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· August, 2016

Stories about Ideas from August, 2016

30 August 2016

There's Finally a Programming Language in Bengali Script, Thanks to ‘Potaka’

"We have been looking forward to a coding language in Bengali for a long time. Why should our higher learning and computer learning be in a foreign language?"

The Burkini Ban Is Only Skin Deep

The Bridge

By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.

28 August 2016

Meet the Newly Born Tulu Wikipedia, the 23rd in a South Asian Language!

Rising Voices

Tulu is spoken by 3-5 million people in the Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala, plus a sizeable diaspora living in the US and the Gulf countries.

24 August 2016

Ahmad Abughaush, Jordanian Gold Medalist, and the Erasure of Palestinian Identity

The Bridge

To those who know the history of Palestine, Ahmad Abughaush's surname speaks volumes. Yet this information was absent from news reports on his gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics.

21 August 2016

With Brazil's ‘More Love Between Us’ Project, Women Lean On Each Other

One forward-thinking Bahia-born journalist hatches an online gift economy project with an important difference — it's exclusively for women.

17 August 2016

Some Japanese Find the ‘Dangerous’ Giant Hornet Cute, Inspiring—Even Delicious.

If it's August, it means you have to watch out for giant hornets in Japan. Beware!

16 August 2016

The City of Mariupol, Ukraine's Line in the Sand

The Bridge

"This is a war in which the interplay of informational conflict and physical violence is especially evident, in which disinformation and propaganda muddle motives, deny violence, and seek to confuse."

12 August 2016

‘Limited Bandwidth': Where Is the Reporting on Kashmir?

The Bridge

"For partisan commenters on both sides, compromise seems impossible. Kashmir is like Solomon’s Baby, except both of its prospective mothers are happy to cut it in half."

10 August 2016

The New Orientalism: Iran as a Political Commodity

The Bridge

The fact that Iran remains for westerners an exotic and mysterious land whose "complex history" requires "untangling" by experts, puts serious limits on the possibilities for genuine engagement.

Empathy for the Enemy and the Oppressed: Political Pop Songs from the Eighties

The Bridge

A look back at seven pop hits from the 1980s that pack a political punch.

7 August 2016

How the Zika Narrative About Puerto Rico Explains US Colonialism

The Bridge

Puerto Ricans work, love, live and struggle daily to resist not only the Zika virus, but something much more devastating: more than a century of colonialism and its many consequences.

4 August 2016

Feminism Is a Difficult Battle for Black Caribbean Women

Standing up for women's rights is tough enough without being poor, black, or marginalised. One blog will speak out for Caribbean women at the upcoming Black Feminisms Forum in Brazil.

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