culture / society

Malawi

In Malawi, The Horrors Of A Sexual Initiation Camp For Young Girls

MULANJE — With her sweet smile and schoolgirl backpack, Awa Kandaya, 20, seems to be the picture of innocence. But it's just a facade. Her virginity was taken away from her at the age of nine when ...

Colombia

Letter To The Pope: Why You Shouldn't Visit Colombia

-OpEd- BOGOTÁ — Father Jorge, dear Pope Francis, less than a month remains before your visit to Colombia. Before Sept. 6, you still have time to make your excuses and cancel. Believe me, you ...

Brazil

In Rio's Favelas, Schools Caught In Crossfire

RIO DE JANEIRO — "Stray bullets invading Rio's schools." "Under threat, schools are closing." "Students injured in shooting." These were titles of articles published by Folha de S. Paulo, ...

Finland

Tom Of Finland, Double Life Of The Gay Icon Who Changed A Nation

His erotic drawings of virile men captured the homosexual zeitgeist. But in his country, where it...

France

When Advertising Attacks Sexist Clichés It Helped To Create

Marketing firms are embracing a strategy called "femvertising" to challenge the sexist gender mol...

Netherlands

Europol Writes Postcards To "Most-Wanted" Fugitives

​Europol is adding a whiff of summer holiday fun to its hunt for hardened criminals. On its website, Europol (the Europe Union's police agency) has issued 21 original digital “postcards” addressed ...

Switzerland

Interlaken, The New Swiss Mecca For Rich Muslim Tourists

The boom from Gulf countries is the direct result of a promotional campaign that features halal m...

Argentina

Why The Tide Is Shifting Toward Marine Conservation

Until recently, conservation focused mostly on land. But Industrial-scale fishing and massive pol...

United States

U.S. v China, A Guide To Style And Diplomacy

-Analysis- There is style, and there is taste. There is also politics. The “style” in question here is the sort that is so often the source of bloody combat in the publishing world: whether to ...

France

All French Medical Students Must Now Be Trained In Terror Response

PARIS — A series of major terrorist attacks since 2015 has changed life in France in big and small ways. Now it is about to change training requirements for French medical students. Beginning in ...

United States

L, G, B & T — Deconstruction Of An Acronym

Perception (and treatment) of gays and lesbians may be different from transgender people — ...

United States

Albert Hofmann: Looking Back At LSD Inventor's First Strange Trip

GENEVA — There are those few rare researchers through the ages so devoted to science that they have used their own bodies as a laboratory for their experiments. After inventing the hallucinogenic ...

France

The Anti-Disneyland, A French Castle Built On Authenticity

Guédelon, an attraction in Burgundy, recreates the Middle Ages in a way that aims to make ...

Italy

How Mussolini Is Making A Comeback On Social Media

The "brand" of Il Duce is doing particularly well on Facebook and Instagram.

Kenya

Race For Her Rights, Rwandan Cyclist Takes On Sexism

Jeanne d'Arc Girubuntu, a 22-year-old cycling champion, strives to be a role model and to ins...

Italy

Trump Masks, Warhol And The Temptations Of Instagram

PARIS — As the editor of what we call a “digital magazine,” I must make lots of choices on any given day as the various streams of news — real and fake and often just pointless — criss-cross on my ...

Brazil

How Brazilian Soccer Became An Elitist Pastime

High ticket prices and fancy stadiums are making the games of the national pastime off-limits for...

Germany

Holocaust Rhymes And Lamborghinis, A Jewish Rapper Breaks Taboos In Germany

SpongeBOZZ's new album quickly shot up the German hip-hop charts, but his irreverence is tell...

Indonesia

Headbangers In Hijabs: Meet Muslim Teen Girl Metal Band

In Indonesia, the heavy metal band Voice of Baceprot is turning and banging heads. But critics sa...

Argentina

An Architect's Tallest Ambition, Just A Corner Of A Beautiful City

César Pelli has designed some of the world's best known skyscrapers. But he writes tha...

France

Extra! Patriotism And Mourning A Year After Nice Terrorist Attack

Nice Matin, July 13, 2017 This year's Bastille Day celebrations will have special meaning in Nice, as the southern French city commemorates the first anniversary of the July 14, 2016 attack ...

Germany

Parenting Lessons, From Walden To Whatsapp

"I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings." These wise words were written by American ...