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13 September 2014

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...

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.

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.

3 September 2014

What Went Into Making Russia's Most Viral Dash Cam Video Ever?

RuNet Echo

The good people of Chelyabinsk—a city whose toughness is legendary in Russian popular culture—have become some of the world’s biggest producers of candid-camera cartoon mayhem.

30 August 2014

Azerbaijan's President Doesn't Really Get Twitter. He Doesn't Really Get Azerbaijan, Either

Azeri president Ilham Aliyev's official Twitter feed is so bad it is funny. But behind the comedy lurks the darker realities Aliyev's bumbling forays into social media are covering up.

26 August 2014

Does Venezuela's Smiling Tourism Cartoon ‘Cheverito’ Ignore the Country's Grim Realities?

In less than one week, 'Cheverito', the cartoon character created by the Ministry of Tourism to boost tourism in Venezuela, was the center of criticism, attack and debates.

20 August 2014

Pop-up Ad Inventor's “I'm Sorry” Upsets Celebs, Raises Fears of an “Apology Avalanche” in Silicon Valley

The Bridge

Pop-up ad inventor Ethan Zuckerman's much-publicised apology pisses off pop stars, and has some Silicon Valley folks shaking in their boots.

The Egyptian Government Asks the U.S. to “Show Restraint in Ferguson” and Twitter Users Respond With This Brilliant Hashtag

Through the sarcastic hash tag #EgyPoliceTipsToUS, Twitter users are advising US police on how to respond to protestors in Ferguson, Missouri.

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