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17 February 2019

Dapper former eye surgeon retrains sights on Afghanistan’s presidency

Few give 2014's runner-up Abdullah Abdullah a hope of winning and his entry into the race has given many a feeling of deja vu.

13 February 2019

Users flood Reddit with China censorship memes, balk at $150 million investment from Tencent

Advox

While Chinese companies regularly invest in US media companies, this makes for an unusual match.

12 February 2019

Nigeria's presidential elections — a test for democracy in Africa

"If the upcoming presidential election in Africa’s most populous country are free, fair and credible, it sets a strong example for the continent’s other democracies."

10 February 2019

‘Serene and committed.’ This legendary Afghan educator's legacy will burn brightly through generations

"This is a huge loss for Afghanistan, a country too poor when it comes to such figures."

In Bangladesh, vigilante justice leads to the death of three alleged rapists by self-proclaimed ‘Hercules’

In Bangladesh, three alleged rapists are executed by a vigilante who signs his victim's death "confessions" with the name 'Hercules'.

8 February 2019

Who will win Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's 2019 Road March?

A strong melody, a memorable refrain ... just some of the elements that make up the magical formula for a Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March.

31 January 2019

Dota 2 stormed Kyrgyzstan's state opera house and left a trail of destruction in its wake

A theatre boss looked to a cybersport tournament to generate much-needed revenue and got sacked for his troubles.

DigiGlot Newsletter: Welsh-language rock music finds a place on streaming music platforms

Rising Voices

Rising Voices' DigiGlot Newsletter provides a summary of initiatives, discussions, and breakthroughs related to the intersection of languages and technology around the world..

29 January 2019

Once-beloved youth magazine is accused of whitewashing legacy of Serbian Nazis

How did a magazine that enjoyed a cult status all over Yugoslavia seems to have betrayed its progressive values.

23 January 2019

Kazakh leader's grandson complains he is passportless after stint in ‘private Russian jail’

Aisultan Nazarbayev has a history of surprising compatriots with sensational social media posts.

Biryani Stories: Is Biryani the national dish of Pakistan?

Biriyani might be considered the king of South Asian cuisine, but is it the national dish of Pakistan?

14 January 2019

Rare film footage with sound of Kyoto, Japan, from 1929

What makes this film notable is that it features actual sound footage of Japanese city life at that time. Usually, newsreels from that era are silent.

9 January 2019

Revitalizing the Inuktitut language on social media, one word at a time

Rising Voices

"Learning, speaking-in and thinking-in Inuktitut helps young Inuit feel more connected to our community and traditional values."

4 January 2019

How preserving folktales and legends help raise environment awareness in the Mekong

Rising Voices

"By means of stories, the communities search for ways to accommodate and/or resist changes that are taking place in the Mekong river basin."

1 January 2019

New Year's Eve 2018 marked the end of an era in Japan

For Japan, 2018 was the year of Heisei saigo (平成最後), "the last time we'll do this in the Heisei era" — especially year-end New Year's events.

31 December 2018

Exploring Indo identity with Dutch photographer Armando Ello

"I have first hand experiences throughout my whole life. We live in a society that is still centered around colonial perspectives on history."

28 December 2018

2018 across sub-Saharan Africa: Our favorite stories of epic change and transformation

From long-time leaders stepping down to citizens rising up, a cautious hope surges alongside the continuous struggle. Here are our favorite stories from across Africa in 2018.

How the comics of Marcelo D'Salete helps us understand Brazil's past and present

"It could help change mentalities regarding the treatment of the diverse groups that we have in Brazil, countering a hegemonic vision, which frames these groups in different and unequal positions."

27 December 2018

New edition of Macedonian Twitter Calendar combines nude art photography with humanitarian fundraising

Macedonian Twitter users come together to support humanitarian causes by posing for a nude calendar.

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