdoğan and the AKP’s war with art and culture”

The Soviet Union existed for 70 years, but don’t expect to find it as a location in the world of comic books

Tintin, Spirou & Corto Maltese are exceptions, with stories set in the USSR Originally published on Global VoicesVery few mainstream comics have been set in the Soviet Union. Exceptions include ‘Corto Maltese in Siberia,’ ‘The Golden House of Samarkand,’ and ‘Superman: The Red Son.’ Photo by Filip Stojanovski (CC-BY 2.0) depicts recent editions of the three … Continue reading “The Soviet Union existed for 70 years, but don’t expect to find it as a location in the world of comic books”

China aims to wipe out Omicron ahead of Winter Olympics

Can China get Omicron under control before the Games?Originally published on Global VoicesChinese president Xi Jinping inspected Olympic venues ahead of the Winter Olympics and gave a speech about health protocols and expectations. Screenshot from South China Morning Post’s Youtube Channel. The Beijing Winter Olympic Games are set to begin next month on February 4th. … Continue reading “China aims to wipe out Omicron ahead of Winter Olympics”

Trinidad and Tobago residents’ response to proposed amendments to fireworks legislation? Enforce existing laws

[Proposed legislation] ‘leaves us with no confidence that good will prevail’Originally published on Global VoicesFireworks; Photo by Nikki Pirch on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0. At certain times of the year in Trinidad and Tobago—including Divali, Christmas, and New Year’s—online spaces become filled with stories of traumatised infants and seniors, not to mention animals who go … Continue reading “Trinidad and Tobago residents’ response to proposed amendments to fireworks legislation? Enforce existing laws”

As Turkey rolls out its own COVID-19 vaccine, questions loom over its efficacy

Turkey began developing its own vaccine in November 2020Originally published on Global VoicesScreenshot from DW video news segment. Turkey joined the list of countries developing their own vaccine against COVID-19 in November 2020. In December 2021, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan approved Turkovac for emergency use as a booster vaccine. However, as medical professionals began delivering jabs, … Continue reading “As Turkey rolls out its own COVID-19 vaccine, questions loom over its efficacy”

‘I chase bad men!’ How the late Andrew Jennings changed investigative sport journalism

Funny, mischievous, clever and confrontational, he was a man who understood his purposeOriginally published on Global VoicesInvestigative journalist Andrew Jennings on October 30, 2013, giving the presentation ‘Who wants to go to Qatar in 2022? Hands up!’ Photo by Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game via Play the Game on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Trinidadian sports journalist … Continue reading “‘I chase bad men!’ How the late Andrew Jennings changed investigative sport journalism”

The long-lasting conundrum in Tajikistan’s Pamir region

Internet shutdown and block posts continue even after protests subduedOriginally published on Global VoicesOutside of the main cities, the Gorno-Badakshan Autonomous Region is mostly mountainous. Photo credits: AmanovDmitry (Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0) Making up almost half of Tajikistan’s territory, the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (widely known by its Soviet-era acronym GBAO) is a mountainous province … Continue reading “The long-lasting conundrum in Tajikistan’s Pamir region”

How one birthday party sparked an outpouring of anger and resentment in Hong Kong

A dozen officials attended the party, in violation of pandemic-control rulesOriginally published on Global VoicesWitman Hung’s birthday party poster via inmediahk.net 2022 has kicked off with a scandal in Hong Kong involving 13 government officials and 20 newly elected Legislative Council members who violated the city’s pandemic control policies by attending a birthday party with … Continue reading “How one birthday party sparked an outpouring of anger and resentment in Hong Kong”

Heavy floods leave over 30,000 displaced in northern Sumatra, Indonesia

Continual rainfall has worsened the situation since the flash floods on December 31Originally published on Global VoicesAn aerial photo of flooding in the Aceh region last week after days of heavy downpour. Via YouTube. After a week of heavy rain on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, more than 32,000 people have been displaced, and … Continue reading “Heavy floods leave over 30,000 displaced in northern Sumatra, Indonesia”

Change of government in Chile: The return of (fragile) hope

Citizens will be demanding results when evaluating Gabriel Boric’s presidencyOriginally published on Global VoicesImage of Gabriel Boric giving his victory speech in 2021. Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0) Gabriel Boric, recently elected president of Chile for the period 2022-2026, has a task of gigantic proportions before him. Starting March 11, when the current president, Sebastián … Continue reading “Change of government in Chile: The return of (fragile) hope”

The paradox threatening Ukraine’s post-coal future

At COP26, President Zelenskyy promised Ukraine would stop using coal by 2035Originally published on Global VoicesCherkasy power plant, Cherkasy, Ukraine. Image by Anton Galeta, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons. This article by Nazarii Vivcharyk appeared on OpenDemocracy on December 15, 2021. It is republished as part of a content-sharing partnership and has been edited to fit … Continue reading “The paradox threatening Ukraine’s post-coal future”

Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier, whose representation of Black people in film helped change racist perceptions, dies at 94

‘This gentleman knew how to walk tall’Originally published on Global VoicesSidney Poitier at the 38th Charlie Chaplin Award gala, held at the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York City on May 2, 2011. Photo by Tamara Dunn on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Hollywood royalty and elder statesman of the silver screen, … Continue reading “Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier, whose representation of Black people in film helped change racist perceptions, dies at 94”

Twitter turns white as people share images of snow in Kashmir

‘[A] white blanket of snow covers Kashmir valley’Originally published on Global VoicesWinter Postcard from Kashmir. This is Aparwhat Peak looming large on Gulmarg valley, Kashmir. Image by Rajarshi Mitra via Flickr. CC BY 2.0. Snow-clad mountains, scenic valleys, houses draped in white and silent puffs of falling flurries from the pale grey sky—these are glimpses … Continue reading “Twitter turns white as people share images of snow in Kashmir”

Japan calls for stricter COVID-19 measures for U.S. military personnel

Japan’s COVID-19 measures rely on voluntary compliance and shared social normsOriginally published on Global VoicesU.S. Marine Corps and JASDF personnel await the arrival of JASDF F-2 aircraft at the East Fuji Maneuver Area in Shizuoka, Japan. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Katie Gray, uploaded to Flickr on Dec. 9, 2021. Image license: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 … Continue reading “Japan calls for stricter COVID-19 measures for U.S. military personnel”

‘The king is passing’: Narrie Approo, Trinidad & Tobago’s oldest Black Indian masquerader, dies at 94

‘Mas is Dance and Fight’Originally published on Global VoicesOkenaga—Black Indian culture bearer Narrie Approo at Victoria Square, Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 2009, taken by Abigail Hadeed as part of her outdoor backdrop project, through which she documented masmakers like Approo and the costumes they made. Used with permission. To put on face paint and … Continue reading “‘The king is passing’: Narrie Approo, Trinidad & Tobago’s oldest Black Indian masquerader, dies at 94”

Disputed reality: ‘Bombtrack’ and Peru’s internal armed conflict

The song remains controversial to this day in PeruOriginally published on Global VoicesRage against the machine. Flickr (CC BY 2.0) This article is part of our special coverage of controversial and banned music around the world. In the 1990s, the song “Bombtrack” by Rage Against the Machine was being played on global networks such as … Continue reading “Disputed reality: ‘Bombtrack’ and Peru’s internal armed conflict”

Jordan’s sole refuge for people with disabilities risk closure as COVID-19 dries up donations

Thousands of beneficiaries risk losing priceless support provided for 40 yearsOriginally published on Global VoicesAl Hussein Society has for decades been the sole institution caring for children with disabilities in Jordan, and is now risking closure. Image provided by Al Hussein Society. Situated within a residential cul-de-sac in west Amman, Jordan, a sloping path leads … Continue reading “Jordan’s sole refuge for people with disabilities risk closure as COVID-19 dries up donations”

Trinidad and Tobago loses three musical treasures at the start of 2022

Excellence and innovativeness defined them allOriginally published on Global VoicesPhoto of Clifton Ryan (The Mighty Bomber), by Mark Lyndersay at lyndersaydigital.com, used with permission. Screenshot of Kenwrick Joseph (Kenny J), from the YouTube video of his soca parang hit ‘The Paint Brush.’ Photo of Clive “Zanda” Alexander by Joseph Yearwood, used with permission. The new … Continue reading “Trinidad and Tobago loses three musical treasures at the start of 2022”

In Trinidad and Tobago, baby, it’s cold outside

‘Temperature is relative’Originally published on Global VoicesAmbient temperature. Photo by Jeremiah Hoyet on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0. Each new year in Trinidad and Tobago typically brings with it wonderful weather—bright, sunny days as the dry season draws closer, tempered by the tail end of cool, Christmas breezes—but from January 3 and beyond, temperatures dipped to … Continue reading “In Trinidad and Tobago, baby, it’s cold outside”

The myth of a stable Kazakhstan is shattered within a day as neighbours watch anxiously

Originally published on Global VoicesScreenshot from France24 YouTube channel showing police fighting back protestors in Almaty. On the map of Central Asia, Kazakhstan occupies a dominant place. Not only is it the 9th largest country in the world, it also has a regional reputation as a stable and comparatively rich society, with large resources in … Continue reading “The myth of a stable Kazakhstan is shattered within a day as neighbours watch anxiously”

Understanding monsoon culture in Nepal

Some elements of the rituals date back to ancient, Vedic timesOriginally published on Global VoicesThe Newar ritual of feeding frogs is immediately followed by the festive procession of the cow, which was actually the expected day for the monsoonal birth of the calves. Photo: Nepali Times Archive, used with permission. This article by Gautama Vajra … Continue reading “Understanding monsoon culture in Nepal”

Indians give Chinese places hilarious names after China renames 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh

China is expected to announce more lists in the coming monthsOriginally published on Global VoicesIndo-China border at Bum La Pass in the Zemithang circle in Arunachal Pradesh. Image by Tabish Q via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0. After China announced standardized names for 15 places in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, India reacted … Continue reading “Indians give Chinese places hilarious names after China renames 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh”

Justice elusive for murdered Indigenous Colombian reporter

His killing has been classified as a homicide, not a crime against journalistsOriginally published on Global VoicesIllustration by Rowena Neme for the Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP), used with permission. Editor’s note: this profile is the last one of wider coverage of threats against Indigenous reporters in Cauca (Colombia).  The murder of José … Continue reading “Justice elusive for murdered Indigenous Colombian reporter”

A year later, Boğaziçi University continues to resist

January 2022 marks one year anniversary of protests at Boğaziçi UniversityOriginally published on Global VoicesScreenshot from the video interview with one of the dismissed academics by Gerçek Gündem. This month marks the anniversary of Boğaziçi University protests, which occurred after the appointment of a new rector by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. While the controversial government-appointed … Continue reading “A year later, Boğaziçi University continues to resist”

Fuel protests spill over into political demands across Kazakhstan

People across Kazakhstan demand political change amid socio-economic adversityOriginally published on Global VoicesProtesters in the Mangistau region gather in the morning of January 4. Screenshot from Sputnik Kazakhstan’s YouTube channel. Fair use. Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev fired the cabinet and declared a state of emergency in the western Mangistau region and in the city of … Continue reading “Fuel protests spill over into political demands across Kazakhstan”

Out of darkness, hope: A New Year chat with Jamaican artist Richard Nattoo

‘I’ve always been interested in exploring the human mind in my art’Originally published on Global VoicesArtist Richard Nattoo. Photo courtesy the artist, used with permission. Jamaican artist Richard Nattoo is unapologetic about his need to keep exploring different genres and collecting new ideas and inspirations. He keeps moving, no matter where his subject matter takes … Continue reading “Out of darkness, hope: A New Year chat with Jamaican artist Richard Nattoo”

Google removes YouTube ads featuring interrogations of Belarusian political prisoners

Opposition activists said the video ads violated YouTube’s platform policiesOriginally published on Global VoicesPhoto by StockSnap on Pixabay, Pixabay License. Google and YouTube have reportedly removed controversial video ads featuring scenes of interrogation of Belarusian political prisoners promoted by pro-government Belarusian YouTube channels. The ads were first spotted in May 2021 by Belarusian and international … Continue reading “Google removes YouTube ads featuring interrogations of Belarusian political prisoners”

Istanbul Municipality is targeted by the Ministry of the Interior over questionable terrorism charges

The Ministry of the Interior launched criminal investigations against the Istanbul MunicipalityOriginally published on Global VoicesA screenshot from a press statement by eleven CHP mayors on December 27, 2021. Turkey’s Ministry of the Interior launched a criminal investigation on December 26 against the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB) — the latest spat between the ruling Justice and … Continue reading “Istanbul Municipality is targeted by the Ministry of the Interior over questionable terrorism charges”

A pit bull attack on a four year old sparks debate about stray animals in Turkey

Stray animals were rounded up after the pit bull attack.Originally published on Global VoicesPicture from Pixabay. A stray dog behind fences. The story of a 4-year-old girl who was attacked by two off-leash pit bulls in Turkey’s Gaziantep province on December 22 shocked many in the country, prompting calls for the owner of the two … Continue reading “A pit bull attack on a four year old sparks debate about stray animals in Turkey”

New colonization in Russia’s Arctic threatens indigenous rights

The state oppresses indigenous peoples in interests of private-sector capitalOriginally published on Global VoicesNenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia, September 2009. Photo by Tatiana Bashinskaya, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. This article by Tatiana Britskaya was originally published by Novaya Gazeta and appeared on Transitions Online on December 13, 2021. It is republished as part of a content-sharing partnership … Continue reading “New colonization in Russia’s Arctic threatens indigenous rights”

Independent Hong Kong news outlet Citizen News announces shut down

The announcement came days after national security police raided Stand NewsOriginally published on Global VoicesCitizen media’s news team. Image from Hong Kong Citizen media. Used with permission. The following report was published in Hong Kong Free Press on January 3, 2022. It is republished on Global Voices via a content partnership agreement. Hong Kong independent … Continue reading “Independent Hong Kong news outlet Citizen News announces shut down”

Au Soudan, la Cour libère l’Internet

La justice aux côtés des citoyens contre le régime dictatorialPublié à l’origine sur Global Voices en FrançaisDes manifestations ont éclaté devant l’Université de Zalingei au Darfour occidental alors qu’une équipe de négociation de paix, menée par Ahmed bin Abdullah al Mahmoud, ministre d’État qatari aux Affaires étrangères, et Djibril Bassolé, médiateur en chef conjoint d’Union … Continue reading “Au Soudan, la Cour libère l’Internet”

« Le kazakh est parfait pour le rap » : un entretien avec Yevgeniya Plakhina

Diversité culturelle et linguistique du Kazakhstan : un atout musicalPublié à l’origine sur Global Voices en FrançaisCapture d’écran de la chaîne YouTube de Gost Entertainmen, présentant la chanson Agha avec les paroles en kazakh. [Sauf mention contraire, tous les liens de ce billet renvoient vers des pages web en anglais, ndt.] Trente ans déjà que … Continue reading “« Le kazakh est parfait pour le rap » : un entretien avec Yevgeniya Plakhina”

The Civic Media Observatory in 2021

We reflect on the Observatory in 2021Originally published on Global Voices 2021 was a big year for the Civic Media Observatory. Here’s a recap of our work. What do we do at the Civic Media Observatory? We identify and analyze how people construct and share narratives in media We explain the context and subtext underlying … Continue reading “The Civic Media Observatory in 2021”

En Russie, le site web de l’association d’aide juridique OVD-Info bloqué

La censure s’attaque aux défenseurs russes des droits humainsPublié à l’origine sur Global Voices en FrançaisLe représentant d’OVD-Info, Denis Shedov, s’exprime lors d’une table ronde en ligne sur les « agents étrangers », le 22 novembre 2021. Capture d’écran de OVD-Info / YouTube, CC BY 3.0. [Sauf mention contraire, tous les liens de ce billet … Continue reading “En Russie, le site web de l’association d’aide juridique OVD-Info bloqué”

North Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev, the prime minister who ‘has done the most to serve his country’

His primary promise was to make North Macedonia more democraticOriginally published on Global VoicesZoran Zaev leaving the official building of the government of the Republic of North Macedonia. Photo by Government of Republic of North Macedonia, Public Domain. After having announced his decision on October 31, Zoran Zaev submitted his resignation as North Macedonia’s prime … Continue reading “North Macedonia’s Zoran Zaev, the prime minister who ‘has done the most to serve his country’”

Azerbaijan’s controversial media law has grave consequences for media freedom and independence

The law takes effect on January 1, 2022Originally published on Global VoicesThe Azerbaijan Parliament Building in Baku. “DSC_0660″ by Salvatore.Freni is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 On December 30, Azerbaijan’s parliament approved a new media law after its third and final reading. The law was passed despite mounting criticism from local journalists and is set … Continue reading “Azerbaijan’s controversial media law has grave consequences for media freedom and independence”

Taiwan : les victimes de vidéos pornos deepfake demandent de nouvelles lois

La violence sexuelle n’a pas sa place dans le cyberespacePublié à l’origine sur Global Voices en FrançaisLe visage de Mr Bean a été placé sur le corps tiré d’une pub de Charlize Theron. Capture d’écran de la vidéo YouTube de Fat Ninja. [Sauf mention contraire, tous les liens de ce billet renvoient vers des pages … Continue reading “Taiwan : les victimes de vidéos pornos deepfake demandent de nouvelles lois”