Stories about Weblog from August, 2016
Remembering Samad Behrangi on the 49th anniversary of his death. More than the author of dark children's novels, he wrote allegories that symbolized struggles of generations of Iranian revolutionaries.
Whether they like it or not, Hangzhou residents must comply with government efforts to present theirs as the best and safest city in the world.
The government's denial of Jean's detention has left his friends and colleagues fearful that authorities may be concealing information on his whereabouts or death.
"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?"
By focusing on a law governing what women can and can't wear, we're missing the deeper point of the argument.
"This sentence signifies a step backwards in terms of tolerance and shows just how much issues of cast, religion, slavery and therefore democracy are taboos in Mauritania."
"One more triumph was given to us by these worthy Colombians, representatives of the very mistreated afrodescendants in this racist and segregated Colombia."
Nigeria is the most active African country for political conversations on Twitter. That vibrant digital sphere, however, is fraught with hate speech.
There are more than 30 different species of cicada in Japan. Each one has its own distinctive call. How many can you recognize?
Both the new police grooves and the old army tunes are decidedly patriotic in tone.
"It is this determination that they show against all odds. I love the athletes in this team as if they were my own children."
La Gente Anda Diciendo collects phrases overheard in Argentina's capital and turns them into Facebook posts, books and notepads.
The suit against Zam revolves a family that is fighting a property dispute against well-connected business man Ap Sonam Phuntsho, who is also father-in-law to the Chief Justice of Bhutan.
"Their main method looks set to be trolling and rattling Beijing: identifying what makes the regime most paranoid, and piling it on."
"This program is trying help push us to make sure we’re not just coming out and often looking at things very simplistically or paternally..."
"Anyone that is still in doubt about the political nature of this case should search his inner conscience closely."
"The people of Daraya paid a heavy price for their dream of freedom. For four years they defended their autonomy from the Assadist state, and kept going despite the siege."
Closed off to tourists since 2003, the trail to Brazil's highest mountain is set to reopen in 2018, managed by the indigenous peoples themselves.
"Madagascar would be the kid no one invites to a party coz they live out of town."
"I think I united a nation."
The ancient temples of Bagan are as important as the Angkor Wat of Cambodia and Borobudur of Indonesia.