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We grew up repeating ‘pioneers for communism, we will be like Che’

Written by Luis Rodriguez | Translated by Anthony Sutterman

I was born in a small village in the south of Cuba, surrounded by the poverty that my family endured, but filled with the type of love and affection that I have never known again in my life. This was the Cuban version of the Macondo described by Gabriel García Márquez in One Hundred Years of Solitude-a time when poverty and migration had not yet deteriorated and fractured the Cuban family.

It took me a long time to manage to wake up from the deception that has led me and many…

Elephants at Bardiya National Park in Nepal. Image by Salik Ram Chaudhary for Nepali Times, used with permission.

Tigers and elephants are using jungle corridors for annual monsoon migration

This article by Salik Ram Chaudhary, secretary of the Khata Wildlife Corridor Homestay Management Committee, was originally published in Nepali Times and an edited version is republished on Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.

By Nepali Times

Several hundred elephants migrate from India to Nepal through different corridors each year. While Nepal’s local elephants live in small herds, it is believed that these migratory elephants are vital for maintaining diversity. …

‘Remote work’ by oi-oi illustrations, used under their license.

It is time to take workers’ rights into the digital age

By Claudio Gutiérrez and Spencer Ivy

Since the installation of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in 1973, workers’ living and working conditions throughout Chile have suffered. Pinochet’s regime reduced the size of the government, removed social protections, and completely liberalized the economy. These policies initially caused the Chilean economy to boom and were praised by major international financial organizations, including the IMF and World Bank. Pinochet’s reforms, however, left the Chilean people without social protections and with drastically reduced power to voice their needs in the political arena. They worked longer hours for less pay in worse conditions.

In this regard, little…

Ramadan in Prague’s Al Firdaus Center. After Eid prayer in the room provided exclusively for women. Photo by Elmira Lyapina, used with permission.

Some speak of anti-Islam criticism, others praise country’s religious freedom

By Elmira Lyapina

On May 13, the Muslim world including the Czech Muslims celebrated Eid Al-Fitr, or the feast of breaking the fast of Ramadan. In Czechia, where Muslims account for less than 0.1% of its 10.7 million people, Islam is often at the centre of much debate and criticism. On the occasion of Eid, female observers spoke of how they see their lives in Czechia as Muslims, and of how they spend and celebrate their holy month.

Like every year, Muslims in the Czech capital of Prague celebrated Eid in the mosque, which is more of a prayer house…

Of many races, accepted by none. Photo collage by Daniella Barsotti, used with permission.

Of many races, accepted by none

By Daniella Barsotti

When I look at my face, I see the plight of the indigenous Caribs who, along with the other First Peoples of the Caribbean, struggled against European conquest and ravage. I see Africans violently plucked from their home, brought to toil on stolen land in heat the white man couldn’t bear. I see my maternal grandfather sailing as a teen from China to the Caribbean to escape communism, with no money and no knowledge of English. I see my paternal, Italian great-grandfather, who crafted many of the churches and courthouses still standing in the region today. …

Germans exercising their right to free speech in a protest against COVID-19 measures in Frankfurt, June 7, 2020. Photo by via Wikipedia, CC BY 2.0.

By spring 2021, the population had begun to question the restrictions

By Taylor Whitsell and Félix Krawatzek

In early 2020, Germans expressed significant support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A consensus initially emerged across supporters of most parties that the state was handling an extraordinary situation appropriately, with trust in the government rising to 80 per cent in April 2020. That consensus, however, had wavered by December 2020, as many Germans began to feel “Maskenmüde” (mask-tired) and frustrated by a rollout of a vaccine campaign characterized by shortages and lengthy bureaucratic procedures.

Adding to German citizens’ frustration was their shock at the “Maskenaffäre” (“face mask scandal”), revealed…

Treatment of women activists contradicts claim of supporting gender equality

This article was originally published on The 88 Project, an independent news site covering Vietnam, and an edited version is republished on Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.

By The 88 Project

The Vietnamese government boasts about its achievements in pursuing gender equality. Referring to the ratio of women representatives in the Vietnam National Assembly, which stands at 27 per cent, the government insists on its myth of the progressive development of Vietnamese politics and sometimes even its superiority over other countries in this area. …

A blossoming lantana flower mimics the appearance of the COVID-19 virus. Photo by Jim & Robin Kunze on Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0.

A Trinidadian poet considers ways to survive the restrictions of COVID-19

Editor’s note: Against the backdrop of Trinidad and Tobago’s increasing rates of COVID-19 infections, the government re-introduced certain restrictions on April 29, including the closure of restaurants, gyms and places of worship, and the reduction-to 25 per cent capacity-of the air and sea bridge routes between the two islands. By May 3, those restrictions became even tighter after Principal Medical Officer Dr. Maryam Abdool-Richards advised that the country sits at the “tipping point,” with the possibility of the parallel healthcare system reaching capacity in less than two weeks should the current rates of infection, including the number of patients needing…

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After a brief period of popularity among opposition activists, pro-Erdoğan figures have now flooded the app

By Arzu Geybullayeva

In January, when students of Turkey’s prestigious Boğaziçi University launched protests against a president-appointed rector, Clubhouse was one of the places where much of the conversation about the movement was taking place.

In an interview with Middle East Eye, Furkan Dabaniyasti, a moderator at one of Boğaziçi’s Clubhouse’s rooms, said the group “gathered every component of the university, from students and alumnus to academics in an open forum where they discuss everything openly and publicly.”

Merve Tahiroglu, Turkey Program Coordinator at the Project on Middle East Democracy ( POMED), says the platform became “a space of solidarity…

Havana, Cuba. Photo by Pixabay

‘ … every day I live with the fear of repression’

Translated by Teodora C. Hasegan

Throughout the history of humanity, intellectuals committed to truth and freedom have always represented a threat to different power structures. The 1984 book by George Orwell provides an understanding of the existing analogies with the oppressive Cuban society.

One of the most nefarious effects of totalitarianism does not lie strictly in physical and brutal repression. The main consequence of the psychological pressure exerted by totalitarian states on the individual is the pretense that it causes in the human being; this is a mechanism that usually hides true ideas and convictions, and thus preserves the individual’s…

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