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Stories about Culture

25 March 2015

Recycled Cooking Oil Fuels LED Cherry Blossoms in Energy-Conscious Japan

Special wintertime lights clash with Japan's efforts to reduce power consumption following the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The seasonal tradition could use alternative fuels, like the Meguro River's "cherry blossoms" do.

23 March 2015

Russia Will Deploy “Digital Fingerprinting” to Enforce Copyright Online

RuNet EchoGlobal Voices Advocacy

A new intellectual property register, based on the principle of digital fingerprinting, is in the works in Russia to track and protect copyrighted files online.

Why Are Mostly Foreign Artists Representing Kenya at the Venice Biennale?

If you visit Kenya's pavilion at the Venice Biennale, you will meet 'Kenyan' artists such as Armando Tanzini, Qin Feng, Shi Jinsong, Li Zhanyang, and Li Gang.

20 March 2015

Why I Love Norooz

The Bridge

What's not to love about Norooz? It marks the beginning of the new year for people in Iran and elsewhere in the region.

Pakistani Musicians Captivate Audiences at SXSW in Austin, Texas With Booming Hypnotic Beats

The Bridge

The rockstars of the night were Pakhtun musical quartet Khumariyaan from Peshawar.

19 March 2015

Lebanese-Armenian Protesters Trap Turkish Ambassador in Beirut Theater

Around 60 Lebanese Armenians trapped the Turkish ambassador to Lebanon inside a movie theater, protesting the Turkish Government's official stance denying the 1915 Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire.

How Guatemalan Group ‘Las Poderosas’ Uses Theater to Confront Violence Against Women

For these women, theater is a means to heal trauma and raise awareness of gender-based violence within a country where two women a day are killed on average.

18 March 2015

Looking Beyond Boko Haram: Rediscovering the Ténéré Desert in Niger

Rising Voices

Niger is at war with Boko Haram. Let's not forget, though, that Niger is also home to many projects and is a land full of natural beauty and poetry.

17 March 2015

Can Kazakhstan's Sabina Altynbekova Banish Brand Borat?

Young volleyball star Sabina Altynbekova has used her overnight fame to present herself as a symbol of Kazakhstan. How far can she go with it?

TJournal's Vadim Elistratov Reviews Russia's ‘Homeland’ Adaptation

RuNet Echo

TJ’s Vadim Elistratov explains why it’s hard to dismiss the Russian adaptation as a failure, though its creators are clearly afraid of deviating too much from the American show.

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