Barbie dolls dressed in traditional Thai clothes pic.twitter.com/8izclnezSS
— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) March 8, 2014
Richard Barrow posted a Twitter photo of Barbie dolls dressed in Thailand's traditional clothes
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Sarah Ann Loreth published a report in Flickr Blog on how US photographer, writer and educator Brooke Shaden joined forces with an organization called Blossomy to travel to Kolkata, India, last year to help teach photography to survivors of human trafficking, giving them a chance to learn to create and tell their stories. The next step is to:
bring a school of photography to Kolkata, India in which the individuals going through those shelter homes have access to free education in exchange for a certificate in photography as well as the opportunity for a future in a career that can provide confidence and hope.
International Women’s Day is important for helping us re-focus our attention to [the] feminist struggle, and it should serve to remind us of that and re-commit to it.
catch a fire says it's important to “do more than simply pay lip-service to the idea of International Women’s Day.”
Bangladesh is hosting the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup and the fever is catching on among cricket-loving Bangladeshis. The official song of the 2014 tournament, “Char Chokka Hoi Hoi”, has become popular, and many universities across the country have started arranging their own flash mobs set to the theme song and uploading them to YouTube. View some of them here.
The video with the most views will be played in the stadium during the tournament. The World Cup schedule runs from March 16 to April 6.
Salvadorans went to the polls on Sunday, March 9 to vote in a run-off presidential election, but results are so close that both candidates have declared themselves winners and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal has announced that they will do a complete recount in the coming days. In a report about election day, Tim's El Salvador Blog explains:
In El Salvador's presidential election on Sunday, the preliminary victor is Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the left-wing FMLN [Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front], but by the slightest of margins, and with a final count of the votes yet to come. Preliminary results are released on the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (“TSE”) website very quickly after the votes are counted at polling places. Five hours after the polls were closed, 99.8% of the votes had been counted and Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the FMLN had a very slight 6264 vote lead out of almost 3 million votes cast.
The TSE website [es] still shows Salvador Sanchez Ceren with a small lead over conservative candidate Norman Quijano from the ARENA (Nationalist Republican Alliance) party.
There was no doubt that ARENA had pulled off a major turnaround in just 5 weeks from its poor showing in the February 2 first round where Norman Quijano trailed Sánchez Cerén by 10 points, and in opinion polls in the past few weeks trailed by 13 to 18 percentage points. Quijano managed to poll 437,000 more votes than he received on February 2, an increase of more than 40%. In contrast, Sánchez Cerén only increased his vote total by 175,000 votes.
In the anti-nuke protest on March 8, 2014, a demonstrator promoting marriage equality held a sign saying: “Why can 23 millions citizens in Taiwan decide whether we can get married and why cannot the same 23 millions people decide whether we want the fourth nuclear power plant or not?” The LGBT community demanded legislation to allow same sex marriage, but the second read of the bill on marriage equality was delayed because the leading legislators said it was too controversial. The demonstrator use the same government logic to challenge its position on Nuke 4.
Kenyan blogger Yoga David shows you 8 amaing things you can do with a mango:
This is the mango fruit season where mango enthusiasts live for this summery fruit. Maybe it’s that tartness of the fruit, or how perfect it tastes even when it’s just raw.
So here are our 8 Things to do with a mango you might consider doing.
A traditional favourite of many, this is perfect for breakfast or anytime. Spoon mango, yogurt, juice, and any fresh fruit into a fruit blender and liquefy it to your preferred thickness. Add in a few cubes of ice and serve it as a chilly drink.
A savoury salad comes with leafy greens, tomatoes and at times red onion. The salad is made even more flavourful with mango. Instead of salad dressing, top salad with slivers of mango and light oil.
Mango with lime and salt
A favourite treat, mango is prepared with lime and touch of salt, which is tangy and delicious. Cut cubes of mango in a cup; shake the cubes, salt and top liberally with fresh or bottled lime juice
Two years ago today we started a campaign called KONY 2012. It was an experiment to see if the world was ready to unite and speak out against the horrific and unseen crimes of Joseph Kony and the LRA. The world was.
Together, we made Kony famous and put the issue of LRA violence on the table of popular and political interest. One element of the campaign was calling on culture and policy makers to work in their sphere of influence to stand up for Kony’s child soldiers. You led our leaders to take action that resulted in tangible results. As part of our celebrations, we’ve decided to thank the politicians that gave a gift to justice through their support of KONY 2012.
Blogger Issayas interviews Solomon Tsehaye, eritre's leading poet. after the release of his latest work on massé and melqes, oral poetry genres in Eritrea. Solomon Tsehaye is the man who wrote Eritrea's national anthem:
Issayas: What is massé? Melqes?
Solomon: Massé (awlo) and melqes are related art forms which constitute one of the genres of Tigrinya oral poetry. Massé is performed on happy and festive occasions where, most of the time, specially prepared food and drink are served. Weddings and a number of other celebratory events are appropriate occasions for massé. On the other hand, melqes is performed during funerals and similar moments of sadness. Though different in the way they are presented, massé and melqes have the same poetic structure. They are also composed and recited by the same people. With the exception of a few who either make massé or melqes, the overwhelming majority of oral poets who perform massé also perform melqes.
Issayas: What is the significance of massé and melqes in Tigrinya society?
Solomon: As is briefly explained (in English) in my book, Massén Melqesn Qeddamot Volume I, on pages 540-541, massé and melqes are highly valued oral poetic forms in Tigrinya society. They are highly valued because the ideas and concepts they transmit have depth and relevance. Massé and melqes are source of guidance to society from which people draw all sorts of lessons. They are useful in resolving conflicts. They present social critique which helps solve social problems and correct mistakes. They enhance society’s knowledge on history, culture, language, politics, religion, etc. by discussing various aspects of life. Last but not least, massé and melqes are also very entertaining. Because of the happy occasions on which it is performed masse’ is particularly amusing with a lot of humor connected to it. The events in which massé and melqes are presented were the mass media of traditional Tigrinya society. They were platforms where the real opinions of the people were heard from the voice of its great minds – the oral poets. Whenever such events took place attending audiences were very eager to know what the oral poets had to say. There were even times when people travelled long distances merely to hear massé or melqes, particularly when it was known that renowned oral poets would be present for the occasions.
White African discusses tech talent and expat bubbles in Kenya:
Say you are a Kenyan web designer living in Seattle, do you think anyone cares that you came from Kenya? No, they only care that you are a great web designer.
If you’re an American programmer working in Nairobi, does anyone care that you come from the US? Yes, for some reason that matters. You’re judged on where you come from as well as your skill set.
It’s not apples-to-apples, though it should be.
TZhiphop is a project that promotes Tanzanian hip hop online:
We are the necessary noise in Bongo’s music scene advocating for Tanzanian Hip Hop. This project is focusing on reconnecting Hip Hop fans and the conscious poetry in the lyrics that reflects the apparent hustles of our society.
At least 19 violent incidents have been documented since the beginning of 2014 in Burundi ahead of the presidential elections. The unrest centers on amendments to the constitution proposed by president Nkurunziza that could allow him to run for a third term. The CNDD-FDD ruling party and its youth wing are accused of disrupting opposition's meetings and the killing of one opposition leader. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expresses concerns over the situation :
Next year’s elections will be a key test for Burundi. Continued political violence is a threat to the democratic process in a country which is still slowly recovering from a devastating protracted civil war
Chinese government has issued censorship instructions during the “Two Sessions“ to Chinese media. The instructions, which have been leaked and distributed online, include: Do not report hearsay concerning high-level cadres, such as the news on March 2 about Zhou Yongkang; Keep a reliable handle on the developments in Ukraine. CHINA DIGITAL TIMES has translated the instructions into English.
It is important to talk about this. I want to show this video in all the areas where ‘Saptami’ is celebrated. People give it so much importance even though it is a rather strange celebration. Why don’t they celebrate their daughters who keep their houses running, the cattle fed and the water tanks filled? Why just their sons? The tradition and rationality behind it are so deeply carved into people… but we can change it.
Farah Subhan at Amader Kotha, a women-based portal highlighting the unheard voices of Bangladesh, tells how countries like Bangladesh can particularly be positively affected by the celebration of International Women’s Day.
Over the last seven years, the Government of the Republic of Macedonia has spent undisclosed amounts of taxpayers money to produce and air public service campaigns against drug use and drug trafficking. A new campaign has been launched by the government, calling drug users “mules”.
Artist Ines Efremova tweeted:
Слоганот на новата кампања против дрогата е:“Остани чист! Не биди муле!!! Одлуката е твоја!“ Немам што да додадам http://t.co/w463IPLy80
— Ines Efremova (@Inna_E) February 17, 2014
The slogan of the new campaign against drugs is: “Stay clean! Don't be a mule!!! The decision is yours!”
I have nothing to add.
While the term “mule” has been used internationally in the context of smuggling, signifying a person carrying concealed drugs over a border, in this context it only has the pejorative meaning of stubborn and stupid draft animal.
According to the official announcement [mk] of the Macedonian Ministry of Interior, the campaign's “goal is to raise awareness among high school students about the fight against narco-trafficking, and to act preventively and educationally over the young population.” The campaign will consist of presentations conducted by customs officers.
One of the previous campaigns was against the use of illegal drugs, titled “My life is my movie”, and was comprised of several film-like commercials (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), with an initial cost of 592,000 euro (800,000 dollars). According to a 2010 article [mk] in Dnevnik daily, the number of registered illicit drug users actually increased after the campaign.
Libre Graphics Magazine, “a print publication devoted to showcasing and promoting work created with Free/Libre Open Source Software” (F/LOSS), dedicates its latest issue to representation and gendered work in F/LOSS.
Ginger Coons, a member of the editorial team, says the second issue in volume two of the magazine, titled “Gendering F/LOSS”, ”[steps] beyond the women-in-tech talk and [has] that larger gender discussion.” One example is the showcase of gendered work in craft:
(…) we seek to show work which overturns standard conceptions of what it is to do women's work or a man's job. In the following pages, images of computerized knitting, code-inspired embroidery and women infiltrating F/LOSS offer windows into sites of subversion, in which the gendered natures of crafts and tasks are blurred.
The magazine includes an interview with the founder of the Empowermentors Collective, “a new initiative for multiply-marginalized women and queers of colour interested in Free Software and Free Culture”, and many other bits and bytes on initiatives that allow for a better understanding of gender-related concepts and practices, such as the hackerspace Mothership HackerMoms and The Geek Feminism Wiki, “a clearinghouse of concepts and discussions crucial to understanding and promoting issues of equality and representation.”
As Tajikistan celebrates the International Women's Day (re-branded as Mother's Day in the country in 2009), social media help amplify the rare voices that speak against the holiday. Writing on his personal website, prominent religious leader and politician Hoji Akbar Turajonzoda urges [tj] Tajiks not to celebrate on March 8:
Celebrating Mother's Day or Women's Day is inadmissible. This is not our religious or national holiday. We inherited this holiday from the Soviet period.
Similar messages have appeared on social media sites, particularly on Odnoklassniki and Facebook. For example, Said Boboev argues [tj] in TAJIKISTAN Online, a Facebook group that has over 13,000 members, that marking the Mother's Day is against the Islamic tradition.
Such claims remain unpopular in Tajikistan where 90 percent of men and 87 percent of women celebrate the holiday on March 8, according to a recent survey [ru]. Following a Soviet tradition, the country's leader has congratulated [tj] the women of Tajikistan in a televised address. Reacting to Turajonzoda's comments about the holiday, one Tajik netizen tweeted [ru]:
Празднуешь 8 марта – гори в аду! У Тураджонзоды совсем крыша просела http://t.co/YeVoFZXrXk
— Пожиратель Курутоба (@qurutob) March 7, 2014
Burn in hell if you celebrate on March 8? Turajonzoda has totally lost his mind http://t.co/YeVoFZXrXk
Disney's Oscar-winning animated film ‘Frozen’ is immensely popular in South Korea; it has become the second most-watched foreign film as of last weekend by crossing 10 million admissions. Korean fans have posted lots of parody images, as well as Korean artists who have chimed in by singing the movie's catchy hit song ‘Let it go'. This particular fan-made tribute video is rapidly gaining views on Youtube. The video was reportedly made by a 6th grader [ko] who took photos of her own drawings and added those 600 images together to make this video clip.
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski visted Iran past weekedend and found out even a polish news site is filtered in country.Later he found out Iran censored his remark on censorship.Green Voice of Freedom tweeted Polish diplomat slams internet censorship during a news conference with Iranian FM Javad Zarif.
— GreenVoiceOfFreedom (@IranGreenVoice) March 7, 2014
A group of young activists in Pavlodar, a city in northeastern Kazakhstan, have founded a movement aimed at teaching manners to drivers. The young people confront motorists who park on sidewalks or in other improper places and ask them to move the vehicles to designated parking spots. The movement coordinates its activities and recruits activists via social media.
A Kazakhstani blogger interviews [ru] the founder of the movement:
When we just began to carry out our raids, motorists often threatened us and told that we were not police, using very offensive language. This is the only problem we have encountered so far. We are seeking support from the authorities because we help them enforce the law and ensure public order…
IGF Japan, the Japanese chapter of the Internet Governance Forum, where people involved in web come together to discuss Internet governance challenges, will be held on March 14, 2014 at Aoyama Gakuin University. Sessions cover topics such as personal data and privacy, emerging generic top-level domains in Japan, and global online trends.
A photo essay in the website Sentidos Comunes [es] highlights 16 outstanding Chilean women who “are the protagonists of the public agenda in the next five or ten years.”
This photo of a statute of the late president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, has rapidly gone around the world since it was tweeted last week:
— Christopher Bello R. (@Ethical_Group) February 26, 2014
In Táchira, they tore down a MONUMENT of the deceased ASSASSIN and they beheaded it. Fear PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela) for your time has come.
The image has been copied and retweeted hundreds of times, causing all sorts of reactions. Here's one from a government supporter:
Decapitado por fascistas monumento de Comandante Presidente Chávez en Táchira.Siguiendo guión de golpe a lo ucraniano pic.twitter.com/M9Aw9IOEfN
— itobé (@itobesur) February 26, 2014
Beheaded by fascists, the monument to the President Commander Chávez in Táchira. Following a Ukranian-style coup by the book.
Soon the image made it to the mainstream media, which informed [es] that the beheading happened during protests in San Antonio del Táchira. It was also reported that the statue was destroyed [es] afterwards.
Let's remember that Táchira, a Venezuelan border state with Colombia, was the birthplace [es] of the student protests against Nicolás Maduro's government, who ordered the deployment of the army [es] in the zone. The “gochos”, as the locals are known, have been the subject of many memes created by Venezuelan netizens due to their participation in the protests.
Here's another picture of the same scene:
CHAVEZ DECAPITADO!!! pic.twitter.com/YJj53nzCAo
— ALEXANDER MIRELES (@alexandermirele) February 26, 2014
TeaLeafNation uses China's dominant search engine Baidu's search history to finish half-written questions about different provinces in China. They plot the stereotypes onto an interesting map about China. For example, Beijing was associated with “smog” and Xinjiang was considered as “being chaotic”. The piece has also explained the stereotypes about different provinces in details.
After China's Railway Station attack last Saturday, the tension between Uighurs and majority Han people has escalated. However, a group of ordinary Uighur people started an online campaign “#I’m from Xinjiang#” to fight stereotypes of Xinjiang people. In China, “Uighurs” are often labeled as “thieves,” “unappreciative separatists” and “knife-wielding terrorists.” Read more details from Offbeat China.
The Strumica Carnival took place in Macedonia from March 1-3, 2014. This traditional celebration [mk] was first mentioned as early as 1670 by Ottoman travel writer Evliya Çelebi and this year was featured by NBC News in a report about twelve similar events around the world.
Photo-activist Vanco Dzambaski shared his photo gallery from this year's Carnival events on Flickr.