Stories about Ideas from May, 2016
Giant David Bowie Mural Unveiled in Sarajevo
The mural recognises Bowie's participation in humanitarian efforts during the siege in the Balkan city in the 1990s.
How Beauty Trends Have Changed in Japan Over the Past 100 Years
From long hair to short, from heavy make-up to more subtle, beauty conventions in Japan have undergone a fascinating transformation over the past century.
Global Voices Interviews Activists From ‘Defense of Democracy’ Committee Who Say Poland Is in Peril
The Committee for the Defense of Democracy accuses the Polish government of destroying the country's democratic foundations. So what now? Global Voices talks to three of the movement's figures.
The Arkana Alliance: An Organization that Builds Bridges with the Shipibo Communities of Ucayali in Peru
Meet the Arkana Alliance, an organization that is working in the Peruvian Amazon to empower the Shipibo people and help them preserve their environment.
On Not Becoming a Buddhist
Did a visit to the Japanese Buddhist temple of Tada-ji and the statue of Yakushi Nyorai help save a sick infant? Is it even possible to know?
The Luhansk Excursions: Dashcams and Nostalgia in Eastern Ukraine
Videos of the contested eastern Ukraine city of Luhansk filmed with dashboard cameras have become a way for displaced residents to reconnect with their home.
Kyrgyzstan Embraces Google Street View
Now the local KGB don't even have to leave their office.
Macedonia’s Government Is Subsidizing Bad Patriotic Rock Music and People Aren’t Happy
The selection of music involves categories such as "compositions that affirm the history of Macedonia" and "compositions that affirm family values and families with multiple children."
Anti-Impunity Activists Say Skopje Marathon Scuffle Is Example of Government’s Violence
"There hasn't been a major incident, but it's obvious that the regime considers even the use of force as a potential weapon."
Meet Bayangol FC, Your Reference Point for Mongolian Football
The club is helping to develop local football from the ground up while also extending help to players that fell victim to trafficking scams.
‘Graffitours’ Capture a Colombian Community's Painful Past and Search for a Better Future
"We tell this story with great sadness, but we have to keep the memory alive. The memory must never be lost..."
One Woman's Experience Breaking India's Feminine Ideal—With a Mohawk
"I constantly had to explain myself to others. There were whispers, giggles and derogatory comments: 'She’s gone butch.'"