If languages are living beings, it would be correct to talk in plural and think of each of the existing languages in the world as a unique species [...]. Therefore, each language has its own expressions that, proudly, present themsleves as untranslatable to other languages [...].
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7 May 2013
A YouTube video featuring an Andalusian Spanish blogger criticizing xenophobic attitudes in Spain toward the region of Catalonia has gone viral.
30 April 2013
A blogger from the Republic of Bashkortostan (a small autonomous republic neighboring Tatarstan in southern Russia) was recently charged with hate speech for a post she published on her Facebook account late last year.
19 April 2013
The Catalan edition of Wikipedia Viquipèdia, a fundamental support to a language and culture historically discriminated against because it belongs to a stateless nation, has registered a record number of active users, with its article count reaching 400,000. At a moment when Catalonia is involved in a debate about becoming independent from Spain, its role in raising global awareness on the issue is crucial.
13 April 2013
Ukrainian politicians' views on the language issue are well-known. But what do ordinary Ukrainians think of it? And how does it affect the people who reside in the predominantly Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine - those who are the target audience of the politicians who, in 2012, voted in favor of the language law?
8 April 2013
Controversy arose as Delhi University has recently made it compulsory for students to study one paper in Hindi or any Modern Indian Language (MIL) listed in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Protesters are voicing against imposing of Hindi and MIL Languages.
Jesús “Papoleto” Meléndez, Puerto Rican poet and one of the fathers of the Nuyorican literary movement, just released the collection "Hey Yo!, Yo Soy! 40 Years of Nuyorican Street Poetry." Yarisa Colón interviews him.
2 April 2013
In the last year, the wellbeing of children in Russia has again found itself at the center of political debate. In just the last week, two figures commonly identified with the liberal opposition movement have attracted intense negative attention for comments that supposedly reveal their ill will toward children.
14 March 2013
Asymptote, an international digital literature and translation magazine, celebrated its second anniversary with events held around the globe, including Barcelona. Yew Leong Lee, the magazine's editor-in-chief, spoke with Global Voices about the project.
Kittens aside, there is nothing your average Russian blogger loves better than a juicy spat about politics or literature, except for a combination of the two.
6 March 2013
Twitter was abuzz with Yoruba, one of the three major indigenous languages spoken in Nigeria, on March 1, 2013 as speakers of the language lit up the microblogging site with tweets in Yoruba as part of a campaign to celebrate the language on social media and pressure Twitter to include it in its translation project.