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31 July 2014

Why July 25 Is a Tragic Date in Puerto Rican History

Constitution Day is celebrated on July 25, but it is also the date of the U.S. invasion in 1898 and the murder of two young pro-independence activists.

29 July 2014

These ‘Poets With a Cause’ Are Defending Social Justice in Crisis-Hit Puerto Rico

"Poetas en Marcha is Felipe the janitor, Sofia the overworked and underpaid secretary, the young adults laughing while having a beer after their final exams, the noble lady selling fruit."

28 July 2014

Why Some Caribbean Authors Are Accusing Trinidad-Born Novelist Monique Roffey of Being a ‘Latter Day Columbus’

After U.K.-based Roffey wrote a blog post exploring modern Caribbean writers, some authors accused her of ignorance about the region's literary history.

24 July 2014

Video: ISIS Destroys Prophet Jonah's Mosque in Mosul, Iraq

The Sunni extremist organisation considers the veneration of saints apostasy and Shia Muslims as heretics

27 June 2014

National Heroes Get a Postmodern Makeover in Kazakhstan's #Selfie Statue Scandal

This week the eyes of the Kazakh Internet have been fixed on an ill-fated statue of two national heroes caught between historical greatness and the trappings of the 21st century.

21 June 2014

Russia's Irresistible Putin Swag

RuNet Echo

Last week, two fashion designers opened a kiosk in a shopping mall outside Red Square, selling t-shirts celebrating Vladimir Putin. Within a day, they'd sold over five-thousand.

20 June 2014

China and Hong Kong Are Supposed to Be ‘One Country, Two Systems.’ Someone Remind China

The Sino-British Joint Declaration gave Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy from China. A recently released white paper from Beijing is seen as a threat to that autonomy.

Urban Pakistani Musicians Jam With a Rural Folk Singer and Create Something Beautiful for the Internet

The video for "Sarak Sarak" was published on Facebook, SoundCloud and Vimeo, but not YouTube - that remains blocked in Pakistan.

16 June 2014

Researchers in Peru Unearth a New Section of the Incan Trail Near Machu Picchu

The path, which is about a kilometer and a half long, went unnoticed for over 500 years.

12 June 2014

What About Bermuda's Unsung Heroes?

Bermuda marks National Heroes Day on June 16, but in the absence of an honoree for this year's celebration, bloggers discuss how the observance of the holiday could be improved.

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