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27 April 2016

Buenos Aires’ Not So Little Italy

Italian Argentines show their cultural legacy in different ways. In Buenos Aires' annual "Piccola Italia" festival, "Al Dente!" celebrates the country's Day of Italianness.

25 April 2016

Puerto Ricans Take Heart in ‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's Success

While Puerto Rico is in the midst of a financial crisis, dramaturg Lin-Manuel Miranda's success has brought happiness and hope.

23 April 2016

Goodnight, Sweet Prince: The Caribbean Bids Farewell to the Consummate Artist

"Going to wear assless pants and eyeliner out of respect. I guess this is why Doves Cry. ‪#‎Prince‬."

19 April 2016

How Pakistan's Taher Shah Is Taking Viral Culture to the Next Level

There are some incomprehensible English lyrics and some off-tune singing. But that isn't what Taher is about. He is creating viral art.

18 April 2016

The Awkward Story of How Russia's Top Pranksters Weren't Really Pranked

RuNet Echo

Journalist Elena Milchanovska says Russia's top pranksters aren't on the Kremlin's payroll, but they'd like to be. “Vovan and Lexus” say she's full of baloney.

17 April 2016

Georgian Fashion: The Next Big Thing?

Known to fashionistas simply as Avtandil, Tskvitinidze, 42, never left his hometown, and has no desire to do so: “Europe and the US are overcrowded.”

16 April 2016

A Vietnamese-American Man Captures the US Immigrant Experience in Poetry

Twenty-eight-year-old Ocean Vuong speaks of his experience coming from Vietnam to the US in his debut poetry collection "Night Sky with Exit Wounds."

Think You Know The Somali People? Think Again!

"The Somali people live to tell powerful stories, not only of loss and suffering, but also of hope and great resourcefulness."

14 April 2016

From Heartwarming to Hilarious, 6 Things People Are Sharing About Iran and Persian Culture on Social Media

"...now I fight against those who want to drag Iran into regression. With the hopes for the day when we can all...have a higher tolerance for each other."

12 April 2016

Colorful Rickshaw Paintings Protest Violence Against Women in Bangladesh

"We hope that words will thus roam around places and find their ways into people’s thought, leading us to a better tomorrow."

9 April 2016

‘They Call Me Haj Agha'—Gaming Iran's Revolution

Game designer Navid Khonsari tells the story of Iran's 1979 revolution in a game. "Making a game like this offers the opportunity to portray history...with shades of gray."

Meet Three Artists Painting the Streets of Kenya, South Africa and Tunisia

Artists Falko One, Wisetwo and Vajo are working to get Africa's graffiti community more visibility.

What Do People Tweet While Waiting for the Train to Go By?

Tokyo's 34,000 level rail crossings are an unmistakable feature of the city, and an unavoidable fact of urban life.

8 April 2016

‘Let's Not Give In to Fear': An Interview With Hugues Lawson-Body, Photographer of Celebrities and Parisian Youth

"I try to photograph young people just as they are. They are just as important as the adult generation, yet they suffer from neglect and need to be inspired."

7 April 2016

The Russian Art of Meta-Stalking

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

Russian photographer Egor Tsvetkov says his work exposes how “digital narcissism” often “provokes online stalking.” But is his latest project doing the same thing?

5 April 2016

In Bosnia, Defiance as Homophobia and Student Politics Collide

In most Balkan countries, homophobia is used as a political tool by right-wing populists to "divide and conquer". This often goes together with impunity for homophobic hate crimes.

3 April 2016

#IamSyrian, a Campaign to Make Every Syrian Proud

Moustafa Jacob, a Syrian artist, used the Oscars to kick off his campaign #IamSyrian. Little did he know that this initiative would snowball to showcase international solidarity with Syrians.

1 April 2016

Documentary Film About Brazil’s First Female Black Deputy Seeks Crowdfunding

The film’s producers launched a crowdsourcing campaign, seeking 6,000 USD to finance the production of 1,000 DVDs, which will be distributed freely in schools, universities, libraries, and cultural centers.

#NewPalmyra Crowdsources the Majestic History That ISIS Destroyed in Syria

In less than a year, Palmyra lost many of its archaeological monuments. A project founded by jailed Syrian activist Bassel Khartabil wants to restore the ancient city with 3D models.

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