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Alessandro Mahmoud, who goes by Mahmood, on stage during the first night of the 69th Sanremo Music Festival in Sanremo, Italy, on Feb. 5. (Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images)

According to Italy’s Leaders, Rap Music Is Un-Italian

When a rapper named Alessandro Mahmoud won the country’s most prestigious music contest, xenophobic leaders quickly took advantage of his victory to open a new front in the culture war.

In Chinese Parents, the player struggles with the challenges of raising a kid in modern China. (Coconut Island Games)

Press ‘A’ to Study Harder

A new video game captures the anxiety of Chinese parenting.

Vladimir Putin poses for a photo with the Kremlin-friendly rapper, Timati, during a meeting with his campaign activists in Moscow, on March 5, 2012.

Putin’s Public Enemy

The Kremlin is going after Russian rappers, but the government can't control a culture it doesn't understand.

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Street Smart

Why South Africa’s formerly segregated townships are still central to its imagination.

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German Philosophy Has Finally Gone Viral. Will That Be Its Undoing?

A new generation of rockstar philosophers are taking the discipline to the masses. But their TED Talks, TV shows, and best-sellers might be ruining it forever.

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Verdirbt Richard David Precht die Deutsche Philosophie?

Eine neue Generation deutscher Philosophen bringt die Disziplin Kants, Hegels und Adornos näher ans Volk als je zuvor -- und vielleicht eher zu Fall.

On this episode of The E.R., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

And the Oscar Goes To…

Sunday’s Oscar snafu was the perfect summary of the world we live in today. Is this the new norm in Trump’s America?

HAVANA. On the shore of the morro, a former military fort constructed during Spanish colonial times.

Night Creatures

Out of work, Cuban youth revel after dark in Havana's underground electronic music scene.

HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 24:  Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones wave as they exit their plane after landing at the Jose Marti International Airport on March 24, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The Rolling Stones are in Havana to play a free concert for the first time, after the music was once banned by the Cuban government.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But Cuba Gets a Free Rolling Stones Show

After being banned by the Cuban government, the Rolling Stones will perform their first-ever concert on the island Friday night.

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Patriots Fans Around the World Are Thrilled Tom Brady’s Suspension Is No More

Patriots fans around the world are celebrating the nullification of Tom Brady's suspension.

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In California, Diddy Is an Alleged Terrorist. Under U.S. Law, Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Is Not.

Rap mogul Diddy has been charged with making a terror threat by California authorities. Under U.S. law, Charleston shooter Dylann Roof isn't eligible to face the same.

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From China, Love and Hate for Common’s Oscar Speech

The recording artist's nod to Hong Kong protesters set off a social-media flame war.

Shakespeare Sothebys

Wherefore Art Thou Luomiou?

Shakespeare is booming in China. But translating the Bard’s greatest works isn’t as clear as a summer’s day.

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