Chekist Chic

In the Soviet 1920s the leather jacket was the communist fashion statement.  It symbolized proletarian ruggedness, ideological fortitude, and the quintessential expression of revolutionary manliness.  The fact that few “proletarians” could avoid such a luxury was irrelevant. Cowhide was more an accoutrement for those who lacked the proletarian stock to acquire the image of a [...]

Two Muktaneer boys have passed H.S. Examination‏

Rinku babu Mondal A thoughtful, intelligent and sensitive boy, has experienced more hardship in his short life than most people do in a lifetime. His father worked as a night watchman at a fishery whilst Rinku stayed at home with his younger brother, sister and mother. They led poor but a happy life, until one [...]

Malaysia: Racial and ethnic divisions belie the myth of multiethnic harmony

For many years during the 1990s the slogan of the glitzy advertisement produced for the Malaysian Tourism authority was “Malaysia: Truly Asia”. In this ad, which mainly aired on international cable news channels such as CNN and BBC World, Malaysia’s multicultural and multiethnic diversity is showcased alongside the country’s natural beauty and tourist attractions. Blog [...]

Palestine through the lens of a caged bird

Ahmad Mesleh is not just a photographer taking photos in Palestine, but a Palestinian taking photos of his own fellow countryman as they struggle to fight against an occupation. For him it is more than just photography, his camera is the ‘Eye on Palestine’. The struggle for him is not only overcoming occupation but also [...]

Shivaratri- The Weed Day celebrated here in Nepal (video)

The festival of Shivaratri was celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal among the devotees, followers, yogis, and sadhus here at Pashupatinath Temple Kathmandu Nepal. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world came to this temple just to pay their homage to lord Shiva where lines were seen from a day before. Traffic around [...]

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