Newsletter of December 17, 2021

Today’s newsletter covers intangible cultural heritage of humanity, dozens of travelers to Bali, a bag allegedly stolen by secret services in Romania.

Tbourida in Morocco, inscribed at the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Tbourida, now in UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of Humanity, is a Moroccan equestrian performance simulating a succession of military parades. It dates back from the sixteenth century | © Société Royale d’Encouragement du Cheval, 2016

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: 43 new inscriptions in 2021

Arabic calligraphy, rumba or truffle hunting in Italy are some of the new elements in UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2021. A traditional textile from Timor-Leste, a percussion instrument from Mali and two types of wood-carved canoes used in Estonia and the Federated States of Micronesia are in need of urgent safeguarding with 67 other elements of cultural heritage.

From millions to dozens international travelers in Bali

Bali, and Indonesia, has barely welcomed any international travelers since March 2020. In 2019, 6.3 million international travelers went to Bali. Between April 2020 and October 2021, they welcomed 705 international travelers, approximately 37 a month.

A Romanian senator thinks her bag was stolen in Parliament by secret services

A far-right Romanian senator thinks she is being persecuted and victim of an international conspiracy because of her strong positions against Covid-19 vaccines and the pandemic. She is also involved in a controversy with a team of Italian journalists who came to interview her. She asked them to leave after a few minutes, and then locked them in in her office and called the police they were threatening her. She told officers they had stolen documents from her but the search proved the claims were unfounded. She also said she would run for Romania‘s presidential elections in 2024 under three conditions: “to be healthy, free and alive“.

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