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Stories about Arts & Culture

26 April 2015

American Artist Returns Stolen Sculptures to Nepal With Her Paintbrush

Kathmandu's temples fell victim to art thieves after the 1950s. American artist Joy Lynn Davis reimagines the sacred sites with their stolen statues returned in her paintings.

Late Author Eduardo Galeano Saw Something Deeply Profound in Soccer

The Uruguayan writer was one of the first in Latin America to dare to muse on the nature of the game known as the opium of the people.

25 April 2015

Tunisia Looks to Tap Into Its History and Push Its Olive Oil Front and Center

The so-called Arab Spring gave Tunisia international name recognition. Now Tunisia wants to be known for something else — its olive oil.

24 April 2015

Relive New York City's Persian Parade

The Tajik flag - similar in appearance to the Iranian flag - was everywhere at this year's Persian parade.

22 April 2015

What Do Africans Think of the Film ‘Timbuktu’ About Life Under Islamic Militants?

In Africa, opinions are divided on the Mauritanian film "Timbuktu." Some love it, others think external factors are the reason for its success.

Bangladeshis Stand Up to Sexual Violence Following New Year's Assaults

Netizens have used social media to try to identify the assailants, who were captured on film in the act. Meanwhile, social media is brimming with protests against sexual violence.

16 April 2015

Japan's ‘Vagina Artist’ Denies Obscenity Charges

Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi, nicknamed "The Vagina Artist" by the Western media, says there's nothing obscene about artwork based on her genitalia.

Cartoon Mascots in China Make Social Policing Cute

The mascots model “civil” behavior” and spread new norms about acceptable public behavior, specifically targeting newly urbanized migrants learning to share urban public spaces for the first time.

There’s Already a Rap Song Dedicated to Russia’s Twerking Bee-Costumed Teens

RuNet Echo

Young people in Orenburg are changing their profile pictures on VKontakte, Russia’s most popular social network, to a banner that reads, “We don’t want to fight, we want to dance.”

15 April 2015

Bengali New Year Takes a Colorful Stand Against Religious Extremism in Bangladesh

Among the fun and festivities for Bengali New Year in Bangladesh was a serious message, "Burn many lights in the darkness of hearts," to commemorate bloggers and activists recently murdered.

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