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22 May 2017

A Photographer Shines Light on the Abuse Women Suffer at Illegal ‘Conversion Therapy’ Clinics in Ecuador

"My first thought was that it could be me held there and told that, as a gay woman, I needed to change."

17 May 2017

To Take a Stand for Love, Beirut Pride Had to Overcome Hate

A hotel where the first event was scheduled canceled on organizers after facing pressure from religious groups. But that hasn't stopped Beirut Pride from going forward.

16 May 2017

Dresden Musicians Take Reagan’s Advice for Gorbachev to the U.S.-Mexican Border

To protest against the border wall that divides the U.S. and Mexico, Germany's Dresden Symphonic Orchestra will stage an international concert with musicians on June 3, 2017, at the border.

11 May 2017

Pakistanis Are Outraged Over a Washing Machine Ad That Makes Light of Domestic Violence

"Disgusting ad....giving concept that a man should be proud among his friends on beating his wife"

Law Enforcement's Selective Crackdown Curbs Indie Music Space in Hong Kong

"...the latest raid seems more like part of a well planned campaign aimed at crashing every business that does not belong to the big business."

10 May 2017

Where to Find the Best African Food in Paris, According to the African Diaspora

Global Voices reviews of the best African restaurants in the Paris region, tried and tested by natives, as well as those discovering African food for the first time.

9 May 2017

Russian Pensioners Troll Opposition Leader in Awkward Rap Video

RuNet Echo

The video was produced by a fringe activist organization in Krasnodar called "Social Justice."

7 May 2017

Singer Teddy Afro's New Album Holds Fast to His Vision of a Diverse, Yet United Ethiopia

Known as the Bob Marley of Ethiopia, some claim that Teddy Afro’s songs represent a defeated ideology -- but his albums are generating record sales.

Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Uses His Ten-Second Defeat of Tai Chi Master to Challenge Chinese Kung Fu Bureaucrats

Have traditional Chinese martial arts devolved into too much performance and too little skill? One Mixed Martial Arts fighter thinks so, and has put his money where his mouth is.

The Proud Pacific Nation That Preserves Its Homeland With the Bikini Anthem

"No longer can I stay, it's true / No longer can I live in peace and harmony / No longer can I rest on my sleeping mat and pillow..."

6 May 2017

Photographer Chronicles Day-to-Day Life in Tokyo

From stunning portraits to cultural scenes that may not be around for much longer, Lee Chapman is passionate about documenting life in Tokyo.

There Is a Wall Along the Mexico-U.S.A. Border and I Want To Show What It Really Looks Like

The big and “beautiful” wall that some politicians promised to build, it already exists. But despite the massive metal fences and militarized checkpoints, love has no borders.

Jordan's Magic Sorcerers Continue to Be Sought After

"Looking at what we might call magic today or throughout Muslim traditions, in many cases it seems to expand the possibilities of what is thinkably 'Islamic'."

3 May 2017

Where Are All the Ordinary People in China's Hit Anti-Corruption Show ‘In the Name of the People'?

[The series] should have been called “Feudal Hereditary System”, as the drama suggests peasants’ children are likely to be corrupt officials and villains while officials’ children are mostly upright..."

30 April 2017

Police Raid on Kingston Dub Club Puts Noise Pollution Issue on Replay

One of Jamaica's "music/tourism gems" gets shut down by police after neighbours complain about the noise levels. But is there a compromise to be had?

29 April 2017

Despite Some Ambivalence, the Expanded Jamaica Carnival of 2017 Was a Hit

Jamaica Carnival is still considered an import from Trinidad and Tobago, but that doesn't mean that Jamaicans haven't been embracing the festival and its economic benefits.

Brazilian Graffiti Artists and Young Syrians Are Painting Refugee Camp Walls Together

Brazilian and Syrians are hand in hand on "Painting on Camps walls" of refugee's school camp in Lebanon's Beqaa and more walls of hope inside Syria.

25 April 2017

Port of Spain Explores Spaces for Public Art After Controversial Crackdown

Might online support for a small Trinidadian artist be the spark that finally creates sustainable display spaces for public art in the capital city?

23 April 2017

How the Symbols of Indonesia’s Hardline Muslim Groups Reached the Pages of Marvel Comics

"This artwork will be removed from subsequent printings, digital versions, and trade paperbacks and disciplinary action is being taken," according to a statement released by Marvel Comics.

Georgia's Five-Year-Old Prince Prepares to Reign

"It was a huge event that after two hundred years there was a baby baptized as Prince of Georgia."

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