Policy, Research & Politics

Pussy Riot: Putin-bashing, punk rock and politics make for a riotous mix

It is more than a year since five members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot wearing brightly coloured balaclava masks staged a short and cacophonous performance in front of the altar of Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral.

The Indipendent

Chinese musician seeks enduring India-China ties

She started liking the poetry of India's poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore while in school, and now China's noted dulcimer player Liu Yuening has made the first Chinese transcription of Tagore's songs with the aim of creating an enduring basis for India-China ties as the two countries embark on summit-level talks after a month of problems this week.

News Track India

UN report on the right to artistic expression and creation

A 25-pages report on the right to artistic expression and creation is now available in all UN languages.

Arts Freedom

Musical Fundraiser Helps Mali Refugees

"I launched this initiative, which aimed at breaking the silence, collecting donations and advising national and international public opinion of the catastrophic condition of refugees, in order to speed up a humanitarian food aid convoys," Youssef Ould Mohamed Isa told Magharebia.

All Africa

Iranians pump up the volume for banned tunes

Aryo, 18, has just enrolled in university. As he drives around Tehran in his father's car, Aryo and his friends bang their heads to a western power metal track.

The Guardian

Palestinians unite behind Gaza Strip "Arab Idol" star

The fractious factions in the Gaza Strip and across the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories have found one voice to unite behind - a 22-year-old youth singing songs about a lost homeland on the Middle East's version of 'American Idol'.


Arts proven to combat Alzheimers

New British study proves the benefits of the Arts in treating patients with debilitating mental disease.


Pan-African Song to Celebrate AU

Kenya's finest hit the studio to record a Pan African collaboration with Ghanaian and Togolese stars during the Labour Day holiday. This activity was part of the African Union Golden Jubilee celebrations.

All Africa

Song Critical of Pakistani Generals Is Blocked Online

A Pakistani band with a reputation for satirizing the country's military may have finally gone too far.

The New York Times

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