· February, 2010

Stories about Arts & Culture from February, 2010

Russia: Avatar & North Caucasus – Fiction vs Reality

RuNet Echo  17 February 2010

LJ user burtin posts this comment (RUS) about Avatar: “Interesting that people cry [as they watch] Avatar – while reports from Chechnya and Ingushetia leave them totally indifferent. Even though archetypally the same is happening there – only the people are real, not [computer-generated]. […] If this were happening in...

My Name is Khan – Cultural Politics in India

  17 February 2010

A look at the Hindi blog-posts related to the Bollywood film 'My Name Is Khan' reveals an interesting fact - that the reactions to this film have more to do with the cultural politics in India than with the aesthetic value of the film itself.

Trinidad & Tobago: Saving Carnival

  17 February 2010

B.C. Pires links to a column by Mark Lyndersay, which, “if listened to, could rescue Trinidad Carnival for photographers; or at least stave off the death of yet another of its vital organs”, while other Trinidadian bloggers comment on the government's decision “to award sole rights to distribute coverage of...

Pakistan: Let The Kites Fly

  17 February 2010

A Lahore Court banned kite flying in Punjab province of Pakistan in 2005 citing it as a dangerous game and deprived many residents of the joys of Basant festivities. Some bloggers felt that strong rules and regulations instead of outright ban could decrease the risks related to kite-flying.

China: Amateur short film satirizes internet censorship

  17 February 2010

Famous amateur film-maker, Hu Ge, has recently made a new satirical piece on the Internet censorship in China. The 7-minute piece, ‘Animal World: the Home-living Animal’ is styled as an animal-planet type of documentary and has attracted hundreds of thousands of views in a matter of a few days. The...

India: Civic Sense And Liberty

  16 February 2010

Prerna at I Love Life.. So I Explore discusses about the phenomenon of the lack of civic sense of Indians inside the country as some make public nuisances completely ignoring the law.

Macedonia, Turkey: Connected, not Divided by History

  15 February 2010

Chris Deliso, a travel writer and founder and director of Balkanalysis.com writes in an oped in Today's Zaman about the mutual fondness between citizens of Macedonia and Turkey, which is there despite the fact that one century ago, “Macedonia suffered tremendously during anti-Ottoman rebellions.” He sees potential for using the...

USA: Native Cherokees Fight for Sacred Mound

  15 February 2010

Cherokee Native Americans in North Carolina are currently fighting the construction of an electrical station they say would impede the spiritual experience at Kituwah, a sacred mound that is cherished as "Mothertown".

Armenia: Eurovision National Competition

  14 February 2010

Armenia tonight chose its entry for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway. Twitter users provided an online summary of the national competition televised inside the country while some blogs offered reaction to the successful entry.

Cambodia: Valentine's Day Sparks Controversy

  14 February 2010

Valentine's Day was first celebrated in Cambodia in 2000. It is now a popular event in the country, especially among the youth. The government, with the help of some bloggers, use this occasion to promote sexual health and reproductive health rights among the younger generation

Russia: Theater Play to “Reconstruct” Lawyer Magnitsky's Death

RuNet Echo  14 February 2010

The death of Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year-old lawyer who spent nearly a year in jail awaiting trial, received much publicity and prompted Russian authorities to introduce some changes. The case also inspired a public discussion of prison conditions in Russia, which is now likely to move to a new level, as a Moscow theater is working on a documentary play that would "reconstruct" the horror of Magnitsky's final hours.

Pakistan: The Ban On Kyte-flying

  13 February 2010

Hamza Ahmad Qureshi and Momekh at Lahore Metblogs writes on the 2005 kite-flying ban in Pakistan and discusses the silly reasons cited to justify the ban. In many parts of Pakistan, especially in Lahore, traditionally people used to celebrate the Basant (spring) festival by flying kites.

Video: Mobile Libraries of the World

  12 February 2010

The mobile library has become a staple in many library systems, bringing books to those who cannot access the libraries themselves. However, in many places due to bad road conditions or lack of funding, the traditional system of rigging a bus or truck as a library is not possible. Thus, library trains, donkey libraries and motorcycle libraries have come to stay as viable options to bring books to the communities.

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