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Stories about Culture

10 October 2015

A Man Who Travels the World Not to See Things, But Hear Them

Sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard used to be a musician. But he discovered he'd rather find sounds than make them. Now he records what other people barely notice.

Political Cartoons Defy Censorship to Expose Thai-Style ‘Democracy’

A political cartoonist who criticized Thailand's military-backed government has become the latest journalist to be summoned by the army for "attitude-adjustment."

9 October 2015

A New Collection of Children's Books Intends to Subvert Your Ideas of Princesses

The heroines of these stories neither live in castles nor wait for their charming prince to come and rescue them.

‘Doubles’ Increase Sends Trinidad & Tobago Foodies Into Tailspin

Sellers of doubles, the nation's most beloved breakfast food, caused outraged when they announced a one dollar increase, despite the fact that the raw materials cost has remained the same.

8 October 2015

‘Running on Fumes'—Trinidad & Tobago Faces $8.5 Billion Deficit

Trinidad and Tobago's new government delivered its maiden budget speech in parliament this week. While many feared the news wouldn't be good, they didn't quite expect this...

5 October 2015

Portrait of Nobel Literary Prize Winner Pablo Neruda Sparks Debate About Rape Culture in Chile

Chilean poet Pablo Neruda included an account of a rape in his memoir. Now, an artist reimagines the author's memoir with a new title, "I Confess That I Have Raped."

Musicians Protest Over Hong Kong Metro's ‘Tone Deaf’ Enforcement of Luggage Rules

"Hong Kong people should protect children’s right to learn music. In the past it was allowed to carry musical instruments into stations. Why not now?"

4 October 2015

Why Young North Koreans Are Daring to Wear Skinny Jeans

Danbi is part of a generation of North Korean millennials who don't look to the country's leadership to provide for them in the same way their parents did.

3 October 2015

Jamaicans to UK Prime Minister: Get Over Slavery? ‘You First.’

"David Cameron must listen with an open heart and mind to the call for reparations, and have the courage to do what is right."

2 October 2015

Meet ‘Droncita,’ Mexico's First Graffiti-Artist Drone

On the first anniversary of the Iguala mass kidnapping, Droncita's first act was to graffiti a portrait of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, demanding his resignation.

29 September 2015

When Online Kremlin Propaganda Leaves the Web, It Looks Like This

RuNet Echo

"Material Evidence" is one of few pro-Putin Internet projects connected to Russia's "troll factories" with a significant offline trail. Because of this, we can trace its operations unusually well.

Vladimir Putin's UN General Assembly Speech: Beyond Hashtags

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo showcases what about Putin's speech in New York seemed to resonate best with Russian-speaking Twitter users.

28 September 2015

Spartathlon, Where the Noble Spirit of Athleticism Humbly Prevails

Once a year, long-distance athletes from all over the world run 246 kilometers from Athens to Sparta, participating in what is considered the world's "most grueling race"—the Spartathlon.

Pussy Riot Performance in Banksy's Dismaland Highlights Plight of Refugees

RuNet Echo

Russian punk musicians and political activists Pussy Riot raised awareness of the cause of refugees in Europe with a violent and loud performance at Banksy's Dismaland park in London.

27 September 2015

Latin American Authors ‘Help’ to Rescue Andean Indigenous Languages

Works by Latin American writers, including Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez, will now be available in Quechua, an Andean indigenous language, thanks to a government initiative in Cusco.

25 September 2015

Social Media Cries Copywrong After American Rapper Lifts Trinidadian Photographer's Work

"All people are saying is that this is someone's intellectual property. When it was pointed out to you, all you had to do was apologise..."

24 September 2015

‘Halal’ Internet Advertisements Pop Up in Toronto, Canada

'Halal' Internet refers to Iran's national intranet project, but ads for censorship software associated with groups of parents protesting Ontario's sexual education curriculum are using the term.

Breaking Down Cultural and Racial Stereotypes About Latin Americans, One Joke at a Time

Flama uses humor to foster cultural understanding. Its collection of short videos seeks to address the complexity of Latin American identities and their sometimes-simplistic representation in North American society.

22 September 2015

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons of Alan Kurdi Spark Another Round of Free Speech Debates

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo kicks off a new free-speech debate with its latest cartoons about the refugee crisis and specifically deceased Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi.

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