culture / society

Germany

Anti-Semitism In German Rap, A Loaded Question

-Essay- MUNICH — Artists are now using anti-Semitism and Islamism to shock, and that’s not surprising. But if both listeners and rappers started to finally take music seriously, this could ...

Germany

Hungry Students? Postponed Exams? Ramadan In German Schools

BERLIN — This past week marked the beginning of a period of peace and quiet for Muslims around the world. It is Ramadan, a month dedicated to reflection, prayers, and fasting, where disputes are ...

United States

Brunch: America’s Response To Sunday Mass

Why do Americans brunch so hard? "I don't know," says one young woman from Baltimore. "I'...

Egypt

Low Pay, Limited Freedom: Dark Days For Egypt's Journalists

Low wages, government censorship and even arbitrary detentions. Practicing journalism has become ...

United Arab Emirates

What You Hear Is What You Get: Sound As Subversive Art

Beirut-based contemporary artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan uses sounds to shine a light, so to speak, o...

Colombia

No Gold Mine? No Problem For Colombia's Cajamarca Region

After voting to ban metals mining, residents in the mountainous area west of Bogota are staking t...

India

Women Scientists In India Try New Experiments To Fight Sexism

Bright ideas to limit ways that motherhood so often leads to gender pay gaps and blocked careers ...

Argentina

Mario Vargas Llosa: I Would Like To Die With A Pen In My Hand

In an interview with Miguel Wiñazki of Clarín, the Nobel laureate and author of the...

Chile

In Prosperous Chile, Immigration Policy Smacks Of Racism

New restrictions in Chile effectively target poorer migrants, many of whom are Afro-Caribbeans fr...

India

Buddha Inc? A Mindfulness Path For India To Reclaim Soft Power

NEW DELHI — Despite India’s recent progress, its international influence is not commensurate with its size, might and tradition. India is often criticized for being unable to punch above its ...

Switzerland

(Even Older) Boomerang Children Weigh On Parents' Well-Being

More and more young and not-so-young people are returning home to live with their parents. A phen...

United States

Why Americans Still Haven't Mastered The Work-Life Balance

-Analysis- WASHINGTON — Americans love to contemplate - and legislatively promote, to whatever degree possible - the virtue of hard work. Here in the United States, we already work more hours ...

India

India's Plague Of Systematic Rape Has Not Abated

Women's bodies have become proxy battlegrounds for prejudice and intolerance, a brutal means ...

Colombia

Latin America's Misplaced Obsession In Measuring "Happiness"

The Colombian government's fondness for "happiness" polls may be an attempt ot distract peopl...

France

May 1968, Month One Of The Sexual Revolution?

France will be marking 50 years since the month-long student uprising that challenged the establi...

United States

Economic History Lesson: Trump's Protectionism Will Not Pay

The U.S. trade deficits that have prompted the Trump administration to raise tariffs have a resul...

Switzerland

Rolex, Making Of A Worldwide Reputation From A Swiss Backyard

GENEVA — At a time when trust and truth are under attack, it's somehow comforting to see that some reputations can still go untarnished. For the third year in a row, Swiss company Rolex has ...

Italy

Burning Trash, High Cancer Rates And Shadows Of Italy's Mob

In northern Italy, the city of Pavia has higher-than-average cancer rates and widespread cases of...

Syria

Here We Go Again: Iraq To Syria, Chemical Weapons And Collective Amnesia

-OpEd- Tensions are reaching a bursting point over Syria! Just as Saddam Hussein's (hypothetical) possession of weapons of mass destruction led U.S. President George W. Bush to invade Iraq, the ...

Egypt

A Delicate Anti-Terror Strategy For Egypt's Coptic Churches

As the state’s efforts to secure churches become more centralized, church scouts play an in...

Germany

Between Healthy Fries And Guilt-Free #FatSwissGirls

-Analysis- The Western world isn’t short of public enemies right now. There are, of course, the usual suspects: Putin, Assad, even Mark Zuckerberg seems to have joined the club. But there’s ...

France

Not Just Trump: More Economists Questioning Free-Trade Orthodoxy

For decades, economists scorned protectionism as a losing proposition. Now some have begun to adm...