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Tenzing Tsondu’s rise to fame happened seemingly by accident. One day, he was an ordinary teenager and herder in his native Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, part of the southwestern province of Sichuan; the next, a short video of him went viral and he was the “horse prince,” a little fresh-meat idol to be salivated over on social media. Better known by his Mandarin name, “Ding Zhen,” Tenzing Tsondu’s Chinese fans invented all kinds of secondary nicknames for him, from the above-mentioned horse prince to tianye nanhai: the “sweet-wild boy.”

http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1006739/ding-zhen-and-the-myth-of-the-true-khampa-man

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January 26, 2021 marked 30 years since the capture of Mogadishu by opposition forces and their overthrow of the pre-war government at the dawn of Somalia’s civil war. Decades of conflict have left innumerable visible and unseen scars on the city and its inhabitants. An ancient African city once known as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” Mogadishu was previously a prosperous part of the many sultanates that burgeoned along the coast of East Africa. Also known as Xamar, for a millennium, the city’s openness, ordinary cosmopolitanism, and lure of opportunities have attracted people from the Somali hinterland and beyond.

https://africasacountry.com/2021/02/the-pearl-of-the-indian-ocean

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young Chinese are in the midst of a major reappraisal of their country’s modern history, one that is reshaping their attitudes toward the so-called socialist period, roughly defined as the years between the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 and the start of “reform and opening-up” in 1979.

Contributing to this shift has been a wave of pop history articles and videos on social media seeking to revise popular understandings of socialism, Mao Zedong, and the early history of the People’s Republic. But articles on their own don’t make a movement; they’ve resonated so deeply because of how very different young Chinese experiences and attitudes are from previous generations. Put simply: Life under capitalism isn’t all it was cracked up to be.

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1006523/fed-up-with-capitalism%2C-young-chinese-brush-up-on-das-kapital

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Aktualni regionalni problem u raspodjeli vode Nila stvorila je Etiopija koja je prije deset godina na Plavom Nilu počela graditi golemu branu, nazvanu "Brana velikog etiopskog preporoda". Kada bude zgotovljena, ta bi brana trebala uvelike riješiti elektroenergetske probleme Etiopije. Po potencijalu (6,45 gigavata instaliranog kapaciteta) to će biti najveća brana u Africi i jedna od najvećih na svijetu. No brana bi trebala donijeti blagodati Etiopiji, ali probleme državama nizvodno od nje – Sudanu i Egiptu. 

https://portalnovosti.com/borba-za-nil

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"Bread, on the other hand, is practically sacred. In Bosnian, there is an idiom applicable to a saintly good person: “As good as bread.” Although it does take land and hard work to produce wheat and grind it into flour that will become dough to be kneaded and baked into bread, its symbolic value has less to do with all the effort than with the fact that it is the poor people’s most basic staple – if you have bread, you have food, and if you have food, you live. Bread, in another words, equals life." - Aleksandar Hemon on "how the taste of home sustained my refugee parents"

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Potraga za korenima teorija zavera vodi nas ne na obode ljudskog znanja, već u samu srž zapadnog liberalnog poretka

Ispod površine, ali dovoljno blizu da se njihovi obrisi uvek naziru, izvirujući na videlo i na najmanji dodir, teorije zavere iskrivljuju, potiskuju i zamagljuju materijalnu realnost koja nas okružuje. Umesto smislene političke ili ekonomske kritike, umesto da razvijaju društvenu svest, one nude fantazmagorije o korona virusu i vakcinaciji, globalnom zagrevanju, zračenjima i zaprašivanjima, migrantima.

Odavno su prevazišle kuloare društvenih mreža gde ih obično smeštamo: samo u Srbiji, teorije zavere promovišu profesori sa Mašinskog fakulteta u Beogradu svojim izmišljotinama o HAARP-u, stručnjaci iz Republičkog hidrometeorološkog zavoda koji negiraju ljudski uticaj na klimatske promene, jedna psihijatrica postala je defakto lice antivakcionalnog pokreta, a poseban, autohton primer su sumanute teorije zavere o „skrivenoj istoriji Srba“ koje su uveliko postale deo javnog folklora, a koje je preuzeo i promovisao politički pokret Dosta je bilo. I svima njima, i mnogim drugima, nudi se otvoreni medijski prostor, uključujući i onaj na državnoj radio-televiziji.

Neće njih, drugim rečima, pobediti puko znanje, istina, činjenice. Uostalom, teorije zavere i nisu nastale (samo) iz neznanja, prevara i laži. Sve gorenavedene teorije zavere dele dve ključne osobine, koje će pomoći u njihovom rasvetljavanju: one su sa jedne strane antinaučne, a sa druge vrlo specifično desničarske – usmerene protiv pre svega državnih, zdravstvenih i drugih javnih projekata, kao što su vakcinacija i zaustavljanje klimatskih promena. Zašto je to tako?

https://www.odiseja.rs/srce-tame/

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Ayear after COVID-19 was officially declared a crisis by the Chinese government in Wuhan Province, I traveled to Moi Ndabi on Christmas eve 2019, a fast-growing trading center 40 kilometers from Naivasha town and 140 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. The area is mainly populated by the Maasai people and migrant Kikuyus. I arrived in the sweltering heat of midday, my light blue surgical mask in place. It was the first thing that my hosts and the people at the trading centre noticed. “You people from Nairobi are the ones bringing this corona to us,” one of my hosts, Silvanus Kaamamia said, only half in jest.

“Can you see anybody wearing those things here? Here in Moi Ndabi there’s no corona, this is a foreign disease. It is a white man’s disease and we don’t believe it can infect a black man.” It was as if my mask had suddenly reminded the Moi Ndabi dwellers of the pandemic.

https://africasacountry.com/2021/04/the-unforeseen-threat

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Meritocracy is marketed as a system for the management of scarce resources but is in fact the imposition and justification for scarcity. This article examines university education in Singapore as the prime site for the production of meritocratic ideology and considers the consequences more generally on the Singapore polity.

https://newnaratif.com/research/false-scarcity-singapore-meritocracy/

Seven creators reflect on the struggles and hopes of the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Myanmar.

https://newnaratif.com/comic/ar-myanmar-fights-for-democracy/

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From fairy-rings to Lewis Carroll's Alice, mushrooms have long been entwined with the supernatural in art and literature. What might this say about past knowledge of hallucinogenic fungi? Mike Jay looks at early reports of mushroom-induced trips and how one species in particular became established as a stock motif of Victorian fairyland.

https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/fungi-folklore-and-fairyland

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On Jan. 2, 2011, Li Ruyi, a user of the popular question-and-answer platform Zhihu, created a new topic page on the site. There was nothing particularly extraordinary about this. Topic pages on Zhihu function like a cross between tags — collecting all Zhihu posts related to a given topic in one place — and a Wikipedia entry where curious netizens can read an open-source introduction to a subject or issue compiled by their fellow users. For the first three years of its existence, Li’s topic page attracted almost no interest or edits, but since 2014 it has experienced several bursts of user activity, amounting to thousands of modifications in the space of just a few years.

This sudden surge in user interest comes down to the topic Li chose: feminism. 

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1007168/chinas-3%2C500-post-edit-war-over-feminism

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