|6 hours ago|| Dissident Russian artists getting squeezed by political pressure|
MOSCOW — The climate of hostility toward critical voices that has already changed the face of Russianjournalism and politicsis focusing on a new target: the arts.
In Moscow, a city that prides itself on a rich cultural heritage, there are no official policies restricting artistic freedom. But from the theater to the rock concert stage to the contemporary art exhibition hall, artists who question the status quo are increasingly finding themselves targets for political censure — or even shutdown. Read full article >>
|12 hours ago|| China bars AIDS activist from traveling despite talk of ending discrimination|
BEIJING — A Chinese AIDS activist said Thursday that she has been forced to cancel a trip to attend a U.N. conference on discrimination against women after authorities seized her passport.
On the face of it, the travel ban might seem puzzling. China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, is a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and she told a national conference on the subject in Beijing this week that she wants to promote efforts to end discrimination against those who have the disease and to ensure social justice. Read full article >>
|20 hours ago|| WorldViews: Here are some hot takes on Mark Zuckerberg’s Mandarin skills|
Facebook's CEO pulled off an undeniably impressive feat Wednesday in Beijing. Four years after Mark Zuckerberg announced that he would take up Mandarin in all the spare time he has while running a $200 billion-plus company, the executive sat down for a 30-minute question-and-answer session with Chinese students, with whom he spoke entirely in Mandarin. Read full article >>
|24 hours ago|| WorldViews: Rwanda backs down on Ebola screening for incoming Americans and Spaniards|
On Sunday, Rwanda, an East African nation far from the core of West Africa's Ebola outbreak, announced it would be screening passengers from America and Spain for Ebola.
For some observers, it seemed a remarkable act of schadenfreude. That an African nation (one free of Ebola) would impose restrictions from two Western nations (both with a handful of Ebola cases) seemed to mirror the Western ignorance about Africa and Ebola. Notably, it came just a few days after a school in New Jersey kept home two exchange students from Rwanda due to concern over Ebola -- despite the fact that New Jersey is far closer to Texas, where two people contracted the virus, than Rwanda is to the Ebola-stricken nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea. Read full article >>