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1 November 2017

In Offhand Remark, Putin Says Someone Is Harvesting Russians’ Biological Material

RuNet Echo

"...someone is collecting images of our voters and using them in some way…images are one thing, but did you know that biological material is being collected across the whole country"

27 October 2017

Kyrgyz People of Central Asia Shocked to Be the Bad Guys in New Japanese ‘Tokusatsu’ Movie

In Japanese, the 'kyr' in 'Kyrgyz' sounds a lot like 'kill'.

23 October 2017

A Macedonian Comic Strip Encourages Women to Pursue Computer Programming Careers

Neta, a comic strip about a young woman who works as software engineer, has become a fixture of Macedonian tech culture.

20 October 2017

In Nepal, Every Dog Has Its Day—and That Day Is Called Kukur Tihar

"Reverence to every creature is the basic norms of Hindu mythology. Today is the day of Dog in Nepal. Happy 'Kukur Tihar' (Dog worshiping)"

13 October 2017

The Viral Video that Sent Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Relations into a Tailspin

Seasoned autocrat Nursultan Nazarbayev is finally participating in a competitive presidential election. (Just not in his own country).

12 October 2017

Comical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan's State Visit to Serbia

The warm welcome of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during a state visit this week incited many satirical comments on nationalism and media freedoms.

8 October 2017

Will India’s Blood Banks Benefit From Facebook’s New Blood Donor Registration Feature?

"Becoming a blood donor on Facebook is like feeding the poor by forwarding food pictures on WhatsApp."

6 October 2017

How People Hang Things Up to Dry In Japan

Some people have fun hanging clothes in Japan, while others appear to be indifferent to the task.

5 October 2017

Tajikistan Authorities Invite Ridicule with Demand Wikipedia Correct ‘Spelling Mistakes’

"[Wikipedia] is free and public...It's senseless to demand editing from a source that can be edited by anyone."

19 September 2017

Steven Seagal Rediscovers Celebrity in Central Asia, and the Implications Are Alarming

Is there a Genghis Khan film starring Seagal in the pipeline? Let's hope not.

16 September 2017

Vending Machines Around the World that Japanese People Find Surprising

Japan is often considered to have some of the world's most unusual vending machines, but there are a few in other countries giving them a run for their money.

5 September 2017

A Hashtag Pokes Fun at the Shared Quirks Among Bangladeshis

"You can move an elephant/hippo/rhino with the horns of your car, but not me. #IAmBangladeshi"

3 September 2017

Offbeat ‘Objets d'Art’ Are Rather Commonplace in Japan

"When walking around town, especially in parks and playgrounds, you often see strange 'objets d'art'. Wondering who and what are they for... I am still not sure of the answer."

2 September 2017

55 Years After Cutting Ties With Great Britain, Is Trinidad and Tobago Independent or “In Dependence”?

"We have almost all the models we need right here; we have most of the solutions that will move us up to a different level."

28 August 2017

30km Protest ‘Swim’ from Tobago to Trinidad Turns Into ‘Another Post-Colonial Tale’

"Those Tobago transport woes are real. Maybe it's a PR stunt, but it's a bold move to draw necessary attention to travel challenges between Trinidad and Tobago."

27 August 2017

Social Media Goes Off the Deep End Over Politician's Planned 30km Protest Swim from Tobago to Trinidad

"The Coast Guard cannot provide any dedicated resources or give any assurances for a voluntary expedition of this nature at this time."

21 August 2017

My Complicated Relationship With Cockroaches

The Bridge

He was in his 20s before he ever set eyes on a cockroach. Today, he's a skilled exterminator of the creatures that plague Japanese homes.

20 August 2017

Why French Muslim Comedian Samia Orosemane Says She's Like a UFO

"I try to be as useful as possible. If I can create bridges where there are walls, I’m very happy."

6 August 2017

Pesesín and His Neighbours: A Tale of Community Spirit in Spain

Neighbourhoods are usually in the news because of hostilities, but this community in Gijón, Spain gave an example of solidarity by caring for a pet whose owner was travelling.

5 August 2017

‘Arepa, the Taco Is With You’ — The Hashtag of Solidarity From Mexico to Venezuela

With a big wave of tweets, hundreds of Mexicans sent messages of solidarity and good wishes to the Venezuelans struggling in the country's current crisis.

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