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· May, 2011

Stories about Arts & Culture from May, 2011

Thailand: Foreigners banned from getting religious tattoos

Saksith Saiyasombut reacts to the order of a Thai government official banning foreigners from getting religious tattoos in Thailand

Thailand: 9 Film Festival

Wise Kwai reviews the 9 Film Festival in Thailand. The event features “nine short films, each nine minutes long and incorporating something about the No 9 in them.”

Russia: “My Perestroika”

Dina Fainberg of The Dustbin of History writes about My Perestroika – “a lovely documentary by an American film-maker [Robin Hessman] about how four classmates were affected by the changes...

Russia: OBEY Giant Poster Wonders ‘Who Set Up Strauss-Kahn?’

LJ-user groupper posts [ru] pictures of an illegal poster with OBEY Giant and a question in French and Russian: “Who set up Strauss-Kahn?” The poster hanging in front of the...

Philippines: Novelist Mired in Plagiarism Controversy

Alfred "Krip" Yuson, an award-winning Filipino novelist, achieved notoriety for allegedly plagiarizing an article by his subordinate in a mainstream news agency. Here are some reactions from the Philippine blogosphere

Southeast Asia Funk Music

Mr. Brown shares his collection of 60's and 70's Southeast Asia Funk music from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore.

Philippines: Short films of Kidlat Tahimik

Francis Cruz reviews the notable short films made by Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik.

Puerto Rico: Fractal is Looking for an Intern

The art blog The Fractal [es] is looking for an intern [es] to work on their project “Be Kind, Digitalize” [es].

Puerto Rico: Book by Julieta Munoz

The digital magazine 80 Grados [es] publishes a fragment of Julieta Muñoz Alvarado's most recent book [es] “Tarareando en clave el son de los 70.”

Kuwait: What happens when we mix a rainbow with a garbage ?

Shams Ali, from Kuwait, publishes on her blog An image and a thought [ar], images of artwork pieces that look like rainbows, but are made from …..garbage.

Palestine: The Insanity of Poetry

Damascus Remains, Throbbing Wounds, Insanity of Poetry, Tears in her Hands, Sword's Caravan and many other poems and reflections on women, human beings, war, heroism and the world by Ibrahim...

Arab World: Ibn Khaldun Gets Doodled and Tweeted

Considered the greatest Arab historiographer and historian, the philosopher Ibn Khaldun was born in present-day Tunisia in 1332. He is also known as the father of cultural history and modern...

Angola: Real Madrid ”Galacticos” in Africa!

afrik.com blog, believes that :”The news will without doubt, delight football fans in Africa. Real Madrid stars, will play their last game for this season, on May 25 in Luanda.”

Mexico: Consensus on Disapproval of TV Series: ‘The Team’

Mexican bloggers share their disapproval of the television series "The Team" ("El Equipo") that seeks to glorify the country's Federal Police. The series is set to be removed from the...

Russia: Peaceful Religious Co-Existence in Tatarstan

At OpenDemocracy.net, Oleg Pavlov writes about Jadidism, “an Islamic movement common among the Muslims in the Volga and Urals region,” and peaceful religious co-existence in Tatarstan.

Russia: Politicalized literature

Ernst Krenkel of Backyard Safari takes a closer look at [GER] Vladimir Sorokin's The Day of the Opritchniks and Nathan Dubovitsky's Near Zero and asks to what extent Russian literature...

Guyana: Dreaming of Utopia

“One day, we gon discard that box, push aside the ol’ habits, and think in ways that make the whole place sparkle”: Guyana-Gyal has a dream.

United States: A Blog for Rethinking the Hispanic World

In New York, the Hispanic cultural and artistic dynamism can be felt. Global Voices spoke with journalist and cultural critic Claudio Iván Remeseira about his blog Hispanic New York Project,...

Japan: Tokyo after the earthquake

Photographer Francis Harrison published a photo essay [en] that portrays Tokyo in the first few weeks after the earthquake.

Africa: Africa Day Celebrated on Twitter

Happy Africa Day! Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). In 2002 the OAU established its own...

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