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Stories about Culture

18 April 2015

US Ambassador Kennedy Visits Hiroshima Acknowledging Legacy of Atomic Destruction

US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy visited Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum and laid a wreath at the cenotaph for A-bomb victims - unprecedented for a US ambassador.

16 April 2015

Cartoon Mascots in China Make Social Policing Cute

The mascots model “civil” behavior” and spread new norms about acceptable public behavior, specifically targeting newly urbanized migrants learning to share urban public spaces for the first time.

There’s Already a Rap Song Dedicated to Russia’s Twerking Bee-Costumed Teens

RuNet Echo

Young people in Orenburg are changing their profile pictures on VKontakte, Russia’s most popular social network, to a banner that reads, “We don’t want to fight, we want to dance.”

15 April 2015

A Calendar of Human History, According to Uruguayan Writer Eduardo Galeano

Eduardo Galeano has died. His book, Open Veins of Latin America, captures the region like nothing else. Here are excerpts from his latest book, Children of the Days.

14 April 2015

How Do Madagascar's People Get By on So Little? With Lots of Ingenuity

"Ady Gasy", a documentary by rising filmmaker Lova Nantenaina, portrays the resourcefulness of Madagascar's people to overcome their daily struggles.

13 April 2015

Tsarist Russia Bans Internet Porn

RuNet Echo

A Russian court in Tatarstan has banned 136 porn sites, and the language of its ruling implies that all Internet porn is hereby against the law.

10 April 2015

The Kremlin Declares War on Memes

RuNet Echo

By saying it is illegal to add celebrities’ images to certain memes, the Kremlin could be opening the door to banning a whole genre of absurdist online humor.

5 April 2015

In Bangladesh, a Mobile App Provides a Platform Where Women Can Feel Free to Talk

Maya provides a platform where women can freely speak about their emotional, medical, legal, and social needs anonymously, without being judged.

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