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Stories about Culture

Nepal’s wild elephants are also on the move

This year, because of the lack of human movement caused by COVID-19 restrictions, elephant herds shifted the path of annual migration from India into Nepal, marching right through the village.

Green playlist: Asian short films on protecting the environment

These films feature the struggles of various communities across the Asia-Pacific region as they defend their lands, environment and cultural heritage.

New report details gross violations of humanitarian law in Second Nagorno-Karabakh War

A new report details extensive violations by Armenian and Azerbaijani forces of international humanitarian law during the Second Nagorno-Karabakh War, including unlawful bombing, extrajudicial killings, and torture. 

Final verdict against war criminal Ratko Mladić brings relief, denialism, but not closure

Serbian tabloids rushed to denounce the decision as evidence of anti-Serb bias and hailed Mladic as a hero.

Armenia and Azerbaijan exchange detainees and critical information in breakthrough diplomatic deal

The deal was brokered by the US, Europe and Georgia was hailed as a "first step towards renewing confidence."

Remembering Asia’s first Pride march in Manila

Two organizers of the historic 1994 Manila Pride shared their reflections about the legacy of the protest and the continuing struggle to fight for LGBT+ rights

Germany recognizes colonial-era genocide in Namibia, but survivors say it's not enough

More than 100 years after the genocide of Namibia’s Ovaherero and Nama ethnic groups, Germany acknowledges its guilt and will fund projects in Namibia over a period of thirty years.

Barbados’ prime minister chastises musicians for violent lyrics; artists defend freedom of expression

Prime Minister Mia Mottley dismissed the “artistic license” defence by noting that some people in Barbadian society lack the maturity required to not interpret the musical message literally.

Myanmar’s long history of revolutionary poets

In Myanmar's history, poets have shown solidarity with the ordinary people and have been at the frontline in every revolution.

Pop-rock music and changing attitudes to the personality cult of Josip Broz Tito

" ... the generations of children born in Yugoslavia in the 1970s reacted to the break-up of the value system that put Tito on a pedestal with a growing dose...

No wedding, no live music: Macedonian musicians protest selective reduction of COVID-19 restrictions

Performers have lost their patience, taking to the streets in protest after having been ‘thrown to the streets’ due to their inability to work.

‘We have to find something in ourselves': Vincentian photographer Nadia Huggins on the fallout of La Soufrière

"Food security and architecture; to me, they're the most interesting aspect of this whole eruption."

Transformation through eruption: Vincentian photographer Nadia Huggins captures La Soufrière

Photographer Nadia Huggins has been chronicling the activity of St. Vincent's La Soufrière: "This gradual process of the landscape being transformed through these eruptions is interesting to me."

Hong Kong authorities warn of 5-year prison term for attending Tiananmen Massacre vigil

The security bureau warned that under the Public Order Ordinance, offenders will face up to five years in prison for attending, or one year for promoting, the vigil.

South Asian examples show the centrality of nature in indigenous art

Modern societies can learn much from indigenous art about the importance of nurturing our relationship with nature.

Czechia's Muslim women celebrated Ramadan with mixed experiences

How do Muslim women feel in Prague, and how does Female Ramadan in Prague go?

Trinidad and Tobago loses two cultural icons on the same day

Though lost under very different circumstances, condolences pour out to the families of steelpan arranger Bobby Mohammed and dance icon Torrance Mohammed, both giants in their respective fields.

European Parliament calls for ‘immediate’ and ‘unconditional’ release of Armenian prisoners

On May 20, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Azerbaijani government to release all Armenian prisoners of war and civilian captives.

‘Kakoli Furniture’ viral video spawns funny memes in Bangladesh and West Bengal

A low budget video advertisement containing a repetitive six-word sentence “Low price, good quality, Kakoli Furniture” has become an online sensation in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India.

Ukraine commemorates 77th anniversary of Crimean Tatar deportation

The trauma and memory of the deportation remain central to the history and identity of the Crimean Tatars and have gained renewed attention since Russia's occupation of Crimea in 2014.

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