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Stories about Ideas

18 April 2015

In Finland's ‘Open Prisons,’ Inmates Have the Keys

How did Finland move from having the highest incarceration rate in Europe to having one of its lowest? Part of the answer lies in its open prisons.

8 April 2015

How Not to Write About Smartphones and Spain

The Bridge

In defence of Spain's right to be portrayed accurately—and as smartphone-addicted as everybody else.

7 April 2015

Who the Hell Keeps Leaking Kremlin Correspondence?

RuNet Echo

Russia's mysterious data-leaking group Anonymous International strikes again, releasing thousands of private messages allegedly belonging to the official who helped shape the Putin Administration's domestic policy from 2012 to 2014.

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.

Photographer Shows How it Feels to Ride in Singapore's Crowded Trains

"The camera gave me a chance to see what my eye would have missed – a collective portrait of Singapore, always in transit."

3 April 2015

Is Blackface in Japan a Form of Racism or Respect?

Japanese bands RATS & STAR and Momoiro Clover Z recently appeared in blackface on TV. Removed from its American context, some argue blackface in Japan isn't intended to be racist.

31 March 2015

Myanmar Rural Villagers Share Their Development Plans Through Facebook

Rising Voices

"It is a valuable method because it identifies what the community truly needs, instead of what we think they might need.”

23 March 2015

Confessions of Former Japanese ‘Netto-Uyoku’ Internet Racists

Japanese online commenters who engaged in hate speech say they were attracted to the world of far-right Internet commenting in order to stop feeling lonely.

22 March 2015

‘Egypt Needs More than Investment, Egypt Needs Individualism’

For Egypt to prosper on the back of decades of cronyism and its recent years of turbulence, the country's citizens must think for themselves, writes Sara Labib.

19 March 2015

Sentenced to Death in Kafkastan

The Bridge

Totalitarianism and bureaucracy no longer exist. Innocent people are no longer put on trial. Any resemblance this post might bear to reality is the fault of reality alone.

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