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Stories about Culture

3 August 2018

No Shame: How an online initiative in Kazakhstan is helping youth protect their sexual health

The Bridge

UyatEmes.kz is out to tackle the stigma that surrounds sex education in the former Soviet republic.

2 August 2018

Montenegro disagrees with Trump that they are a threat to world peace

Nobody except Trump can imagine that Montenegro would start a war with Russia, even though there were many old Yugoslav jokes about Montenegro starting a war with China.

Juliana Mbengono Elá Avomo: Bringing arts and culture to the youth of Equatorial Guinea

"Given the inequalities that we experience between women and men, I feel obliged to reclaim my rights and I do it through my literature."

27 July 2018

From state censorship to western stereotypes, an interview with Iranian artist Maryam Palizgir

Maryam Palzigir's experience fought against both state censorship of artistic expression in Iran and now Western stereotypes of Iranians in the U.S.

Will a World Cup joke force France to have a necessary conversation about Africa?

The Bridge

"By calling them an African team it seems you are denying their Frenchness."

26 July 2018

Go sightseeing in Japan, right on YouTube

What makes the videos useful for travelers or anyone interested in Japan is each video includes annotations in English, with time stamps, of what particular sightseeing spot is on screen.

24 July 2018

Why Bamyan province brings out the best of Afghanistan

"These pictures give us a clear message: security, awareness and gender equality. I wish to have such gatherings in all provinces."

20 July 2018

“Because we're here. Because we exist”: Nofi ‘Black and Proud’ challenges representation in French media

"I want us to be unavoidable. So we can offer an answer to this question of representation." Global Voices interviews the founder of Nofi, the first French black media channel.

18 July 2018

Bombings in Pakistan ahead of elections kill 170, thwarting hopes of a peaceful vote

One bombing alone, in Balochistan, killed 129 and injured dozens -- the deadliest attack in Pakistan since Taliban shooters killed 141 in an army-run school in Peshawar, in December 2014.

Parkour for peace: Kabul youth turns war-pocked landscape into a playground for dare devils

"When we tried to attend parkour events in Europe our visa applications were refused just because we hold Afghan passports."

14 July 2018

What's the story behind the samurai walking a cat, anyway?

The image depicting a shoeless samurai walking an armored cat pops up on social media from time to time.

13 July 2018

‘In a lot of the post-colonial world, so much of what really drives us is suppressed’

"The majority of students are black. It’s not so much a colour as the fact that they come with emotional relationships to the rest of the world that are different."

11 July 2018

Iranian authorities arrest ‘Instagram celebrities’, in effort to assert control over social media

Advox

Iranian authorities announce plans to filter Instagram because of the evils of "Instagram celebrities". A few days later, the state broadcaster reveals the arrest of several "Instagram celebrities."

7 July 2018

Censorship in Uzbekistan: The more things change, the more they stay the same?

Advox

We last spoke with Umida Akhmedova before Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov died in 2016. Is life any easier for artists now he is gone?

29 June 2018

Q'eswachaka, the last Inca bridge that keeps communities together

Every year in June, four Peruvian rural communities from Cusco get together to renew Q’eswachaka, the last Inca bridge.

28 June 2018

Simone Veil, the Immortal: A conversation with author Pascal Bresson on Veil's human rights legacy

"Beyond her image of rectitude and honesty, Simone Veil was, first and foremost, a woman who embodied her era and her struggle."

25 June 2018

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh jailed on national security charges for representing hijab protesters

"If you ask me what the authorities are thinking deep inside, I will tell they just want Nasrin to sit at home and...and stop defending civil and political activists..."

20 June 2018

That time when the Japanese Ultraman franchise held a funeral for its monsters

What happens in Japan when you experience bad luck? A funeral may be one solution...

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.

Guyana's LGBT community hosts its first ever gay pride parade

"#Guyana is the only South American country where homosexuality is still illegal. It just held its first LGBT Pride parade. Let's hope decriminalisation is next..."

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