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04.12.2020

Money or life

Money or life

(Without art and culture, everything is calm) Volleyball players cheer, soccer players slip in, women and men weave their way into the bobsleigh for the chase through the ice channel – all on a media-rich stage for their club or country. And where are the actors of the scene? Nothing,… »

02.12.2020

In the Middle East, words escape prison walls to inspire freedom and hope

In the Middle East, words escape prison walls to inspire freedom and hope

This post was written by Khalid Ibrahim, executive director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly in the MENA region. Human rights defenders have nothing but words to defend the civil and human rights of their people. Their enemies,… »

27.11.2020

During the Cold War, Latin American intellectuals found solace in communist Prague

During the Cold War, Latin American intellectuals found solace in communist Prague

Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Amado, and Pablo Neruda were among the illustrious visitors Before COVID-19, Prague was visited every year by millions of tourists looking for cheap beer and spectacular architecture. In the 1950s, on the other hand, the capital of then-Czechoslovakia attracted a very different crowd of travelers: Leftist intellectuals from… »

27.11.2020

Maradona: why the English can’t let go of the Hand of God and Latin Americans love it

Maradona: why the English can’t let go of the Hand of God and Latin Americans love it

The death of the greatest player in the history of the game of Association Football, Diego Armando Maradona, on 25 November produced an outpouring of grief and nostalgia around the world. He was such an important figure in his native Argentina that the president declared three days of mourning. In… »

22.11.2020

South Korea towards a multicultural nation!

South Korea towards a multicultural nation!

by Bereket Alemayehu and Nicole Lobos This part of Korea is home to 2.5+ million foreigners who reside all over the country. We are part of the working forces in different fields such as industries and manufacturing, trading and business, education and studies, diplomacy. Recently, a few of us are… »

21.11.2020

After back-to-back typhoons, Filipinos criticize President Duterte’s absence from public eye

After back-to-back typhoons, Filipinos criticize President Duterte’s absence from public eye

A hashtag calling for Duterte’s ouster also trended on Twitter #NasaanAngPangulo (‘Where is the President?’) began trending on Twitter as Filipinos criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s absence from the public eye and a lack of government relief efforts following two successive typhoons which hit the Philippines starting on November 1. Typhoon… »

19.11.2020

Solve suffering by blowing up the universe? The dubious philosophy of human extinction

Solve suffering by blowing up the universe? The dubious philosophy of human extinction

At a time when humans are threatening the extinction of so many other species, it might not seem so surprising that some people think that the extinction of our own species would be a good thing. Take, for example, the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, whose founder believes that… »

14.11.2020

UNESCO to organize forum on protection of cultural heritage

UNESCO to organize forum on protection of cultural heritage

UNESCO and European institutions will hold an online forum next week to address the challenges of protecting cultural heritage and the role of multilateralism in that goal, according to the world organization. In a statement, UNESCO set out that the event coordinated with the German government, the European Commission and… »

14.11.2020

Spain’s official linguistic institution steps back from gender-neutral pronoun

Spain’s official linguistic institution steps back from gender-neutral pronoun

The institution added and removed the pronoun from new portal The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), a cultural institution dedicated to the linguistic regulation of the Spanish-speaking world, inaugurated the “Observatory of Words” portal on October 27. The portal is a provisional collection of terms and expressions that do not… »

08.11.2020

Can the law stop internet bots from undressing you?

Can the law stop internet bots from undressing you?

Imagine that you upload a photograph of yourself on holiday to your favourite social media platform. You are dressed in a swimsuit and you are smiling at the camera. Now imagine later coming across this image while scrolling through your newsfeed. You recognise your face and the background and it… »

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