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· August, 2012

Stories about Arts & Culture from August, 2012

China: Mahjong Obsession

Peru's Feminist Activist-Artist: María María Acha-Kutscher

Peruvian feminist, activist and visual artist María María Acha-Kutscher is using the Internet to share her work. From Mexico's Frida Kahlo to Spain's "indignadas" (outraged) and Russia's Pussy Riot, Acha-Kutscher's...

Syria: Ali Farzat Insults Al Arabia Anchor for her Sect

Saudi Arabia: Ramadan Documentary

History of Cambodian Comics

Puerto Rico: In Conversation with Calle 13's “Residente” René Pérez

It's hard to imagine anyone betting on Calle 13‘s success back in 2005, as the popular Puerto Rican group prepared to release their eponymous debut. Back then, reggaeton was still...

Graffiti in Times of Crisis

In the current economic crisis, graffiti in several cities is rife with social messages. Here is a sample of some urban artwork.

Guinea-Bissau: “Our Culture” in Photos

Brazil: Bicycle Brings Books to the Homeless

If good ideas transcend boundaries, this one does it by bicycle. That is, by Bicicloteca, a bicycle that carries a small library through the city of São Paulo, Brazil.

Video: ‘I Was Here’ Campaign – Small Actions to Change the World

Join us as we see how small actions can change the world through the 'I Was Here' campaign for the United Nations World Humanitarian Day. The UN and American singer...

South Korea: Controversial Launch of Online Music Video Rating

South Korean authorities have launched a new ratings system for music videos posted online. The new bill requires every music video (or promotional video) and even movie trailers to be...

Russia: Zombies Versus the State in Omsk

Early last Sunday morning in the city of Omsk, a few hundred youths gathered together for a flashmob. Police were on hand to warn everyone that they represented an illegal...

India: Pictures of Varalakshmi Vratham Festival

Russia: Pussy Riot's Guilty Verdict

'The judge said one of the reasons for a “real sentence” was to “caution others”. ' - Russian and anglophone Twitter users respond to the guilty verdict and two-year prison...

Cambodia: Khmer Language Books Now Online

Indonesian Street Art Database

DR of Congo: Congolese Star Koffi Olomidé Indicted for Assault and Battery

Colombia: Salsa Musician Jairo Varela Dies

On August 8, Colombian musician Jairo Varela Martinez died at the age of 62. Varela is known for founding the famous salsa band Grupo Niche. There were many comments on...

Pakistan: Fighting Stereotypes and Celebrating with India on Independence Day

Pakistan's mainstream and social media is usually fraught with issues ranging from terrorism and sectarianism to economic and power crisis. However, there comes a day, once every year, when even...

Hollywood's Next Go-To Enemies: North Korea and China

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