culture / society

Switzerland

When You're Swiss But Hate The Mountains

Mountains are as integral to Switzerland as beaches are to Tahiti. But that doesn't mean ever...

Germany

How NFL "Socialism" Can Help Save European Soccer

Salary caps, financial compensation, and transfer preferential rights for weak teams level the pl...

Spain

Elvira Sastre, When A Poet Goes Viral

The 25-year-old Spaniard is a millennial literary star, thanks to her deep culture, her talents a...

Saudi Arabia

MBS And Millennials, Inside Saudi Prince's Youth Strategy

RIYADH — In the span of a few months, Hind al-Zahid’s life has changed for the better. "My dream turned into reality," the 38-year-old Saudi says. She’s become the first woman to enter the board ...

Andorra

How Tiny Andorra Became A Major Hub In Smart Cities Movement

ANDORRA LA VELLA — Perched in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, Andorra — with fewer than 80,000 inhabitants — is as small as it is remote. And yet, the European micro-nation is playing a big ...

Sweden

In Cashless Sweden, Even Panhandlers Accept Credit Cards

In Stockholm and around the country cash has disappeared from businesses and banks. Everyone, exc...

United States

Less Sex? Too Bad! How Society Must Change Post-Weinstein

Sure, there is a gray continuum from seduction to annoyance to harassment to assault. But if limi...

Mali

In Mali, Reviving A "Pauper's Grain" To Fight Poverty

This traditional, if neglected, grain could return to favor to fight the persistent rural hunger ...

Turkey

Islam, Ottoman, Erdogan: New Core Of Turkey's Education System

Turkish schools are taking steps to cultivate a "pious generation" by rewriting history and placi...

China

China's School Abuse Scandal Shakes Basic Bonds Of Trust

-Analysis- BEIJING — Two weeks ago, a preschool in Shanghai was exposed for abusing toddlers. One young child was brutally thrown around the floor, while another was forced to eat spicy ...

Argentina

In Buenos Aires, English Charm Of Latin America's Top Boutique Hotel

Vintage wallpaper and other Old World touches meld into chic Buenos Aires surroundings to push Ho...

Colombia

LGBT Progress In Colombia? One Step Forward, Two Bigots Back

Businesses in Colombia have been invited to display gay-friendly signs as a traditionalist societ...

Germany

Islamists Target Christian Converts In German Refugee Centers

Islamists are known to target apostates. For the growing number of Muslim arrivals in Germany, a ...

Italy

Why The Vatican Is Now "Off Limits" For Chinese Tourists

Chinese tourist agencies will be severely punished for organizing tour groups to St. Peter's ...

France

Turkey-And-Egg Question: Which Came First, The Country Or The Bird?

PARIS — The Internet from the East was buzzing with Erdogan, from the West were Thanksgiving recipes ... All this got us Worldcrunch birds to finally ask out loud: Why does a nation of 75 million ...

Israel

Domestic Violence And Israel's Sexist, Orthodox-Driven Divorce Law

Israel's sexist family law is bent to demands of the country's Orthodox community, includ...

Italy

High In Italy's Alps, Ancient Tradition Of Cannabis Cultivation Revived

Actually dude, cannabis plants grown in the northern region of Piedmont are quite low in THC cont...

Switzerland

In Geneva, The Sharing Economy Tries To Break Into Art World

Can't afford original artwork? Never fear. For a small fee, people in Geneva can borrow a pie...

France

Au Pair Or Indentured Servant? Globetrotting Babysitters Face Exploitation

Taking care of a stranger’s children in exchange for food and housing is a popular way to s...

Germany

The Racist, Sexist, Fat-Shaming Show Lighting Up German TV

The new Reality Show "Curvy Supermodel" is supposed to be about body positivity. But the reality ...

South Korea

Cooking Is Like Praying, When A Buddhist Nun Becomes A Celebrity Chef

The South Korea nun's culinary philosophy has influenced chefs and foodies around the world.

Egypt

Reflections On Capital Punishment, Cries From Death Row

-Essay- CAIRO — I had never really thought much about my position on the death penalty. After I watched the film The Life of David Gale, I started to ask myself how one might possibly work on ...