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Stories about Humor

12 February 2016

Satirists React to Arrest of Prominent Egyptian Cartoonist Islam Gawish

Global Voices Advocacy

Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish was detained briefly for running a website without a license and drawing cartoons with "political connotations." He was released after a backlash on social media.

11 February 2016

The Next Time You're in Moscow, Don't Bother Trying the Shawarma

RuNet Echo

Moscow awoke earlier this week to find that the city has a new face. Before dawn on February 9, the mayor's office tore down roughly a hundred small businesses.

Hilarious Animated History of Japan Gets Rave Reviews—Including From Japanese

Bill Wurtz's compelling video history of Japan has gone viral, collecting millions of views in just over one week.

10 February 2016

Macedonia's Former Prime Minister Threatens Revenge in Troubling Speech

"There are no hidden messages in Gruevski’s speech. He presented all of his views in the manner of a fierce populist, who will not hesitate in his quest for power"

8 February 2016

Unbelievable: Saudi Arabia's Vice Police Arrests a “Female” Mascot

Saudi Arabia's religious police arrested a "female" mascot.

7 February 2016

How an Indian Singer's Impromptu Inflight Performance Led to Crew Members’ Suspension

"We really need to grow up! Flights tend to be boring - so what if Sonu Nigam sang a song? How is that a 'security threat'?"

5 February 2016

Meet Brazil's (Literally) Most Sung Hero: The Japanese Federale

“Oh my God, I'm done for. The Japanese Federale is knocking at my door.”

Did Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Fall for Spam Scam?

"During my free time I read about you and learn how to be successful."

4 February 2016

Why Is a Russian Art Museum Granting Free Admission to Women Wearing 4-Inch Stilettos?

RuNet Echo

The music video has 32 million views in just three weeks. Even for one of Russia’s most popular rock bands, Leningrad’s new song stands out as an exceptionally popular hit.

30 January 2016

No, Eritrea Isn't Forcing Men to Marry at Least Two Wives

The two wives hoax inspired a flood of hilarious memes on Twitter.

Laf Productions, the Chilean Team Behind Several Hilarious Viral Videos in Latin America

The Laf team give a humorous twist to everyday themes, and perhaps that's one of the reasons behind their success.

26 January 2016

Deus Ex Putina

RuNet Echo

According to a Russian news site and a whole lot of bloggers, Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife, Lyudmila, has remarried. The RuNet also thinks it's found her Facebook account.

25 January 2016

‘Homophobes Are People Too’ Campaign Challenges Macedonia's Hostility Toward LGBT People

The human rights reality for LGBT people in Macedonia is poor, with systemic impunity for hate crimes against sexual and gender minorities in the country.

23 January 2016

Chinese Netizens Climb Over the Great Firewall to Go After Advocates of Taiwanese Independence

A mainland Chinese netizens’ movement aimed at silencing pro-independence Taiwanese "through civilized methods” has become a humourous emoji battle and a tech lesson in scaling the Great Firewall of China.

20 January 2016

Don’t Laugh, But Dubai’s Deputy Police Chief Would Like to Tell You About Obama’s ‘Shia Roots’

Dubai's deputy chief of police reasons the Iran Deal happened because Obama is Shia. Arab and Iranian social media users can‘t contain their laughter.

19 January 2016

The Internet Helps an Unknown Brazilian Footballer Beat Messi to Win a FIFA Award

Wendell Lira didn’t have a club to play for when he was nominated for the most beautiful goal of 2015. But thanks to the Internet, he turned things around.

18 January 2016

Why Do Hong Kongers Call Chief Executive CY Leung ‘689’?

Hint: it's not a nice nickname.

15 January 2016

Miss Me? Witty Hackers Put Sherlock Villain Moriarty on Kyiv Subway Screens

RuNet Echo

Social media users in Ukraine's capital Kyiv posted multiple images showing the ad screens in the subway taken over by a picture of smiling Moriarty from the BBC Sherlock series.

9 January 2016

Kyrgyzstan Staged its First Opera Flash Mob in a Bishkek Supermarket. It Was Magical.

"People who seemed to be average shoppers and store employees suddenly burst into song, regaling store patrons with a piece from Verdi's opera, La Traviata."

4 January 2016

Social Media Users Get Creative in Response to Ukrainian President's Fake Magazine Cover

RuNet Echo

When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko decided to tweet a doctored cover of The Economist magazine with his face replacing Putin's, he got some image editing help from social media users.

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