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14 December 2017

UNESCO Protects Balkan Grandma March Day Custom As Cultural Heritage

Cultural heritage activists in South-eastern Europe celebrate UNESCO's recognition of the Balkan Grandma March Day custom of wearing red and white wool ornaments.

7 December 2017

Kyrgyz Children's Author Remakes Old Fables, Drives New Narratives

“There are no fairytale weddings in my stories and no handsome prince. None of my characters are especially waiting for him, either.”

23 November 2017

The Young Musicians From “Symphony for Peru” Touched Souls at Madrid's Royal Theater

The organization, created by renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez to take music to disadvantaged youth, expanded its work to Spain, to show how they "sing, play, grow!"

9 November 2017

Freedom of Expression or ‘Obscene Representation'? The Case Against Indian Cartoonist Bala G

Global Voices Advocacy

"The incident made me think that my children were burning. I have no words to express my sorrow, so I drew the cartoon out of rage."

30 October 2017

The Venezuelan Crisis Understood Through Video Games

Creative ways of protesting in Venezuela leave traces in different spaces and amplify a variety of points of views around the Venezuelan conflict.

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.

22 October 2017

Serbian Artists Arrested Following Anti-Authoritarianism Art Museum Protest

Activists were arrested for 'insulting' Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during the re-opening of a modern art museum in Belgrade.

Ukrainian Wikipedia Awards National Winners of ‘Wiki Loves Earth’ Photo Contest

The Ukrainian part of the global competition featured 356 participants, some 15,000 photos and over 1,860 natural heritage subjects.

21 October 2017

How One Verification Team Worked to Debunk Misleading Information About the Japanese Election

"Hey, non-Japanese are not prohibited from participating in Japanese elections, okay? I wonder why they do it. Does it feel good to spread such false rumors?"

15 October 2017

Syrian Architects Challenge ‘Post-War’ Reconstruction with Real-Time Designs

"You as architects, planners sometimes draw beautiful drawings, but every line you put on your drawing will decide who gets to come back and who doesn’t get to come back."

13 October 2017

The World’s First ‘EleFriendly Bus’ Curtails Human-Elephant Conflict in Sri Lanka

The human-elephant conflict has reduced by 80% since the Elefriendly Bus started running. In the first seven months, the number of conflicts fell from 83 to 21.

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.

5 October 2017

Sexual Harassment in Greece Is Basically a Woman's Problem

...when asked about verbal sexual abuse, one woman in Athens commented that “it happens so often that [she] doesn’t even remember any distinctive incident”.

29 September 2017

If You Want To Understand Brazil, You Should Check out Its Memes

"Brazilians don't care if you don't understand their language and their jokes, they will talk to you — or Katy Perry, or Nicki Minaj — as if you were Brazilian”

28 September 2017

Peru's Clever Social Media Campaign Raises Awareness About Human Trafficking

Peruvian Ministry of Interior Affairs launched the campaign "Que no te encuentren" (Don't let them find you) to counter human trafficking in Peru.

21 September 2017

The Perils of Military Engagement Against North Korea

The Bridge

"Any country that considers an attack on North Korea must confront the question of who turned the DPRK into such a defiant rogue nation."

14 September 2017

The 17th-Century Peruvian Saint With a 21st-Century Social Media Presence

"We have more than 100,000 likes and 100,000 followers on Facebook! Let's keep sharing!"

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"

2 September 2017

Syrians in a Besieged Town Are Learning to Grow Mushrooms to Survive

"We want to spread this idea to the world so that they know our success as well as our struggle with hunger and the siege."

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.

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