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16 September 2014

How a Vote for Scottish Independence Could Affect the Caribbean

How could something as seemingly remote as the issue of Scottish independence have an effect on Caribbean states? The long arm of colonial history connects more than you might think.

13 September 2014

A Group of University Students in Kyoto Want Japan, China and Korea to Just Be ‘Happy’

Relations between the three countries are often prickly because of territorial and historical disputes. A group of students made a 'Happy' video to promote a message of friendship.

One of the Latest ‘Happy’ Tribute Videos Comes From Sikkim, High in India's Himalayas

The song “Happy”, written, produced, and performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, became a viral phenomenon earlier this year as countless tribute videos filmed around the world were...

11 September 2014

A Fleet of Life-Size Paper Boats Is Sailing Down the Hudson River to Protest Climate Change

SeaChange: We All Live Downstream, a collaboration between 350.org and Brooklyn-based maritime arts collective Mare Liberum, is headed to the People’s Climate March.

10 September 2014

Russian Nationalists Grasp at Straws with ‘Scottish Solidarity’ Campaign

RuNet Echo

Russians' connections between the Scottish and Eastern Ukrainian independence movements are, for the most part, thoroughly imagined, but the fantasy has produced several funny pictures.

9 September 2014

News of the Latest McDonald's Closure in Russia “Devastates” Obama

RuNet Echo

When current events inspire Russia's satirists, the RuNet produces some amazingly funny short stories. Russia's ongoing assault on the McDonald's food chain is having such an effect.

Mourning a Giant of Yoga Instruction, BKS Iyengar

Internationally acclaimed yoga teacher BKS Iyengar died two weeks ago at the age of 96. His students and admirers have mourned and celebrated him on Twitter for weeks.

8 September 2014

Confessions of an Angry Iranian Who Laughs to Survive

The Bridge

Iranian Political satirist Kambiz Hosseini on anger, the Islamic Republic and why his therapist made him buy a satellite dish.

For Russian Soldiers in Ukraine, the Mobile Phone May Be as Mighty as the Sword

RuNet Echo

The heyday of social media scoops from inside the Russian war machine may be over. Or maybe not. Some soldiers will always manage to sneak in phones.

5 September 2014

Activists and Bloggers Worldwide Ponder Lessons Learned From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

There is no denying that more people are now more aware of ALS than ever before, but critics have accused the campaign of focusing on self-congratulating deeds.

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