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12 June 2019

Racing down socialist memory lane: a classic Yugoslav cars video goes viral

The cars include three brands produced by Yugoslav factory Zastava from Kragujevac, Serbia, that were based off models by Italian manufacturer Fiat.

23 May 2019

Afghanistan's ‘Art Lords’ on painting change at street level

"The common people like this work. The art is for them."

23 April 2019

A conversation with the creator of FindyourB, a podcast for soul-searching Kazakh millennials

A podcast that examines identity and value systems is attracting young people in Kazakhstan.

20 April 2019

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

16 April 2019

Material Culture art exhibition communicates deep personal experiences to transcend cultural borders

The Bridge

The exhibition features the work of five Iran-born artists who use “nonrepresentational forms” and a range of materials to create a visual language that communicates deep personal experiences and transcends...

15 April 2019

The scent of revolution: The story behind Sudan's legendary perfume label remix

Artist Amado Alfadni transforms Sudan's iconic Bint El Sudan perfume label into a revolutionary message.

13 April 2019

Game of Thrones and climate change: brace yourselves, summer is coming!

The Bridge

Imagine a world where political clans fight for power while ignoring a threat never seen before—and which could annihilate their societies without much consideration for human-made boundaries...

11 April 2019

The story—and uncertain future—of a Barcelona occupation that is both shelter and cultural center

"Building habits and making homeless people feel like the project is theirs. Institutions treat [them] like we're incapable of doing anything."

Slovenian officials rebuff Hungary, refuse to censor cartoon satire ridiculing Viktor Orbán

Slovenian officials pledged to "never interfere in any of the media’s editorial policy."

9 April 2019

These women ride across Bangladesh on motorcycles to spread the word about empowerment

Sakia Haque and her friends wanted to talk to Bangladeshi girls about women's empowerment and educate them about reproductive health, so what did they do? They hopped on motorbikes!

7 April 2019

Young, dreadlocked or tattooed in Nigeria? Police might harass or kill you.

SARS is Nigeria's police squad operating outside of the law

4 April 2019

Beyond the image: How Spanish photographers Albarrán Cabrera formulate experience through pictures

For Spanish photographers Anna P. Cabrera and Angel Albarrán, memory and beauty are the three pillars of their professional approach to their art.

25 March 2019

Burundi: Scribble on the president's picture — go to jail

"If I did this in Nkurunziza’s Burundi, I could be jailed."

22 March 2019

Welcome to the Venezuelan internet. Luis Carlos and Naky will be your guides.

Advox

Through serious analysis and their signature wit, Luis Carlos Diaz and Naky Soto have helped a generation of us learn our digital rights.

19 March 2019

Aurat March breaking barriers against patriarchy in Pakistan

Aurat March was a display of power and unity by women who are not seen in public spaces freely and their opinions and demands are almost never heard.

16 March 2019

Hundreds gather in Nigeria to mourn professor Pius Adesanmi: ‘A juggernaut of African thought’

"A thousand years from now, I am hoping that fragments of my writing survive: not all accepted to live as slaves of the most irresponsible rulers of their era."

12 March 2019

Nigerians grieve the death of Pius Adesanmi, postcolonial scholar and public intellectual

"A towering intellectual with a mind that cut through issues like a scalpel who still remained curious about the issues of a younger would-be thinker ..."

8 March 2019

A palace on stilts: Guyanese novelist Wilson Harris returns to life in Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival

The Bridge

"Everywhere in Harris’ book we are asked to look up. At the sky, at the sun, at houses built on stilts."

26 February 2019

A ‘digital nomad’ from the UK advocates for solar power in all island nations

"The Caribbean is no different from other parts of the world. Most people do not think about where their electricity is being generated. The big difference is its phenomenal cost."

22 February 2019

Facebook, robot vacuum cleaner and pro-surveillance politician voted worst privacy intruders in Czech Republic

The Big Brother “anti-awards” ceremony is designed to shame those who violate people's rights to privacy and data protection.

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