Stories about Arts & Culture from September, 2011
Brazil: A Thousand Days for the World Cup 2014
It is already less than one thousand days for the next World Cup, in 2014 in Brazil, and Rodrigo Cárdia, from the blog Cão Uivador (Howling Dog) asks [pt] himself if there is anything good about it.
Bhutan: Busy People Suck
D Stehle writes from the land of the highest gross national happiness that “busy people suck”.
Brazil: University Campus Closed Due to a “Legalize” Party
The Rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), Dirceu de Melo, ordered closing down the main campus on September 16, to prevent the First Festival of Cannabis Culture [pt] – a party seeking to discuss the legalization of marijuana among students, informs us [pt] Ivan de Sampaio,...
Philippines: Filipinos Abuzz With Miss Universe Results
And third runner up goes to…Miss Philippines! Shamcey Supsup's success has been the cause for much celebration and cheering in the Philippines at the conclusion of the 2011 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant held at Sao Paolo, Brazil. Filipinos both online and offline are talking about the result.
Cuba: A Very Painful Issue
El Taburete [es] reposts singer-songwriter Vicente Feliú's statement on the controversy ensued after renowned artist Pablo Milanés publicly criticized the Cuban government.
Cuba: Thoughts on “Habanastation”
Negra Cubana [es] comments on Habanastation, a Cuban fim about two kids from Havana.
China: Wall Lords graffiti battle in Chengdu
Charlie from Chengdu Living blogs about the Wall Lords graffiti battle in Chengdu in last weekend. The event took place at a just-constructed church on the outskirts of Chengdu. The blogger has posted a large number of photos to show the creative process.
Jamaica: “Ma Lou”‘s Art
National Gallery of Jamaica Blog profiles another art pioneer: “Louisa Jones…popularly known as Ma Lou…a national treasure and a master practitioner of the African-Jamaican pottery tradition.”
Colombia: Politics in Street Art
LatAm Communiqué posts pictures of political posters, graffiti, and murals in Bogotá, Zipaquirá, Popayán, and Medellín.
North Korea’s First Cruise Ship Draw Harsh Reviews
Bearded Wiseman from the 2Oceansvibe site wrote about North Korea's first cruise ship, calling it a ‘bit of a joke’.
Pakistan: Speaking Out the Unspoken – Gawaahi
Information and communications technology (ICT) has long been hailed as a harbinger of a global change. Gawaahi is one such venture that aims to bring to fore underrepresented voices of Pakistani society by coupling ICT with social activism.
Puerto Rico: Tuning In to a New Voice For Political Satire
En Serio is a new political satire program broadcast on TV and through the web. It’s inspired mainly by successful American political satire shows, and the team of hosts and producers have adapted those influences for a young Puerto Rican audience.
Iran: Protest Art to Save Lake Urmia
Protesters took to the streets again on Monday in Ardabil, in Iran's Azarbaijan's region, to demand that the Iranian government save Lake Urmia, one of the world's largest salt water lakes. Fred Petrossian reports.
Ukraine: Photographing the TB Epidemic
Ukrainian photographer Maxim Dondyuk (@dondyuk) is documenting the TB epidemic in Ukraine: “Each day 30 people die. Each year takes more than 10,000 lives.” Dondyuk's powerful, heartbreaking photographs of TB patients can be viewed online on his Tumblr blog [ru], his website, and on Lightstalkers.com [en]. On Sep. 15, an...
Trinidad & Tobago: Intellectual Property Guideline
Mark Lyndersay on yet another instance of copyright infringement: “If an image, or a video, or a story or any other intellectual property is still owned by its creator, whether or nor it's being actively exploited, the right to make use of that work remains with its creator until a...
Iran: Opposition leader and “News of a Kidnapping”
Cafe 35 blog writes Mir Hussein Mousavi, one of opposition leaders who has been under house for seven months, told to his daughters ” if you want to know my situation, read Gabriel García Márquez‘s ” News of a Kidnapping.”
Cuba: Rotilla Festival Canceled
Journalist, blogger and GV author Elaine Díaz has written a series on the controversial cancelation of the electronic music festival Rotilla [es].
Ukraine: Crimean Tatar Language on Twitter
Hirano Takaci (@hiranotakaci), a Lviv-based photographer and teacher of the Japanese language, has recently launched a Twitter bot – @ukr_crh – that posts Ukrainian words/phrases and their Crimean Tatar (Qırımca) translations. “The thing is, I've been searching but haven't found any Ukrainian-language books about the Crimean Tatar language,” he explained...
UK: Vasily Grossman's “Life and Fate” on BBC Radio 4
Sarah J. Young writes about BBC Radio 4's “adaptation of Vasily Grossman’s vast and still under-appreciated novel Life and Fate” (the first episode is scheduled to be aired on Sept. 18).
Japan: Most rational, least traditional country?
Hashi at Tofugu blogs about the World Values Survey results that show that Japan is “one of the most rational, least ‘traditional’ countries out there” and tops the list of countries as having the strongest secular-rational values.
Barbados: Pirating Scandal via Wikileaks
Barbados Free Press draws attention to another Wikileaks cable which suggests that two years prior to a police sergeant being “arrested and charged with taking bribes to allow a counterfeit DVD ‘pirate’ to operate, a US Embassy cable lamented the fact that he and the Barbados Police were unsuccessful in...