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23 March 2017

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

17 March 2017

After Planting the Caribbean in Our Collective Imagination, Sir Derek Walcott, ‘One of the Great Poets of All Time’, Has Died

"He showed that even the most humble village on a tiny island on the fringes of the world could be a place of epic beauty and significance."

15 March 2017

Disney’s New ‘Gay Moment’ Outrages Religious Conservatives in Malaysia and Singapore

Religious groups and state censors in Singapore and Malaysia are unhappy about the live-action remake of Disney's “Beauty and the Beast,” because of a “gay moment” in the film.

13 March 2017

Macedonians Mourn Folk Singer Vanja Lazarova, Whose Plight Inspired Facebook Activism

Vanja Lazarova became part of digital activism history in Macedonia after her tough circumstances late in life inspired the innovative use of Facebook as a tool to petition the government.

9 March 2017

Live Streaming at Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Brings Issue of Copyright Infringement Into Focus

"While this live streaming option has been praised in providing unique perspectives for current events and breaking news...[it] has provided more opportunities for infringement of copyright laws."

8 March 2017

Nyango Star, the Apple-Shaped Mascot Who Drums for Japan's Tohoku Region

"Anytime Nyango Star makes a public appearance it is to help Tohoku recover. The mascot isn't drumming for its personal gain but for its beloved home."

7 March 2017

Silicon Valley Giant Uber Caught up in Kazakhstan Wooden Stool Scandal

"Uber. Are you completely nuts? Is this what a Californian startup looks like?"

6 March 2017

These Light-Art Installations in Singapore’s Marina Bay Also Promote Energy Conservation

Look how some of Singapore's most iconic buildings become even more stunning during the “Light Festival,” where art installations from nine different countries are displayed at the Marina Bay waterfront.

5 March 2017

Japanese Art Lovers, New York's Metropolitan Museum Has 300,000 Gifts for You

Anyone can use the artwork for any purpose, as long as they credit the original donors of the artwork, as well as the Met itself.

In Kyrgyzstan, Gender Discrimination and Violence Get a Boost from Popular Culture

A popular new reality TV show and an advert for a construction company have enraged feminists by trivialising abuses against women.

India Bans Two Movies For ‘Being Too Lady-Oriented’ and ‘Glorifying Homosexuality’

"According to the Cinematography Act, a film can only be banned if it compromises on national security. What security is a romantic film on a gay couple compromising?"

4 March 2017

Reality and Homesickness Meet in Venezuelan Artist Leonardo Gonzalez's Colorful and Troubling Work

"Lots of people have found their voices represented in my drawings, and this motivates me to keep speaking for them."

As Starbucks Mulls Entry Into Jamaica, a Look at Coffee Culture (or Lack Thereof) in the Land of the Blue Mountains

Jamaica produces one of the world's highest quality coffee brands -- but does the country itself have enough of a coffee culture to support an international chain?

3 March 2017

Vybz Kartel Supporters Threaten Former Jamaican Culture Minister Over Remarks About Dancehall's Violent Lyrics

"I pray that Jamaicans who value common decency will push back against this new normal and defend Jamaica’s true culture. If we lose this battle, we will have lost Jamaica."

2 March 2017

Australian Children's Writer Mem Fox Says Her Detention at US Border Was ‘Traumatic’

"America I was already furious at you but now you've made Mem Fox cry I think we're officially DONE FOREVER."

1 March 2017

Russian Ex-Mayor Campaigns to Create ‘Putin–Superhero’ Art Show

RuNet Echo

An ex-mayor ousted by one of Vladimir Putin’s close allies is now looking to crowdfund the creation of a museum called “Putin-Superhero.”

27 February 2017

The Story of a Gay, Black Man From the Outskirts of São Paulo Who Became a Filmmaker

"I'm not ashamed of making my videos up here and showing the place I call home. This is my reality."

Obama, Japan's Fiery Start to Spring

Spectacular images of an annual fiery festival in Obama, Japan, that marks the start of spring.

25 February 2017

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival 2017 Crowns Its King and Queen

Birds, dragons, poetic Midnight Robbers, stilt walkers — the competition for the 2017 King and Queen of Carnival titles in Trinidad and Tobago was fierce. Here's what you missed.

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