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19 February 2018

As Some March to Honor a Pro-Nazi General in Sofia, Others Rally to Decry Fascism

"Lukov...was one of the fiercest advocates of Bulgaria’s Nazi-inspired 'Law for the Protection of the Nation' that, among other things, forced the country’s 50,000 Jews to wear yellow stars."

17 February 2018

A Fascinating Glimpse Into the Life of a Popular Chimpanzee in Pre-War Japan

"In the 1930s, one of the most popular animals at Tennoji Zoo in Osaka was Rita the chimpanzee."

5 February 2018

A Palestinian Cultural Space in Haifa Reclaims Authentic Artistic Voice

“An unfinished space invites people to contribute, to be at ease and to feel part of the place.”

23 January 2018

Shifts in Bangladeshi Wedding Culture Bring a Change to the Menu

Although the dishes served at Bangladeshi weddings have started to change, one thing always remains the same -- they are delicious. 

21 January 2018

Ocean Mapping Expedition Tracing Magellan’s Voyage Reaches the Philippines

A sailing ship following Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage around the globe is also an ocean mapping expedition that explores humanity’s impact on the oceans and the environment.

30 December 2017

Incarceration of Left-wing Japanese Newspaper Editor Sparks Fears of Threat to Free Speech

"We are very concerned that these types of suppression against citizens by the police will expand. The whole purpose of [conspiracy law] is to repress citizen movement and the press."

24 December 2017

Two Salvadoran Theater Productions Explore Themes of Violence and Forced Disappearances

Theater actors and directors devote efforts to understand, denounce and remember a forgotten ramification of violence in El Salvador -- forced disappearances.

The Chinese Communist Party Forbids Members From Celebrating Christmas, Calling It a Festival of Humiliation

This year, the anti-Christmas campaign has been marked by the circulation of an article that recites the history of Western military invasions in China, arguing that Christmas represents Chinese humiliation.

29 November 2017

#DemocracyDefeated: How Indian Right-Wing Groups Stalled A Bollywood Period Drama

Scandal surrounding "Padmavati" film causes Indian BJP leader to call for the lead actor's beheading and draws attention to larger issues of freedom of expression in film.

Contrary to Social Media Claims, Serbia's President Has Not Named a Street After War Criminal Ratko Mladić

Social media users falsely blame Serbian President Vučić for renaming a street after the war criminal from the Bosnian War, using his footage from a 2007 radical party protest.

25 November 2017

Russian TV Backs Down After Calling Armenian Hero ‘Fascist Collaborator’

"Garegin Nzhdeh is one of the greatest heroes of the Armenian nation and monuments to him should be erected not only in Yerevan, but also in different parts of Armenia."

17 November 2017

Mezcal: The Rebirth of a Traditional Mexican Drink

After having been considered an underappreciated drink, mezcal is finally found in the most chic bars on the planet and bartenders are giving it the recognition it deserves.

11 November 2017

Toxic Smog in New Delhi Leaves Residents Coughing and Demanding Action

“I have been coughing for over a month, and it is only [recently] I realized that it’s because of the pollution. But no one is doing anything about it.”

10 November 2017

Amid the Vast Universe of the ‘Valerian’ Movie, Ukraine Gets a Special Shout-Out

The opening scenes of the film include a Ukrainian cosmonaut crew lead by a woman with the country's flag on her sleeve.

Maung Maung Has Spent a Lifetime Collecting Gramophone Records in Myanmar

The retired police officer, teacher, and lawyer has amassed a collection of more than 100,000 gramophone records over six decades.

2 November 2017

Fire Balloon Competition in Myanmar's Taunggyi Celebrates ‘Festival of Lights’

Take a look at photos of the spectacular -- and sometimes dangerous -- tradition.

23 October 2017

Thai Historian Could Face 15 Years in Prison for ‘Insulting’ a 16th-Century King

"The military regime just wants to persecute me. They can do anything. So I achieve equanimity. I’m detached. In fact I pity them. I pity those who have power."

Documentary: Lost in the Ruins of Georgia's Soviet-Era Tea Industry

"There was not a single unemployed person in Laituri. Everyone was employed at either the plantation or the factory."

22 October 2017

Why Is the US Celebrating an Iranian Socialist Wrestler?

"Takhti represented...a tradition, a universe of values with deep and ancient roots and in intense contradiction with the status quo."

18 October 2017

The Revolution Will Be Live-Tweeted (Not In Russian, Though)

RuNet Echo

RT's #1917Live, which marks the centennial of the October Revolution, is full of interactive and creative features. There is something missing, however: the Russian language.

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