culture / society

India

Past And Present Mingle In The Vibrant Markets Of Delhi

NEW DELHI — While growing up we were subjected, like most school-going children in this country, to rather boring texts in class. The texts were taught by teachers who were even less ...

Jordan

Women (And Their Headscarves) Break Sport Barriers In Jordan

Allowing access for women in sports is about much more than sports. These groundbreaking women ar...

France

Parisian Visitors And Natives

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." Now unlike Ernest Hemingway, ...

Venezuela

Visiting A Surprisingly Quiet And Cheerful Side Of Caracas

A recent trip to Caracas showed a city where many people continue to function for better or worse...

Germany

German Youth: Running Low On Hope

Germany's first post-War generation had cause for optimism. But their descendants have a differen...

Italy

Profile 360° → Sara Gama, A Radical Reset For Italian Soccer

Italian soccer has had its fair share of icons — and prejudices. With the Women's World Cup u...

France

How Good Health And Instagram Squeeze France's Pastry Chefs

Caught between the image-first expectations of social media, and consumer ideas about healthy eat...

France

Trains Or Planes? The Problem With Vilifying Air Travel

The airline industry certainly has room for improvement, but dreaming of a rail-only future ignor...

India

India's Scavengers Seek Recognition As Sanitation Workers

As India votes in national elections, manual scavengers are trying to overcome caste stigma and p...

Colombia

Colombia's 'Rappitenderos' — On The Dark Side Of Uberization

Orange-clad couriers working for the delivery firm Rappi are ubiquitous in Bogota. They're also p...

Germany

Why Does The Left Love Islam So Much?

Some leftists are screaming racism because of a conference on the pros and cons of the headscarf ...

Argentina

The Feminist Case Against Catcalling Laws

"Nice legs baby!" Argentina has taken steps to make certain kinds of verbal harassment a punishab...

Germany

Game Of Thrones As Sport: "Historical Medieval Battle" Is A Thing

In this martial arts where competitors are in knight armor, the athletes beat each other with axe...

Taiwan

Same-Sex Marriage In Taiwan And The Pursuit Of True Equality

-OpEd- TAIPEI — It was back on May 24, 2017 that Taiwan's Constitutional Court ruled that the constitutional right to equality and freedom of marriage also takes into account same-sex ...

Egypt

Egypt's Disabled Demand New Laws, Changed Attitudes

CAIRO — Using sign language, Aya Mohamed, an ambitious secretary in a government-owned institution, explains that she is verbally bullied when she pursues simple daily activities, such as ...

Spain

Spanish Depth Of Field

When I recently pulled out this shot of the Spanish countryside in the 1960s, it reminded me of my childhood when I would watch farmers work in the fields of Burgundy in eastern France. In case ...

Argentina

Buenos Aires Postcard: Translating Borges Into Ukrainian

BUENOS AIRES — "I'm in the literary gang and Borges is my godfather..." Serhiy Borschevsky is the "last remaining" translator in Ukraine of the works of the 20th-century Argentinian writer ...

France

Work → In Progress: Toward A Tech-Powered, Human-Run Future

Machines replacing us humans: Depending on where you stand (and where you work!), this may sound like a dream or a nightmare. Societies have long been fascinated by the idea of handing over ...

Italy

Bicycle Thieves Of Italy, Yesterday and Today

The 1948 neo-realist cinematic masterpiece can be a key to understand Italian society today. With...

France

Scootergeddon: Electric Scooters Invade World Cities

Love them or hate them, electric scooters are changing the very ways we think about mobility and ...

Italy

Ancient Greek, Greta Thunberg And The Gift Of Education

Should schools add new subjects every year to keep up with the times? Or is their job simply to h...

Argentina

What Freud's Shrink Nephew Thinks Of Your Parenting Skills

Child psychiatrist Joseph Knobel Freud, an Argentine-based descendent of Sigmund Freud, says mode...