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· January, 2010

Stories about Arts & Culture from January, 2010

Ukraine: Salo

The Pickle Project writes about salo, “the adored raw pork fat enjoyed on its own and in many of timeless Ukrainian dishes.”

Russia: Miss Virtual Yakutia 2010

eYakutia posts an update on the ongoing Miss Virtual Yakutia 2010 contest.

Serbia, Russia: Author Awarded for Book on Ratko Mladić

A Slice Of Serbian Politics reports on the award given by the Union of Russian Writers to Ljiljana Bulatović for her book “Report to the General”: “Ljiljana was awarded in...

Kazakhstan: “Kelin” Shortlisted for Oscar

Mursya writes that the Kazakh film “Kelin” (“The Daughter-in-Law,” directed by Ermek Tursunov) was shortlisted with 8 others for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Russia: Vladimir Vysotsky

St Petersblurb and Leopolis pay tribute to Vladimir Vysotsky, who would have turned 72 on January 25.

Iran: Green Tune to Support Protest Movement

A ring tone for a song which motivated young Iranians to go to the front and fight during the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s is making the rounds again in...

Syria: A Short Story

Medad blog published a sarcastic short story [ar] depicting a Muslim cleric and a Christian cleric passionately discussing virtue and interfaith understanding as each of them tries to claim a...

Malawi's President to formally declare new love on Valentine's Day

Malawians are digesting news that the country's president Dr Bingu wa Mutharika will engage his former tourism minister Callister Chimombo on Valenetine's Day 14 February. A couple of bloggers have...

Japan: Micro-gardens

Palmsundae from Tokyo Green Space blogs about the micro-gardening practice in old Tokyo neighborhood.

South Korea: Why do Koreans like cute things?

Ask a Korean! tries to answer the question on why Koreans like cute things.

Haiti, Poland: “Lost Polish Tribe on Haiti”

“Poland and Haiti – who would have thought…?” Raf Uzar writes about “the most intriguing group of people among Poland’s huge diaspora” – the “Poles of Haiti.”

Russia: How To Dress In Yakutia In Winter

AskYakutia.com explains “how to dress in Yakutia in the middle of winter.”

Hungary, Slovakia: Open Borders, Assimilation, Nationalism

Hungarian Spectrum writes about nationalism, assimilation, open borders, Hungary's minorities and the Hungarian diaspora in the neighboring countries.

Russia: Book Written Using Collective Efforts Online

Russian writer Evgeny Popov decided to create his new book using online input from readers of his blog. The author publishes every chapter of the book [RUS] online with several...

MENA: Breaking the veils

AltMuslimah reviews the exhibition Breaking the veils: Women artists from the Islamic World, which contains art and literature from women in over 20 countries, including Palestine, Yemen and Morocco. The...

South Asia: The Dream Of Visa-less, Peaceful Coexistence

Pakistani blogger Raza Rumi attended the SAARC folklore festival held in Chandigarh, India and commented: “It will take years, perhaps decades, but the dream for a visa-less, peacefully coexistent countries...

Korea: Translating The Tweets Of Novelist Lee Oisoo

Lee Oisoo is a Korean novelist and artist who has been described as "an eccentric, a genius and a lunatic". When he set up a Twitter account last year he...

Russia: Lyudmila Alexeyeva; “Zhivago's Children”

IZO links to a New York Times’ profile of the 82-year-old Russian dissident Lyudmila Alexeyeva (who blogs in Russian at http://lm-alexeeva.livejournal.com/) – and to a review of Vladislav Zubok's Zhivago's...

Peru: The Loss of Local Rock Radio Stations

Peruvian radio stations catering to fans of rock music are being taken off the air, with business reasons often cited as the reason. However, many bloggers say there is still...

Trinidad & Tobago: Carnival Again

“Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. Anyone can play”: My Chutney Garden is gearing up for the national festival.

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