culture / society

Japan

Five Places Around The World Where Women Are (Still) Banned

Many are up in arms after UNESCO granted a small Japanese island World Heritage Site status in June. On face value, Okinoshima Island, home to a 17th-century Shinto shrine, is a worthy World ...

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...

France

Bain De Soleil, How France Invented The Modern Tan

-Essay- PARIS — For a superficial observer, it is one of the lesser-known cultural revolutions and a rather trivial one at that: the dramatic shift in the Western physical ideal, in just over a ...

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...

China

Chinese Faith, When It Comes Time To Choose

-Essay- TAIPEI — I still recall the long journey I made in 1987 during my first visit in China, traveling in crammed buses with the smells of caged poultry on board. Through Guangzhou in ...

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...

India

Surviving India's Modern-Day Witch Hunts

Government crime numbers show that since 2001, more than 2,000 "witches" — most of them wom...

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 ...

France

Macron's Next Trick? Restoring Honor To The Legion Of Honor

Such disreputable figures as Lance Armstrong and John Galliano, Bashar al-Assad and Manuel Norieg...

Canada

Diamond Hunting In The Arctic

The pay is good. And much of the work is automated. But life at the isolated Gahcho Kué di...

India

Muslim 'Instant Divorce' Takes Center Stage In India

MUMBAI — Afreen Rehman, 28, is one of five Muslim women who recently took her case to India's Supreme Court demanding a ban on a controversial practice known as "Triple Talaq," or instant ...

Germany

Hamburg, Vienna, Kuala Lumpur: Cities On The Line

-Analysis- Hamburg is a sleepy place most days. When the G20 isn’t in town, the port city churns with the comings and goings of large, steel barges in its spacious harbor. To the millions of ...

France

France Takes Fidget Spinning To Peak Level

Hand Spinner Mag, July 2017 PARIS — Fidget spinners — or as they're called here, "hand spinners" — have made it to France. Originally created for medical purposes, to help autistic ...

Japan

Japan's Unlikely Love Affair With "One Hundred Years Of Solitude"

In spite of the thousands of miles and cultural distances between Colombia and Japan, Gabriel Gar...

Iceland

5 LGBT Prime Ministers Around The World

As Germany legalizes gay marriage and Ana Brnabic becomes Serbia's prime minister, Worldcrunch celebrates openly gay heads of government around the world. Take 5 — LGBT Leaders Around The ...

Ukraine

Torn Families And Tactical Silences In Ukraine

Though brother fights brother on opposite sides of the war in eastern Ukraine, some people manage...

United Kingdom

Harry Potter V. The Internet

“The boy who lived” turns 20 years old today. Harry Potter, the turn-of-the-century literary sensation, topped bestseller lists and broke box office records across the globe, featuring seven book ...

Colombia

In Rural Colombia, Waging Peace By Safeguarding Water

A project that encourages villagers to protect local river sources is helping revive community li...