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Stories about Culture

An investment in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s future: Compensating survivors of wartime sexual violence

"Whether because of physical disability, psychological trauma or community stigmatization, many survivors face barriers to earning a living, which, unfortunately, may lead to a permanent reduction in their quality of...

Dissenting artist Ai Weiwei on Hong Kong: art would not be art if it cannot be done in the face of tyranny

'Art would not be art if it cannot be done in the face of tyranny… the artworks which fight for freedom are precious efforts of the human spirit.'

Former Surinamese president Dési Bouterse convicted of murder for the second time—but will he go to prison?

If Bouterse is not imprisoned after this second conviction, it will not sit well with many Surinamese who view him first and foremost as a murderer.

From vaxxing to doxxing: The social media power of Nicki Minaj

After reporter Sharlene Rampersad pressed Minaj's relatives for an interview by implying their privacy would be more quickly respected by her local news outlet than by CNN, Minaj doxxed her.

Forgotten history: American aeronaut Jeanette Van Tassel lies buried in Dhaka Christian Cemetery

A daredevil aeronaut from the US took part in the first manned balloon flight in present-day Bangladesh in 1892, which ended in a tragedy.

Asking for a cousin's friend: The viral load of Nicki Minaj's vaccine misinformation tweet

The controversial tweet followed others that dealt with COVID-19 vaccination, including Minaj's announcement she would forego the Met Gala because attendance was vaccine contingent and she hadn't done “enough research.”

Jamaican activist filmmaker takes on extractive industries in the Caribbean

"In 2020, there was a very popular narrative that the COVID-19 pandemic was saving Planet Earth [...] I created GEFF 2021 to counter this narrative, because it is simply untrue."

The construction of Chinese patriotic masculinity: ‘sissies will ruin the nation’

The Chinese regulators have banned effeminate images and idols on both television and video streaming sites since September 2, 2021.

Chinese soft power in Kyrgyzstan grows through culture and language

Still looking to publicize its language and culture in Central Asia, China is using the instrument of Confucius Institutes to strengthen its soft power in Kyrgyzstan

Dalit erasure, or how Rolling Stone India failed to demonstrate diligent storytelling

A special cover by pop culture magazine Rolling Stone India and music platform Majjaa carrying interviews of singers Dhee and Vincent de Paul stirred controversy and widespread displeasure.

‘If you thirst for freedom, seize it!’: The songs of the Belarusian uprising

The songs of protest that have become some the most vital symbols of the 2020 Belarusian revolution are varied in their origins and surprising in their complexity.

Hong Kong set to dismantle Tiananmen vigil host ahead of China's National Day

The Hong Kong Alliance, a group of opposition activists, is being dismantled following the arrest of its core members, further eroding what remains of Hong Kong's democracy.

Turkey and China in the eastern Mediterranean: Partners or competitors?

China and Turkey continue to collaborate on their visions for trans-continental integration, though should Ankara's political and military ambitions increase, Beijing might reconsider its role as a reliable BRI partner. 

Artists join activists in protest to save a water reservoir in Kazakhstan's capital

A group of contemporary artists and activists joined forces to protest the urban developments at the Malyi Taldykol water reservoir in Kazakhstan's capital city.

The origins of ‘liming’ in Trinidad and Tobago

"A most interesting ‘thread’ bringing out all kinds of intriguing prejudices (positive and negative) and biases."

Literary translation from South Asia lags in international markets

Global Voices talked to Jenny Bhatt, an Indian American writer, literary translator, and book critic about her recent literary translations and South Asian literature's prospects in the international market.

China's crackdown on business, media and entertainment sectors is packaged as a ‘profound revolution’

China started a heavy-handed clampdown on the private corporate sector from Big Tech companies to property developers near the end of 2020. The crackdown then extended to education, culture and...

Is a revival of Tatar selfhood possible despite Russia's identity politics?

Can the political limitations on the use and teaching of native languages in Russia propel the revival of Tatar national identity?

Turkey's struggle against natural disasters: wildfires, drought, floods, and a possible earthquake

In light of recent natural disasters and weak governmental response, many wonder whether the government is prepared to handle its worst disaster yet — a possible earthquake in Istanbul.

Khaby Lame exposes Italy’s citizenship flaws and the plight of Black content creators on TikTok

Lame’s rise to stardom comes at a time when, for every Black TikTok sensation like him, there are several white influencers on the app that are making far more money.

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