RUE AMELOT

This is Worldcrunch's international collection of essays, which includes pieces written in English and others translated from the world's best writers in any other language. The name for this collection, Rue Amelot, is a nod to the humble address in eastern Paris that we call home. Send ideas and suggestions to info@worldcrunch.com.

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Why Turkey's Assault On Press Freedom Is Different This Time

When I have told the guy working at the grocery store at my neighborhood that I am traveling abroad, he has said: “don’t come back: not if you can.” I said that I have a life here......

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How I Kissed Goodbye To My Dream Of Becoming A Millionaire

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How I Kissed Goodbye To My Dream Of Becoming A Millionaire

-Essay- I recently turned 30, so I reckon I've already lived through one-third of my life. Which means I still have at least 20,000 days to make all of my dreams......

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When You Share A Hometown With Adolf Hitler

BRAUNAU AM INN — The town I live in looks like a picture postcard. It's quaint and colorful and, with 16,000 people, it looks like most small towns in Europe except for one t......

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Silent Delivery, How My Stillborn Twins Made Me A Better Mother

"If only the world's shattered people carried a sign, a small mark of Cain so that we could be gentler with them, maybe smile a bit more – not to pity them, but to console ..."

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Sexism, Italian-Style: Bad News For My Eight-Year-Old Daughter

Italy is, still, a deeply sexist country. A recent murder and suicide remind one mother why part of her shuddered at the thought of having a baby girl.

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Seven Women In A Turkish Holding Cell

This summer, I was arrested in Turkey. It was the wrong time, and I was in the wrong place — visiting the predominantly Kurdish eastern regions of the country. For the first four days I was h......

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The Other Rio — Maria: I Do Not Accept Violence

The third of a three-part series of oral histories from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, so close and yet so far away from the Olympic spotlight.