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Stories about Humor

1 October 2018

Operation Leave Home: a new social media trend encourages young Angolans to fly the coop

"At this moment, I am on the street crying without knowing where to go."

16 August 2018

Introducing Ursal — Union of Socialist Republics of Latin America, Brazil's latest meme craze

Brazil's internet has turned an obscure far-right conspiracy theory on its head.

14 July 2018

What's the story behind the samurai walking a cat, anyway?

The image depicting a shoeless samurai walking an armored cat pops up on social media from time to time.

1 June 2018

Argentinians are mocking the president's penny-pinching advice for citizens with higher utility bills

"If you don't have gas or electricity, I can teach you how to make a fire. You just take a stick and rub your hands together," one meme sarcastically says.

25 May 2018

Macedonians manage to joke about a serious naming dispute with Greece

Although most citizens of the Republic of Macedonia consider the naming dispute with Greece a serious matter, some have dealt with it through humor and satire.

24 April 2018

Why did China take its own propaganda film offline? Netizens point to US tech sanctions

Advox

Netizens suspect that the film is being restricted due to new US sanctions against ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications hardware company.

11 April 2018

No Laughing Matter: China Shuts Down Popular Joke-Sharing App

Advox

"A country, a government, a supervision department. They are all scared of a joke-sharing application."

5 April 2018

Indian Government Threatens to Revoke Media Accreditation Over ‘Fake News’

Advox

New federal guidelines in India which states that journalists can lose accreditation if found spreading "fake" or "uncomfortable" news raises an issue of media-surveillance.

16 March 2018

How a Viral Eye Roll Broke the Silence on China's Heavily Censored Web

Advox

"The rolling eyes are like a bolt of lightening that destroys tens of thousands expressions of praise and outshines speeches made by hundreds of thousands of brain-dead people."

8 March 2018

“You Just Killed Me”: The Internet Meme Defying Angola’s Government

"More than a sharp protest against degrading living conditions of Luanda's slums, 'you just killed me' is also a performance act that fits perfectly into the world of contemporary art".

23 February 2018

Photoshopped Image of Christ Reveals Limits of Spain's Right to Free Expression

Advox

The fine imposed on a young man from Andalucia opened an intense debate about censorship in Spain.

22 February 2018

Australian MP George Christensen's Joke Gun Photo Denounced as Threat Against ‘Greenie Punks’

Just days after the Parkland Florida student massacre, an Australian politician posted a photo of himself firing a pistol asking, “You gotta ask yourself, do you feel lucky, greenie punks?”

Laughing in the Face of an Internet Shutdown In Bangladesh

Advox

"To stop the leaks, better to cancel the exam rather than shutting the internet down. Then you won't have to worry about leaks anymore."

10 February 2018

Trinidad & Tobago Finally Gets Its ‘Steups’ Emoji

One Trinidadian Facebook user, tired of waiting for Facebook to get the memo about the need for a "steups" emoji, went and designed one herself.

4 February 2018

Nina Paley's ‘Seder-Masochism’ Film Explores Patriarchy in the Book of Exodus Through Animated Ancient Idols

"My interpretation of Exodus is that it's the establishment of complete patriarchy, the elimination of any remaining goddess-worship from older times."

31 January 2018

Russians are Baffled by the United States Treasury's Latest Sanctions List

RuNet Echo

Russia’s political elite registered a collective smirk at the seemingly toothless report.

8 January 2018

What's In a (Nick) Name? Ask the Caribbean!

"Acid". "Leech". "Totee Muff". Caribbean people love to rename things. Check out a few of their most spectacular sobriquets...

6 January 2018

Trinidadian Man Transforms Pothole Into a Hot Tub in Humorously Effective Protest

"So that's how to get things done in this country…you have to get on social media..."

28 December 2017

Macedonia's Former Government Tried to Cover Up Its Own Wiretapping Operation, With Help from a Foreign Company

Advox

New revelations show the depths of manipulation perpetrated by the populist propaganda machine of Macedonia's former government.

Difficult Moments, Alleged Negotiations and Protests from the Latest Political Crisis in Peru

References to comic characters and underhanded dealings during Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski failed impeachment process that ended up in ex-President Alberto Fujimori being pardoned has marked recently Peruvian politics.

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