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21 July 2016

A Protection Ritual to ‘Close the Body’ Links Different Religious Traditions in Brazil

The "closing of the body" is supposed to ward off evil. Followers of the Afro-Brazilian religions of Candomblé and Umbanda as well as some Catholics practice the ritual.

18 July 2016

Russian Artists Reimagine Pokémon Go With Soviet Cartoon Characters

RuNet Echo

Love Soviet cartoons? These Russian artists reimagined the beloved characters as creatures in the Pokémon Go game. Gotta catch all the Cheburashkas!

Meet the Nicaraguan Feminist Group Fighting Gender-Based Violence in Central America

The civic group La Corriente develops “actions that generate changes [for] equality, […] combining research, education, media, and the creativity of a team of people devoted to the feminist cause."

O Little Town of Danghara: Tajikistan Facebookers Mock Historical ‘Discovery’

"Adam and Eve were also from Danghara!"

17 July 2016

Puerto Rico’s Flag Is Black and in ‘Mourning’ Over US-Imposed Oversight Board

"Puerto Rico is fighting, lets strengthen the love between us and the space we inhabit by promoting respect, solidarity, tolerance, union, communication, and community cooperation."

These African and Scandinavian Musicians Create Sweet Sounds in Copenhagen

“A Swedish guy, and a Mozambican guy, and a Danish guy, they’re speaking one language, which is the music language."

Rappers Put Patriotism on Full Display in Tajikistan

Over two years ago, authorities stopped a nascent and subversive hip-hop movement in its tracks. That move has had predictable consequences.

16 July 2016

Myanmar's Online Community Anticipates Fall of Radical Buddhist Group with Funny Memes

"So you are saying that Buddhism, which has been a religion for 2,500 years will be destroyed if Ma-Ba-Tha does not save it and Myanmar will become a Muslim country?”

Recently Discovered Rock Paintings May Change Machu Picchu's History as We Know It

Machu Picchu returns to the headlines with the discovery of rock paintings about 100 yards away from the very well-known tourist destination.

15 July 2016

You Know You're a Child of the 1970s and 80s in Japan When…

"You had to open the car window like this," one Japanese Twitter user exclaimed, tweeting a photo of a manual window crank.

14 July 2016

The Fascinating World of Cold War-Era Hungarian Cartoons

Learn about some of the animated cartoons to come out of Hungary, from the darkly satirical "Gustav" to the family-friendly "Hungarian Folk Tales."

Japanese Fans Are Over the Moon for This Russian Figure Skater's ‘Cosplay’ Performance

"Medvedeva-chan, thank you indeed for loving Sailor Moon so much!"

13 July 2016

‘Playing for Change’ Promotes Peace and Inclusion Around the World Through Music

"Throughout our journey we have learned that music is the greatest tool for healing broken countries, cultures and hearts."

Ugandan President's Leisurely Roadside Phone Call Inspires the #M7Challenge on Twitter

"i think it would be a good way to say STOP TEXTING/CALLING WHILE DRIVING"

David Cameron's Resignation as UK Prime Minister Has a Theme Song, and It Goes ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo’

A hot mic captured Cameron singing after he announced his resignation, inspiring a wave of remixes, memes and commentary.

11 July 2016

A New Species of Beetle Named After President Xi Is Blacklisted on Chinese Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"An act of ass kissing now turns into ass kicking…"

10 July 2016

Amazing and Surreal Photos of Fireflies In Japan

The earth is a beautiful place.

9 July 2016

Iraqi Society Frowned Upon His Moonwalk, But He Kept Dancing Anyway

A year before he was killed, Adel Al-Jaf said: "One day I'll leave Iraq and go to a place where people love dancing and they're not fighting it."

‘Visions From The Inside’ Illustrates the Struggles and Resilience of Migrants Caught in US Detention Centers

Fourteen artists created illustrations based on the testimonies of migrants detained in for-profit detention facilities in the US.

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