Global Voices November 2021 highlights

People releasing khom lois (hot air lanterns) at the YeePeng Festival Chiang Mai, Malaysia. This was a part of the Buddhist Loy Krathong Festival, which takes place in November. Photo by John Shedrick (CC BY 2.0)

Thanks to everyone for all your contributions in November 2021, which was a remarkably busy month for GV:

Welcome to the following new contributors who published their first GV story or translation in November 2021!

Alessia Plattner, Asli Ismayilizade, Aws Ahmad, Davide Caffi, Desiré Merlo, Diana Harabagiu, Elena Silv, Federica Azzena, Global Voices Iran, JAM News, Kabar Lahariya, Khloud Fahmy, Konstantina Lena, Leonardo Azevedo, Marta F., Nana Asamoah, Prensa Comunitaria, Sandra Rocha, Tatyana Pomazan, Unbias the News.

And welcome to Nathaly Espitia Díaz and Andres Lombana-Bermudez, who will be working with Rising Voices on a project on digital safety for indigenous communities.

Changes to the Global Voices board: Last month the Global Voices board welcomed Akwe Amosu (a member of our very first board), said farewell to board chair James Deane as he ended his board term, and appointed Mary-Kay Magistad as new board chair.

Civic Media Observatory: GV's Civic Media Observatory (CMO) project launched Undertones, a newsletter highlighting the CMO's media analysis work. Each edition will explore one of the events, emerging trends or phenomena being studied by the CMO's research teams. Make sure to subscribe!

GV media and conference appearances:

  • Associate editor Ameya Nagarajan appeared on a November 3 video by Indian news outlet NDTV discussing narrow ideal of beauty.
  • Managing editor Filip Noubel became a regular contributor to the New Welsh Review. Read his first review of a work by Russian poet in exile Marina Tsvetaeva.
  • CIPESA published a recap of a panel organised by Rising Voices at the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFA) in September, titled “How Digital Activism Is Helping African Languages Be Part of a Multilingual Web.”
  • Filip spoke about Czech politics on Kyiv-based independent russophone InternetTV channel on November 16 and 30. 
  • On November 24, Rising Voices organised an online conversation as part of the annual Bread&Net unconference exploring the intersection between digital rights and language in the Middle East and North Africa region.
  •  Filip Noubel and other GV community members spoke about the Belt and Road initiative at the Taiwan-based China in the World Conference on November 23-26.
  • Eastern Europe editor Tanya Lokot co-authored a November 24 op-ed on Russia’s self-censorship social media law titled “Russia’s Social Media Self-Censorship Law is Misguided – and the West Must Avoid Making the Same Mistake.”
  • On November 25-26 GV community members Njeri Wangari, Alejandra Sasil Sánchez Chan, Migel Angel Oxlaj Cúmez and Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún presented poetry in various indigenous languages at an online event during the 2nd International Academic Forum “Sustainable Development of Indigenous Languages” in South Korea.
  • Rising Voices also conducted language activism workshops in various countries as part of RV's language digital activism toolkit project.

Number of stories published on GV in English: 93 (down from 100 in October)

Total pageviews (all sites):  427,130 (down from 492,932 in October)

Top 10 posts by pageviews (includes only recent posts):

  1. Malaysian rapper Namewee breaks the hearts of mainland Chinese ‘little pinks’ by Oiwan Lam (3,057)
  2. Barbados prime minister Mia Mottley’s defence of Small Island Developing States at COP26 makes her a regional rock star by Janine Mendes-Franco (2,292)
  3. Controversial Jamaican pastor dies in car crash on the way to being charged for ‘cult’ deaths by Emma Lewis (1,858)
  4. In Turkey, 30 people face investigation over social media posts that ‘insulted the president’ by Arzu Geybullayeva(1,791)
  5. The mysterious origin of the name of Armenia city in Colombia by Kelly Chaib de Mares, translated into English by Teodora C. Hasegan (1,768)
  6. The Zhang Gaoli sexual assault scandal: Political power struggle or #Metoo? by Oiwan Lam (1,422)
  7. A sweeping spate of murders rivals COVID-19’s ‘third wave’ in Jamaica by Emma Lewis (1,289)
  8. Película china «La batalla del lago Changjin» convierte la dolorosa historia de la guerra de Corea en gloriosa victoria by Oiwan Lam, translated into Spanish by Gabriela García Calderón Orbe (1,053)
  9. A dive into young people’s discontent through the Hong Kong indie band, My Little Airport by Oiwan Lam (1,025)
  10. Could Jamaica’s ‘wickedest city’ become a UNESCO World Heritage Site? by Janine Mendes-Franco (945)

Top 15 countries from which people visited GV sites:

    1. United States
    2. Germany
    3. Brazil
    4. France
    5. Japan
    6. Spain
    7. United Kingdom
    8. Mexico
    9. Philippines
    10. Italy
    11. Canada
    12. Colombia
    13. Argentina
    14. Russia
    15. India

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