The Thai Filmmaker Documenting Life at the Margins

Five years ago, Nontawat Numbenchapol struck up an acquaintance with a boy living in Bangkok while working on a PBS documentary about Shan people, an ethnic minority group from Myanmar. The boy told the documentarian that he hoped to become a photographer and filmmaker, and the two connected on Facebook to chat about cameras. By […]

German far-right AfD surpasses Social Democrats to become 2nd strongest party – poll

The populist far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has garnered record high support, latest polling shows. For the first time, the anti-immigrant party has become more popular than the Social Democrats (SPD). Nationwide public support for AfD, which is known for its controversially harsh anti-Islam and anti-immigrant stances, has once again risen to a record […]

Game of Viruses? HBO to dramatize ‘Stuxnet’ cyber attack on Iran

The story behind the shadowy US-Israeli cyber attack against the Iranian nuclear program may soon be coming to TV screens. HBO is reportedly working on a miniseries based on ‘Zero Days,’ an award-winning documentary about Stuxnet. The network behind ‘Game of Thrones’ has reportedly partnered with Carnival Films, the production company behind ‘Downton Abbey,’ to […]

Russia accused of ‘erasing Muslim heritage’ for restoring collapsing Crimean mosque

Russia has been accused of trying to “erase Crimean Muslim culture” by restoring a local mosque. However, workers at the site say they are saving the historic building from crumbling after years of neglect. Many sites in the Crimean peninsula remain in poor condition because there were insufficient funds allocated for their upkeep and restoration […]

Nosferbatu: Researchers reveal vampire bat’s genetic secrets

Scientists have cracked the mystery of how vampire bats can survive solely upon the blood of their victims. The nocturnal Latin American mammals are fascinating creatures, the study leader says. The creepy nocturnal creatures are unique among mammals because they are the only ones that just drink blood. For the first time, scientists studying the […]

150km in 25 minutes: India’s hyperloop test-track to open in 2021

India has pulled ahead in the race to build a hyperloop after pledging to construct a route to connect Mumbai with the city of Pune. When completed, passengers will be able to travel the 150-kilometer journey in 25 minutes. The proposed route will include a detour via the airport in Mumbai. Travelling the route by […]

‘Pimping for terrorists’? Sarah Silverman attacked for saying Jews must denounce Israeli wrongdoing

Jewish-American actress and comedian Sarah Silverman is facing an avalanche of criticism and praise online after saying that Jews should denounce the Israeli government for its wrongdoing. Silverman took to Twitter to show her support for detained Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, who is facing up to 10 years in prison after slapping an Israeli soldier. […]

From Emperor Qin to Pieta: 5 infamous incidents of art vandalism

Chinese officials are calling for the “exemplary punishment” of an American student who damaged a priceless 2,200-year-old statue. One of the famous terracotta warriors lost a finger in the incident. The statues date back to 200 BC, during the reign of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Several of them were on display at the […]

Russian ‘meddling’ as bad as Pearl Harbor attack, some US pundits claim

Following the underwhelming indictment of ‘Russian trolls’ for alleged meddling in the 2016 US elections, some US pundits have doubled down, comparing their actions to the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Following the underwhelming indictment of ‘Russian trolls’ for alleged meddling in the 2016 US elections, some US pundits have doubled down, […]