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20 August 2014

Do You Have to Be Christian to Be Jamaican?

A Jamaican politician has sparked debate over his comments that "the country has moved too far from God, and has ceased pleasing God."

9 August 2014

Religion and Spirituality Get Tech Savvy in India

Indian tech entrepreneurs and start-ups have taken on ventures trying to tap on Indians' passion on religion and spirituality. This raises issues like whether marketing “God’s” products are ethical.

TJournal's Vadim Elistratov Says It's a Political Time to Be Russian

RuNet Echo

Elistratov explains the creep of politics in Russian daily life, saying the recent barrage of oppressive laws is changing the tone of the country's social discourse.

7 August 2014

#BooksForRasul: What Jailed Azerbaijani Human Rights Defenders Need Most? Books.

A former political prisoner invites people to send books to Azerbaijani activist Rasul Jafarov, who has been arrested and will be spending his 30th birthday in jail.

6 August 2014

Students in India Have Developed a “SmartCane” for the Blind

"It feels great to be able to move around alone," says one happy customer. A new low-cost device, the SmartCane, overcomes the limitations of the traditional cane by using SONAR.

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

5 Modern African Thinkers on Identity, Language and Regionalism

Albeit a bit of a mystery worldwide, African philosophy is strong discipline that has evolved tremendously through history.

23 July 2014

The Purple House, a Collective in Colombia's Medellín ‘To Create, Enjoy and Find Ourselves’

Morada, or Casa Morada, is an initiative born in a complex neighborhood of the Colombian city of Medellín. Learn about its various projects that combine art, education and participation.

20 July 2014

Tour Guides Only Tell You One Version of a City's Story. This New App Lets Residents Tell You Theirs

Rising Voices

Voicemap lets you listen to personal stories about the places you visit. You won't find these stories in the usual tourism guides.

8 July 2014

White Bicycles Are Popping Up in Uruguay to Commemorate Those Killed While Cycling

Some 200 cities around the world have taken part in the project, but it's the first time these ghost bikes have appeared in Uruguay.

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