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· August, 2016

Stories about Ideas from 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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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

"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."

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

"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."

The New Orientalism: Iran as a Political Commodity

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

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

How the Zika Narrative About Puerto Rico Explains US Colonialism

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.

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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