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19 September 2014

The Streets of Lima Are Alive With the Sound of Music

The Bridge

19th-century waltzes, blind saxophonists, musical saws: Lima, Peru resident Juan Arellano pays tribute to the musicians who bring delight and texture to the streets of his city.

13 September 2014

HiperBarrio/Convergentes: A Virtual Community Evolves While Preserving Its Essence

Rising Voices

While in Medellin, Colombia, Global Voices contributor Juan Arellano stops by for a visit with his friends at HiperBarrio/Convergentes, one of Rising Voices' grant projects.

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...

5 September 2014

The Funeral That Brought Syria's Revolutionaries to a Church with Red Roses

The Bridge

Christians, Muslims, family members and revolutionary comrades gather at church in Aleppo, Syria for Marcell Shehwaro's mother's funeral. How to make it a space that preserves the dignity of all?

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.

3 September 2014

These 8 Ice Bucket Spinoffs Challenge Hunger, War and Politics

From the “Lather Against Ebola” campaign against Ebola in Côte d'Ivoire to the Rubble Bucket Challenge for children in Gaza, people are repurposing the viral phenomenon.

Surprising Europe, an Open Archive of Stories About Migration

An online platform that brings together African immigrants' stories and videos, unabridged. A project that helps to overcome prejudices and stereotypes and improve people's knowledge about them.

30 August 2014

Stop Complaining About the Government! Instead, India Wants Citizens to Help

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has launched the “MyGov” website, which invites Indian citizens to participate actively in the country's governance and development.

27 August 2014

‘Showcase of Shame’ Campaign Is Forcing Venezuelans to Confront the Uncomfortable Reality of Teen Pregnancy

The campaign set up a shop window of mannequins dressed as schoolgirls with pregnant bellies to raise awareness of the issue of teen pregnancy.

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