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Stories about Culture

18 June 2018

Balkan right-wing populists continue attempts to rehabilitate the legacies of World War II Nazi collaborators

Revision of the history of World War II is an important element of extremist right-wing indoctrination in Europe and recent examples from Serbia and Croatia indicate complacency of ruling elites.

9 June 2018

Japan's Hirokazu Kore'eda wins big at Cannes. Here's a short selection of his films.

"I have never made a film to praise or to criticize something. That kind of filmmaking is nothing but propaganda."

8 June 2018

The death of Afonso Dhlakama: Mozambique's legendary politician and ex-guerilla leaves a legacy

Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama was "a hero for some and a villain, maybe even the devil, for others. The reasons for considering him as one or the other are fair."

5 June 2018

Boycott against Argentinian musician in France sparks debate on cultural appropriation

The cancellation of Argentinian reggaeton singer Romina Bernardo by Black French activists open the door to discussions about appropriation that had so far had little space online.

1 June 2018

Argentinians are mocking the president's penny-pinching advice for citizens with higher utility bills

"If you don't have gas or electricity, I can teach you how to make a fire. You just take a stick and rub your hands together," one meme sarcastically says.

31 May 2018

Kazakhstan commemorates Stalin’s Terror

Government critics argue that Kazakhstan has never had a frank debate about the legacy or lessons of its totalitarian past.

27 May 2018

‘Bocamandja': The theatrical adventure strengthening Equatorial Guinean culture

"When the actors and actresses have spent some time working you realise that they have an interior defiance which makes them face things head on."

25 May 2018

Macedonians manage to joke about a serious naming dispute with Greece

Although most citizens of the Republic of Macedonia consider the naming dispute with Greece a serious matter, some have dealt with it through humor and satire.

24 May 2018

Eight decades later, prejudice between Jordanians and Palestinians persist

While the time living together surely dawns a sense of peace among the two peoples, complete harmony is still not present in certain aspects of life.

20 May 2018

Photo essay: Stateless in the former Soviet republic of Georgia

"Citizenship is all I need to heal the scar of not belonging."

15 May 2018

Trinidadian photographer Maria Nunes pays tribute to ‘Carnival dreamers and makers’ in new book

"For me it’s about immersion. It’s about going all out, no half way business. Also, as a photographer I see myself as a participant too, not a spectator."

Family-run movie theater in northeast Thailand survives decades of changes

"We have always been adapting to people’s changing tastes. That’s why we redesigned the theater three times. Our business is family-run and our employees are mostly relatives."

Georgia's protests pit nightlife against nationalists

"We were on the cusp of civil confrontation!"

14 May 2018

Serbia remains silent on cultural heritage devastation by its populist regimes

Serbian art historian Živko Brković has been targeted by threats and suffered burglaries after he demanded accountability from the current Serbian regime in regards to mishandling state-owned artworks.

13 May 2018

Bangladesh blasts off with their first ever satellite launch into space

"Successful deployment of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed. Maybe this is how a country changes. So proud."

12 May 2018

A new era for Malaysia after voters end six-decade reign of ruling party

"Barisan Nasional is no longer our ruler. A few hours from now, the sun will begin to rise over the horizon. How poignant.. we'll see a new Malaysia greeting us."

9 May 2018

As Russia's government effort to ban Telegram falters, digital activists are pranking the censorship agency

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Tech-savvy Russians are having fun at the censorship agency's expense while it's attempting to ban their favorite messenger.

Hijabs and mini-skirts: What not to wear in Tajikistan

Tajikistan issued a pictorial guide showing the "recommended" dress for women, and promised to do the same for men as well.

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