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· March, 2014

Stories about Arts & Culture from March, 2014

Why Learning Italian Still Makes Sense

As Italian publishing company Alma Edizioni was busy organizing an event about the Italian language in Rome, they received an unexpected letter [it] from someone who defined himself as a...

Manga “1F” Takes You Inside Fukushima Nuclear Plant

A manga by artist going by the name Kazuto Tatsuta takes readers inside the crippled nuclear plant of Fukushima Dai-Ichi, or ichi efu (1F) – as insiders dubbed it –...

Documentaries from 29 Countries Are SIMA 2014 Finalists

These are films we want to watch! 37 powerful documentary films from 29 countries have been selected as finalists for the 2014 Social Impact Media Award (SIMA). The stories are...

Artists Re-imagine the ‘Woman Who Was Dragged’ and Killed by Brazil's Military Police

Blog Think Olga invited artists to send portraits of Claudia Silva Ferreira, a woman who was killed at the hands of Brazil's military police.

Haitian-American Filmmakers’ Web Series Invites Women to Live, Laugh, Love (Part 2)

For Part 2 of our post on the soon-to-be-released web series 3L, Global Voices speaks to Melanie Charles, a Haitian-American jazz vocalist who plays the lead role of Gaelle.

South Korea: Royal Gate Restoration, Corruption and Suicide

In recent months, particularly murky allegations over the royal gate restoration have unfolded in South Korea. The project's ‘chief carpenter’ is accused not only of using substandard wood, but stealing...

The “Happy Voting” Project Encourages Young Europeans to Vote

Drawing on the Pharrell Williams worldwide hit “Happy” and the associated equally renown music video (over 143 million views on YouTube), the Brussels-based film company Full Tunes Production has recently...

China Strengthens Censorship on Foreign TV Online

Companies will now have to employ government-approved censors to green light videos before they can be broadcast online.

Creator of Quirky Movement Defends Kremlin Propagandist

Artyom Loskutov, creator of "Monstration", signed a letter in support of odious propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov. Was he right to do so?

Australians Joust over Knights and Dames Revival

The revival of knights and dames had Australians all atwitter.

South Korea Singles Out Elderly Drives With ‘Silver Mark’

Seniors must place a special sticker on the back of their car to signify that they are elderly. Rates of fatal crashes involving seniors is on the rise.

Why Filipinos Became Early Adopters of Western Music

Le Minh Khai refers to the book of D. R. M. Irving in explaining the long history of Filipino musicians playing Western music: …there was a rich experience of musical...

Ukrainians Desperate to Flip the Script on Fascism

Photoshoped swastika is making the rounds on RuNet.

750 Million People Expected to Speak French by 2050

Countering the assertion by John McWhorter at the New republic that learning French is pointless, Pascal Emmanuel Gobry  writes on his Forbes blog that French might just be the language of...

Sifting Through Conflicting Versions of India and Pakistan's Shared Past

The History Project compiles narratives from Pakistani and Indian history books to expose biases in the treatment of the 1947 Partition of India.

Ukrainian Women's Sex Boycott Against Russian Men

A creative boycott is drawing the attention of Russian Internet users. Ukrainian women are organizing a new campaign called “Don’t give it to a Russian”—a sex embargo against Russian men.

State of Literature in Post-Dictatorship Myanmar

Writing for The Dissident Blog, James Byrne reviews the status of Burmese literature in the post-dictatorship era in Myanmar: When I was in the country last year there were poems...

Hungarian Far-Right Group Protests Against Fashion Designer

A group of far-right extremists occupied the exhibition opening of a Hungarian fashion designer on Friday, Kettős Mérce blog reported [hu]. The designer in question Koby's new fashion line was first withdrawn [hu]...

A Poem for #CongressOccupied Protesters in Taiwan

"Tonight, we are willing to be violent mobs for love"

Meet Crimea's New Anime Mascot, Natalia Poklonskaya

A definitive fan-art collection of Natalia Poklonskaya, the newly minted Prosecutor General appointed by the secessionist government of Crimea, who has captured the heart of RuNet and Japan.

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