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Stories about Humor

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.

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.

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.

27 December 2017

Don't Call “Xi the Bun” — Chinese Netizens Are Being Jailed for Chatroom Jokes

Advox

Three recent cases indicate that chatroom conversations in China are under surveillance and can be used as evidence in criminal prosecution.

19 December 2017

Robbie Williams’ Bottom Ignites Online Firestorm in Uzbekistan

“This is my band...this is my arse. Tonight your arse is mine.”

12 December 2017

The Cat in the… Pot? Cuddly Felines Nap in Japanese Cookware

Cats sleeping in clay cooking pots are all the rage in Japan right now. Apparently, they are so popular that stores have started selling pots made exclusively for cats.

5 December 2017

Russian Atomic Regulator's Foray into Meme-Making Fails to Quench Rumors of Nuclear Leaks

RuNet Echo

"No one is chastising Ruthemium, or even Ruthenium-106. They’re chastising Rosatom for contradictory information and for jokes like this instead of a serious investigation into the accident."

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

In Macedonia, Memories of a Crackdown on the Ajvar Culinary Tradition Remain Fresh

"Long ago, back in 2016, everything was OK in the country, except the preparation of ajvar in public spaces. 'Around ten people have been fined for making ajvar'"

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