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17 November 2017

Jordanian Cartoonist Goes to Trial For Drawing Jesus

Global Voices Advocacy

The cartoon commented on the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, which sold church property to Israeli settler groups to pay off church debt.

Argentine Documentary ‘Education in Motion’ Spotlights Grassroots Learning in Latin America

"The people know very well that the school is here, conquered by the struggle, it is in struggle and lives in struggle."

12 November 2017

A Look Inside China's Propaganda Bureaucracy

Global Voices Advocacy

How powerful is the Publicity Department of China's Communist Party? This article explores the history, functions, and expanding role of China's propaganda bureaucracy.

11 November 2017

Female-Run Restaurant Bends Back Social Barriers in Pakistan's Quetta

"Years ago, women’s lives were limited to the four walls of the house in Hazara Town, but it is no longer the case now."

10 November 2017

Amid the Vast Universe of the ‘Valerian’ Movie, Ukraine Gets a Special Shout-Out

The opening scenes of the film include a Ukrainian cosmonaut crew lead by a woman with the country's flag on her sleeve.

Traveling Japan by Bus… on YouTube

One YouTube user has traveled from one end of Japan to the other by local bus, uploading video of the entire trip.

Maung Maung Has Spent a Lifetime Collecting Gramophone Records in Myanmar

The retired police officer, teacher, and lawyer has amassed a collection of more than 100,000 gramophone records over six decades.

6 November 2017

Watch a Short History of Japan's Frighteningly Good Horror Films

A YouTube channel offers an excellent introduction to Japanese horror cinema.

5 November 2017

Bangladeshi Auto-Rickshaw Driver Sues Actor Shakib Khan for Using His Phone Number in Movie

The driver received more than 400 calls in five days from fans hoping to talk with the film actor. The calls affected his livelihood and nearly ruined his marriage.

3 November 2017

Award-Winning Malian Blogger Boukary Konaté Was a Teacher, a Trailblazer and a Friend

Boukary Konaté traveled to regions of Mali far away from the capital to train the younger generations in the basics of blogging and safeguarding their culture.

2 November 2017

Fire Balloon Competition in Myanmar's Taunggyi Celebrates ‘Festival of Lights’

Take a look at photos of the spectacular -- and sometimes dangerous -- tradition.

Despite Victories, the Fight for Afro-Mexican Recognition Has a Way to Go

"There are those who say...we are all Mexican and to think differently is to be discriminatory or racist. Those who assert this surely have not had their rights violated."

30 October 2017

Japan's Largest Diwali Celebration Featured Food, Dancing and a Naan Flatbread Mascot

Thanks to increasing ties between the two countries, the number of Indians living in Japan has increased over the past two decades to at least 28,000.

27 October 2017

Kyrgyz People of Central Asia Shocked to Be the Bad Guys in New Japanese ‘Tokusatsu’ Movie

In Japanese, the 'kyr' in 'Kyrgyz' sounds a lot like 'kill'.

22 October 2017

Why Is the US Celebrating an Iranian Socialist Wrestler?

"Takhti represented...a tradition, a universe of values with deep and ancient roots and in intense contradiction with the status quo."

Serbian Artists Arrested Following Anti-Authoritarianism Art Museum Protest

Activists were arrested for 'insulting' Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during the re-opening of a modern art museum in Belgrade.

Ukrainian Wikipedia Awards National Winners of ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ Photo Contest

The Ukrainian part of the global competition featured 356 participants, some 15,000 photos and over 1,860 natural heritage subjects.

Over 1,000 Chilean Films, Documentaries and Short Films Available Online

Curious about Chilean cinema and culture? Look no further!

15 October 2017

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

14 October 2017

Climate Change Is Claiming Aspen Groves—and the History of Basque Immigrants in the US

Basque sheep herders left their mark in remote forests across the American West across nearly a century. Now their words are being lost to climate change.

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