Immigrants from across the former Soviet Union took to the streets on June 24 during New York City’s Gay Pride Parade to raise awareness of rights violations that homosexuals face in Russia…[read more]
Additionally RFE/RL correspondent Claire Bigg looks into how a new law in St. Petersburg banning the propaganda of homosexuality among minors, is influencing the lives of gay couples. Read: “Being Gay In St. Petersburg Gets Even Harder”
NEW YORK — Intricate gold jewelry and adornments, massive cauldrons designed to feed scores of people, and giant burial mounds where the ancient elite and their horses lie are proving just how sophisticated Kazakhstan’s nomadic groups were…[read more]
NEW YORK — Renowned Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat says her new exhibition, a series of photographs inspired by the Arab Spring and a short film about government censorship, is her most political work yet — channeling both current events and the situation in her native country.
The exhibition, hosted by the Gladstone Gallery in New York City’s artsy Chelsea neighborhood, drew hundreds to its opening night on January 12.
Afterward, Neshat told RFE/RL that she saw the work as her own reflection on and contribution to the wave of popular uprisings that swept through the Middle East and North Africa last year…[READ MORE]
NEW YORK — If not for the police car constantly parked out front, the Islamic community center two blocks from the former site of New York’s World Trade Center would hardly be noticed.
Inconspicuously named after its downtown location, “Park51” occupies a 19th-century industrial building that formerly housed a coat factory.
But what its developers envision is a $100 million, 15-story, modernistic structure that becomes a major multifaith cultural institution.
That vision provides contrasts stark with events of a year ago, when the idea of building a Muslim center and mosque in the vicinity of the 9/11 attacks stirred public passions in New York City and across the country…[READ MORE]
The museum says its goal is to dramatically widen Americans’ perspective on Islamic culture. The opening of the new galleries comes 10 years after 9/11 defined many Americans’ impressions of the Muslim world in a negative way…[READ MORE]