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12 February 2016

It's Halftime in Russia

RuNet Echo

With oil prices tumbling and Russia’s economy on hard times, a carmaker is falling back on one of the industry’s most dependable marketing tactics: appealing to consumers’ sense of patriotism.

Italy's Gesture of ‘Respectful’ Self-Censorship for Iran Ends Up Offending Italians

"I don’t think President Rouhani would have been surprised to find there were nude statues in Rome."

11 February 2016

Incidents of Violence Spoil Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

Violence by band security and the discovery of a dead masquerader have put a dark cloud over Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2016.

10 February 2016

Ukrainian Artist Kseniya Simonova Shows Kazakhstan Through the Sands of Time

Kseniya Simonova shot to fame as a 'sand animator' after winning Ukraine's Got Talent in 2009.

Chinese Authorities Pressured a Bangladesh Art Summit Into Censoring a Tibet Exhibit

"The underlying threat to this message is: If you do not comply, we will cut economic ties or otherwise make it difficult for you."

Viewers Complain China’s Spring Festival TV Gala Was Way Too Political This Year

"The New Year's gala this year is awful, I feel like I’ve just watched a daily news broadcast but in gala form."

9 February 2016

Artists and Activists Unite in Support of Russia’s ‘Good People’

RuNet Echo

“I wish I could go to the detention center and sing, so the whole thing came down,” Anastasia said, describing her “ elven-princess” wish to free her imprisoned partner.

5 February 2016

A Dying Swan Resurrects Faith in the Creativity of Trinidad & Tobago Carnival

"No one else understands how to combine the mechanical principles and characters of the mas into a new work that says something about the world and our corner of it."

4 February 2016

Twitter-Based Doodling Community Inspires Creativity Across Eastern and Central Europe

Dozens of artists and amateurs take part in a Twitter-based drawing initiative every week with the aim of bringing more fun and art to the Internet.

Why Is a Russian Art Museum Granting Free Admission to Women Wearing 4-Inch Stilettos?

RuNet Echo

The music video has 32 million views in just three weeks. Even for one of Russia’s most popular rock bands, Leningrad’s new song stands out as an exceptionally popular hit.

1 February 2016

What Kicked Off in Uruguay that Lasts for 40 Days?

It lasts for 40 days and is considered the longest carnival in the world. The Uruguayan Carnival brings together traditions born Europe and Africa, and offers a whole lot more.

Jamaican Painter Barrington Watson Dies, Leaving Behind a Rich Visual Legacy

"He was the most highly trained artist, and he brought those academic principles to art."

Spaniards Fired up Over Photo of Bullfighter With a Baby in His Arms

From "irresponsible" to "guardian of traditions": A photo of a popular matador fighting a heifer with his baby in his arms provokes a strong and mixed reaction in Spain.

31 January 2016

Coldplay's New Video Featuring Beyonce Faces Backlash for Alleged Stereotyping of Indian Culture

"Beyonce's video is a problem because it's reductive, and uses India as a prop for capitalist gain. A land and culture she has no right to."

29 January 2016

Grandma March Day, the Balkan Tradition of Exchanging Handmade Amulets

Balkan countries have joined forces to preserve the custom and push for its inclusion on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage.

28 January 2016

Young Actors Bring Greek Mythology and Psychology to the Stages of Venezuela

The Bridge

In this Venezuelan youth theatre group's idiosyncratic adaptations of Greek classics, the roles shape the actors as much as the actors shape the roles.

Japanese TV Personality's Career Demolished After Affair With Married Musician

A relatively tame sex scandal highlights the unforgiving nature of Japan's entertainment industry.

The Nazi Plan to Relocate Jews to Madagascar, One of World War II's Forgotten ‘What Ifs’

Madagascar is not known for its role in World War II. Yet it was a central part of one of the darkest events of the war.

Crowdsourced Photography Website Showcases the Beauty of Everyday Life in Myanmar

As Myanmar prepares to pursue more reforms in the next few months, websites like Featured Collectives are essential in documenting everyday life in a rapidly changing society.

27 January 2016

Think Twice Before You Insult Peruvian Food

Peruvians can be protective of their national cuisine. Radio Ambulante's Daniel Alarcón spoke with two people who dared to speak their mind about the food, with very different results.

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