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· January, 2016

Stories about Ideas from January, 2016

29 January 2016

Grandma March Day, the Balkan Tradition of Exchanging Handmade Amulets

Balkan countries have joined forces to preserve the custom and push for its inclusion on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage.

28 January 2016

Young Actors Bring Greek Mythology and Psychology to the Stages of Venezuela

The Bridge

In this Venezuelan youth theatre group's idiosyncratic adaptations of Greek classics, the roles shape the actors as much as the actors shape the roles.

27 January 2016

Don't Be Confused. The Panama Hat Is an Old Ecuadorian Tradition

Don't let name confuse you: the Panama hat comes from Ecuador and its manual crafting is a tradition and source of pride among its rural manufacturers.

25 January 2016

Are You Scanning Me, or Am I Scanning You? The Power Dynamics of China's WeChat

The Bridge

"Our phones have become extensions of our social  and physical  selves. When these devices touch, it’s an intimate gesture with the ability to convey identity, power, and intention."

Old Postcards Reveal Forgotten World War I Memories in Macedonia

Made between 1914 and 1918, these photos not only document military aspects of World War I, but also provide views of places and people caught within its maelstrom.

‘Homophobes Are People Too’ Campaign Challenges Macedonia's Hostility Toward LGBT People

The human rights reality for LGBT people in Macedonia is poor, with systemic impunity for hate crimes against sexual and gender minorities in the country.

20 January 2016

Warlords to the Lebanese People: Let’s Forgive and Forget!

The Bridge

25 years after the end of the civil war Lebanon remains a deeply divided country, and attempts by former warlords to paper over the past can only worsen the situation.

On Criticising Charlie Hebdo on Facebook, and the Perils of Selective Freedom of Speech

The Bridge

Did Facebook remove Efe Levent's post because he used the term "cracker"?

18 January 2016

Russian Study Finds that One in Nine Duma Deputies Is an Academic Phony

RuNet Echo

Dissernet's investigation of dissertation texts found that one in nine lawmakers in the Russian State Duma has plagiarized content in their thesis, raising suspicion about their academic degrees.

10 January 2016

The Macedonian Nude Twitter Calendar Is Back

After a break for 2015 Macedonian Twitter users have recommenced the tradition of making a nude calendar for charity.

9 January 2016

Kyrgyzstan Staged its First Opera Flash Mob in a Bishkek Supermarket. It Was Magical.

"People who seemed to be average shoppers and store employees suddenly burst into song, regaling store patrons with a piece from Verdi's opera, La Traviata."

7 January 2016

A Revolution of Music and Poetry From Behind the Computer Screens of Nicaragua

Blogger Heydi Ortega argues that today's Nicaraguan youths are in a unique position, beset with a new generation's troubles, and poised for revolutionary actions, if they're willing.

6 January 2016

What Are the Challenges Facing Latin America in 2016?

Global Voices is asking its readers what they think the biggest stories in Latin America that we should be covering are. Write to us! Or even better, write for us!

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