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· July, 2015

Stories about Arts & Culture from July, 2015

30 July 2015

Need to Thank the Saints? Mexico Has You Covered

Retablitos, a form of popular art in Mexico made to give thanks for miracles, reflect people's daily anxieties and social realities. You can find collections of them online.

29 July 2015

To Ululate or Not to Ululate for President Obama? Kenyans Are Asking That Question

The art of ululation is very common in African culture. Was a Kenyan TV host who ululated while welcoming Obama being unprofessional?

Funny Cartoons Illustrate People's Concerns as Election Draws Near in Myanmar

Political cartoons about erroneous voters' lists, pre-election campaigning, military rule, and the president's desire to serve a second term have been widely shared on Facebook.

28 July 2015

Eiffel Tower Plans? Beware of the ‘Paris Syndrome’

The City of Lights can be both appealing and anxiety-inducing. Here are how some visitors, notably the Japanese, have experienced the city and the feedback from Parisians.

27 July 2015

Unintentionally Amusing Illustrations Found in Japanese Textbooks

"Thanks to these illustrations, I'm unable to concentrate while studying, haha."

Afghans Nail #GrowingUpAfghan on Twitter

"My dad just asked me to make him tea when it's 84 degrees outside #GrowingUpAfghan."

26 July 2015

How to Explore Japan By Train Without Ever Leaving Home

There are thousands of YouTube videos that can let you explore almost every part of Japan by train from your own computer.

24 July 2015

As Ukraine Bans Russian TV Shows for ‘Propaganda,’ Local Channels Put Up a Fight

RuNet Echo

With Ukraine banning a number of Russian TV shows that "glorify the Russian government, military, and law enforcement," Ukrainian television channels are already looking for loopholes in the new legislation.

22 July 2015

Israel's Business Style: Drop the Niceties, Speak Your Mind

Intel's guidebook on working with Israelis highlights Israel's workplace norms, which value direct communication and action, things that can be interpreted as rude in other cultures.

21 July 2015

Indonesians in Taiwan Find a More Welcoming Atmosphere on Eid al-Fitr Than in Years Past

Although Indonesians' public celebrations of Eid al-Fitr in the past were met with hostility, Taiwanese have learned to respect this Muslim holiday and help their Indonesian friends celebrate it.

20 July 2015

Eid in the Time of War in Yemen

Despite shelling and the continuing airstrikes, some Yemenis managed to celebrate Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

A Musician Convicted of Rape Released After He Sings the Praises of Zambia's President

"Clearly, President Lungu is increasingly becoming a danger not only to the nation but more specifically to the welfare of the girl child in Zambia."

19 July 2015

Australia's Archibald Art Prize: ‘Who Says Crime Doesn't Pay?’

An armed robbery links the artist and his subject in the winning entry for Australia's 2015 Archibald Prize for portraiture.

17 July 2015

Humanizing Politics and Building Bridges: Katie Brown's Literature-Based View of Venezuela

A researcher from the United Kingdom talks to Global Voices about Venezuela's contemporary literature and how local fiction helps decipher a country misunderstood by many.

Explaining the Appeal of the Song ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ Across Africa and Beyond

"Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" means "Lord Bless Africa" but its message resonates at a deeper level for many Africans and non-Africans alike.

15 July 2015

Developer, President, Gamer: the World Says Goodbye to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

Popular Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has died, leaving gaming fans around the world to mourn his loss.

Travel Back in Time With These Photos of Early 20th-Century Cambodia

We searched the online library of the French Archives and found rare images of Cambodia in the 1920s and 1930s.

14 July 2015

Bangladesh's Rich Iftar Tradition in 12 Spectacular Photos

The streets in Bangladesh's capital are turning into open buffets for iftar, the sunset meal during the Islamic month of fasting.

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