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21 May 2016

How a Self-Taught Translator Created a Literary Masterpiece One Word at a Time

Deborah Smith only started to learn Korean six years ago. Her translation of Han Kang's book "The Vegetarian" just won the Man Booker International Prize for fiction.

17 May 2016

27 Graffiti Murals From São Paulo's Suburbs That You Should Check Out

While graffiti from São Paulo's central neighborhoods are featured in international travel guides, those from the suburbs remain relatively unknown, even for the residents of Latin America's largest city.

16 May 2016

Cameroonian Rapper Valsero Launches a Scathing Musical Attack on President Biya's 33-Year Rule

"Look at these youths! All they dream of is to go far away / Look at these youths! They’ve lost the will to fight because it’s not worth it"

Russians Aren't Happy About Losing Eurovision, But They Weren't Happy Before, Either

RuNet Echo

Russia's narrow defeat this weekend in the 2016 Eurovision music contest wasn't the only tension in a competition full of lights, pyrotechnics, and nationalism.

Kenyan Blogger and Photographer Goes Missing

Global Voices Advocacy

Before disappearing, he wrote on Facebook about how his arrest and 'terrorism suspect' label have destroyed his career and livelihood.

14 May 2016

A Hub for African Digital Art, From Science Fiction Maasai Warriors to Star Wars Re-Imagined in Africa

What if after an annihilation of humans by a lethal virus brought by aliens, the only survivors were the beautiful and strong Maasai people?

13 May 2016

Macedonia’s Government Is Subsidizing Bad Patriotic Rock Music and People Aren’t Happy

The selection of music involves categories such as "compositions that affirm the history of Macedonia" and "compositions that affirm family values and families with multiple children."

12 May 2016

Happy 50th Birthday to Rana, Masud Rana, Bangladesh's Very Own James Bond

"But for the 90s kids like me, Rana and Kazi Anwar Hussain are legends. I am indebted to them as they showed the world to me through those books."

The King of Congolese Rumba Has Died. This Is His Legacy.

We have lost Papa Wemba, Congolese rumba pioneer and the “King of Sape”. “Farewell to the artist and thank you,” says Global Voices.

Were Authorities Really Tricked Into Hosting a Cultural Revolution Throwback Concert? Chinese Are Skeptical.

"It is impossible for 56 Flowers to perform at the Great Hall of the People without prior approval from central authorities..."

11 May 2016

Iranians Lip-Sync Their Love for Music Maestro Mohammed-Reza Shajarian in Tribute Video

"Shajarian, voice of the people of Iran: #Maestro_we_love_you #Shajarian"

7 May 2016

Meet Japan's Biggest YouTube Star

Who is one of the most popular YouTube stars you have never heard of? Here's a hint: he lives in Japan.

Iran's Shrinking Lake Urmia Comes Under the Spotlight, Thanks to Hollywood's Leonardo DiCaprio

"I asked if they knew what disaster would befall us if the lake were to dry up. They said, if it goes dry, we'll just have to go somewhere else."

Indians Applaud a Journalist's Passionate Takedown of a Body-Shaming Facebook Meme

"We judge her everything merely on the basis of her size and colour of her skin," wrote Tiyash Mukhopadhyay about a popular meme featuring Oscar-nominated Hollywood actress Gabourey Sidibe.

6 May 2016

‘Graffitours’ Capture a Colombian Community's Painful Past and Search for a Better Future

"We tell this story with great sadness, but we have to keep the memory alive. The memory must never be lost..."

The Fascinating History of Colombia's Currency, in 140 Characters or Less

On Twitter, @MonedasColombia shares facts about Colombia's currency. For example, did you know that 100 years ago, the National Bank released a 25 peso bill with a dog on it?

4 May 2016

The Long History of One Greek Island’s Temporarily Canceled Easter ‘Rocket War’

"Everything is dangerous when you're not prepared. When you are prepared and you have taken the right measures, there is less danger."

Two Years Without Gabriel García Márquez: A Tribute

The Bridge

On meeting Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, and highlights from a discussion about the novelist at the 2016 International Congress of the Spanish Language.

3 May 2016

One Woman's Experience Breaking India's Feminine Ideal—With a Mohawk

"I constantly had to explain myself to others. There were whispers, giggles and derogatory comments: 'She’s gone butch.'"

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