Many New Year’s celebrations have been cancelled in India’s capital New Dehli, an act of solidarity with a young rape victim who died this weekend. Also, we remember late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who passed away this year, and his involvement in the Free Tibet Movement. And the nation of Equatorial Guinea, builds a new capital city deep in the jungle.
Anger is deepening in India, where residents are holding vigils in memory of a 23-year-old gang rape victim who died this past weekend. Ananya Vajpeyi, an associate Fellow with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi attended two very different protests on New Year’s eve.
The Pakistani government has gone “ban-crazy” recently, in the name of national security. The most disruptive restriction, say critics, has been the ban on cell phone use. Fahad Desmukh reports from Karachi.
Champagne, or sparkling wine, is the staple drink around the US for those in shimmering dresses and tuxedos, but there are other interesting traditions worth noting in case you’d like an alternative beverage to help usher in 2013.
Aditya Kumar is a writer in Bangalore. This is his New Year’s Eve message to friends around the world.
Tazaungdaing, also called Myanmar’s Festival of Lights, happens every year on the full moon day at the end of the eighth month of the Burmese Buddhist calendar.
As the year comes to a close we remember late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch and his involvement in the Free Tibet Movement.
Marco Werman’s Christmas week conversation with Jonathan Mazower of Survival International about the importance of real-life reindeer for many northern people brought a flashback to my own trip to the far north 15 years ago to report on reindeer (also known as caribou), oil, native people and a rapidly changing Arctic for the public radio program Living on Earth.
Tunes spun on The World between our reports for December 31, 2012. Artists featured are: Tingstad and Rumbel, AfroCubism, Hip Son (created by Milan Kovacev), The Cathedral Brass.
Through 21 months of fighting in Syria, a French ex-pat has refused to leave the country. Instead, he runs a night club in Damascus. Bar-owner Jean Pierre Duthion explains to Host Marco Werman why he will host a New Year’s celebration there in spite of the dangers and sadness of war.
More Syrians are trying to leave their war-torn nation. Many head for neighboring Jordan, but as The World’s Matthew Bell discovered not all are welcome. The Jordanian authorities try to turn away Syrians with Palestinian IDs.
Reporter Daniel Estrin in Tel Aviv tells the story of how a troupe of Russian directors founded one of Israel’s most celebrated theaters.
Which African nation is building a new capital deep in the jungle in the middle of its territory? Clue: this is the only nation in sub-Saharan that includes Spanish as an official language.
To help promote their new single “Blue Ice,” Swedish indie rockers Shout Out Louds reached out to a Stockholm ad agency to create working records out of ice.
We remember General Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded US forces to victory in the 1991 Persian Gulf war. China tightens restrictions on internet use. And Germany’s fanatic fascination with crime fiction.