culture / society


YouTubers Help Male Grooming Finally Step Out Of The Shadow

GENEVA — His video, “I'm testing a blackhead vacuum,” has more than 200,000 views. The one entitled, “Baldness: my hair transplant” has been seen at least 440,000 times. But his bestseller remains ...


Aging At Record Pace, Brazil Faces Demographic Emergency

Countries like France and Spain, already known for their inhabitants' longevity, needed three...


Madrid To Chicago, Tracking Down Ancient Colombian Treasures

Colombian cultural officials have been busy trying to recover an ancient burial treasure displaye...


Lobsters Feel Pain, Friends Is Sexist — And I Just Can't

-OpEd- Over the past week or so, it’s been hard not to feel disoriented by what is constantly being thrown at us, in this hyperconnected planet of ours, and not to get the feeling from our ...


Of Dresses And Women’s Liberation, A Brief History

The historian and sociologist Georges Vigarello recounts the evolution of the dress, which tells ...


Wagah The Dog? The Daily Paradox Of Pakistani-Indian Border Ritual

WAGAH — Here at the India-Pakistan border, thousands of men, women and children have gathered to watch a stunning ritual: On either side of the border, military march back and forth, as music ...


Afghanistan's Female Poets Secretly Share Forbidden Words

Safe from the disapproving eyes of their families, women writers gather secretly in Jalalabad to ...


Wife Of Chinese Activist Petitions To Live In Jail With Husband

Lai Wei'e wants to stay by the side her Chinese human rights advocate husband, Liu Yao, who w...


The Marriage Algorithm, India's Caste-Conscious Answer To Tinder

CHENNAI — In Murugavel Janakiraman’s office, his daughter's drawings are pinned up next to family photographs. He proudly points out his children, Arjun and Anisha, his mother, who lives with ...

United States

Dope In Denver, Taking A Mile-High Legal Marijuana Stroll

Colorado was among the first states in the U.S. to decriminalize marijuana. Our European correspo...


India-Pakistan, A Cricket Metaphor For Nationalism

NEW DELHI — Farooque was a Kashmiri. He hated India. His cousin was killed by security forces at a demonstration in Srinagar. This was 1990. We were classmates, and I always took him head on for ...


Black Screen: Experimental French TV Show Is All About Audio

An experimental television show on France's Canal+ relies more on sounds than images to scare...


In Sickness Or In Health? My Exhausting Life As A Hypochondriac

For the entire time that I was in the Caribbean on vacation, I was convinced I had lymphoma.


11 Most Popular Worldcrunch Articles Of 2017

Venice For Sale? Historic Buildings Flipped Into Airbnbs​​ LA STAMPA A Woman's Perspective On Divorce In The Arab World More and more people in Muslim-majority countries are opting ...


The Tyranny Of New Year's Eve Expectations

GENEVA — “What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?” A simple question that comes up in December, but is enough to make some people break into a cold sweat. “For years, New Year’s Eve has given me ...

Palestinian Territory

Watch: OneShot — A Young Girl On The Beach

OneShot — A young girl on the beach, 2013 (©Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR) OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video. Follow ...


Staff Favorites: Our 10 Best Stories Of 2017

A Call To Philosophers: Join The Fray, Help Fix Our World Our era of authoritarian rulers and "alternative facts" makes the guiding light of philosophy more vital than ever. SÜDDEUTSCHE ...


Watch: OneShot — Nuit Noire

OneShot — Nuit Noire, 1986 (©Stanley Greene/NOOR) OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video. Follow ...

South Korea

Young Passion For Pansori, Reviving A South Korean Tradition

Youth performers revive pansori, the folkloric art of musical storytelling, a South Korean cultur...

United States

My Grown Son And The Language Of Autism, A Christmas Tale

He's laughing and blushing, but he's not having any of this Christmas singing stuff. No way!


Where Indian Camels Are As Sacred As Cows (But Vanishing Fast)

In the northwestern state of Rajasthan, camels have long been worshipped as the main source of tr...


Santería And The Spiritual Soul Of Socialist Cuba

An Afro-Caribbean religion dating back to the days of slavery, Santería has adapted to bot...