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Arab Idol Winner Wants to Give Back to Gaza
Culture / Music / Palestine, West Bank, and Gaza Strip

Arab Idol Winner Wants to Give Back to Gaza

Last year’s feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an interview … Continue reading »

Bangkok – Thailand’s Capital Deserves Attention
Culture / Lifestyle / Thailand

Bangkok – Thailand’s Capital Deserves Attention

In a turbulent year which saw a military coup in May, anti-government protests, and then martial law, peace has returned to the Thai capital. Thailand has long been a popular spot for winter sun, but sultry Bangkok was always seen more as a gateway to the picture-perfect southern islands. That perception is changing, however. Some … Continue reading »

Louis Vuitton Art Museum Opens in Paris, France
Architecture / Art / Culture / France

Louis Vuitton Art Museum Opens in Paris, France

It is one of the most eye-popping feats of modern architecture in the world. The hyper-modern ship-like Louis Vuitton art museum opened its doors on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne park, on Monday in a glitzy ceremony attended by French president François Hollande. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, known for designing the Walt Disney … Continue reading »

World’s First Wikipedia Monument Designed by Armenian Sculptor Unveiled in Poland
Armenia / Art / Culture

World’s First Wikipedia Monument Designed by Armenian Sculptor Unveiled in Poland

The world’s first monument in tribute to online encyclopedia Wikipedia was unveiled in the town of Slubice, on the German border, Wednesday, Polish Radio reports. The monument, which stands 2.5m high, consists of four people raising aloft a globe-shaped puzzle, the latter being the symbol of Wikipedia. The sculpture itself was created by Armenian-born Mihran Hakobyan, … Continue reading »

Myanmar Seeks to Double Bean Exports to Europe
Burma / Culture / Economy / Food

Myanmar Seeks to Double Bean Exports to Europe

Local bean companies aim to double the export volume of beans to quality-sensitive European markets starting in the coming export period of January, bean exporters told Mizzima. Seven bean companies meet the quality standards demanded in Europe. They have been exporting a yearly total of 3,000 beans – mainly mung beans including the red kidney … Continue reading »

Estonian Edition of Mo Yan’s “Red Sorghum” Collection Launched
Culture / Estonia / Language / Literature

Estonian Edition of Mo Yan’s “Red Sorghum” Collection Launched

The translation author, Estonian professor from the faculty of Oriental Language of Tartu University, Mart Laanemets delivered a speech at the launching ceremony in Tartu, Estonia, Oct. 22, 2014. The Estonian edition of the “Red Sorghum” Collection written by Chinese Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan was launched on October 22 at the Tartu University in … Continue reading »

Norwegian Reality TV Show Casting Americans With Nordic Heritage
Culture / News / Norway

Norwegian Reality TV Show Casting Americans With Nordic Heritage

A Norwegian reality television show called “Alt for Norge” is casting Norwegian-Americans to travel to Norway and appear on the show, which exposes competitors to Scandinavian foods and culture. The catch is that contestants cannot have previously visited the motherland, a stipulation that precludes much of Bay Ridge’s Norwegian-descended population, which retains strong ties to … Continue reading »

25 Peruvian Cultural Treasures Returned to the Government of Peru
Art / Culture / Peru

25 Peruvian Cultural Treasures Returned to the Government of Peru

Four separate investigations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led to the seizure of several looted Peruvian artifacts smuggled into the United States during the last several years. The artifacts were returned Wednesday to the Peruvian Consuls during simultaneous repatriation ceremonies in San Antonio, Denver and Boston.  FULL STORY Continue reading »