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Stories about Ideas

26 October 2018

All art is political: A conversation with Patricia Kaersenhout

The Bridge

"We all have ways in which we are a victim and a perpetrator."

24 October 2018

Interactive maps become a tool to fight crime in Mexico

Collaborations such as the use of interactive mapping tools reflect the situation of citizens living with security issues. These citizen tools are a practical response to the problem.

23 October 2018

Trinidad & Tobago loses ‘The Mighty Shadow’, the ‘bassman’ of calypso

"When all other calypsonians in the early 1970s had six sheets of music, Shadow had seven, the additional one for the bass guitar."

14 October 2018

For these Iranian twin-sister artists, collaboration is “like one person working with her other self”

"'Reincarnation' implies a new life. If we can make the audience wake up and realize the world around them and see the beauty in it, it is a huge success."

11 October 2018

‘Gabbie’ chatbot helps victims of sexual harassment in the Philippines

"Gabbie provided an additional platform for victims who want to keep a level of anonymity, or when Facebook is more accessible to them compared to phone or face-to-face counseling."

8 October 2018

I, Xenophobe: Chronicle of a migratory displacement

The Bridge

"The migrant's life is solitary in the extreme. Your friends live on WhatsApp, you do nothing but work and, in our case, watch the crisis unfold from afar."

5 October 2018

Mexicans celebrate indigenous cuisine with an online healthy food challenge

Mexicans eat more processed food than most Latin American countries despite the country's nutritious indigenous dishes.

‘My message is my car': Afghan innovator challenges youth to make something from nothing

"Just start your work. Do your work with what you have now. It's time to start."

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."

20 September 2018

A film about a Montenegrin freedom fighter seeks to keep anti-fascist values alive

The Bridge

"By sharing the story of an ordinary person's struggle, we wanted to remind younger generations how the rights we now enjoy were won..."

18 September 2018

Kyrgyz artist calls on girls to ‘create our own freedom’ in breakout song, *drops mic*

Zere's debut hit 'Kyz' comes after years of debate over how women in the Central Asian country should dress and behave.

22 August 2018

Anatomy of a Trinidad earthquake

The Bridge

"I was silenced, diminished and at the same time in total awe. This was nature and I understood myself to be at the very heart of it."

21 August 2018

Venezuelan education and the specter of ideology

The Bridge

"I imagine Venezuela's [next] generation. . . A generation for whom dissent goes against the idea of the nation. A country of indoctrination, without arguments or debate. A silent country."

19 August 2018

Fans around the world celebrate as Akira turns 30

On July 16, 2018 netizens around the world marked the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Akira, a groundbreaking film that revolutionized animated movies forever.

12 August 2018

His world was what it was: the enigma of V.S. Naipaul

The Bridge

"There are books of Naipaul’s I hope never to read again, and books of his without which I can’t understand the world I was born into."

3 August 2018

No Shame: How an online initiative in Kazakhstan is helping youth protect their sexual health

The Bridge

UyatEmes.kz is out to tackle the stigma that surrounds sex education in the former Soviet republic.

28 July 2018

Sharing a passion for permaculture in Suriname

An interview with Alex Yakaumo, a permaculturalist who spends his time lecturing and running workshops about self-sustaining agricultural ecosystems in his community in Commewijne.

27 July 2018

From state censorship to western stereotypes, an interview with Iranian artist Maryam Palizgir

Maryam Palzigir's experience fought against both state censorship of artistic expression in Iran and now Western stereotypes of Iranians in the U.S.

21 June 2018

Peace marchers from Helmand look to change Afghanistan's narrative

"Seeing them was a moment of joy and healing for mom and me."

20 June 2018

That time when the Japanese Ultraman franchise held a funeral for its monsters

What happens in Japan when you experience bad luck? A funeral may be one solution...

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