culture / society

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...

Indonesia

Headbangers In Hijabs: Meet Muslim Teen Girl Metal Band

In Indonesia, the heavy metal band Voice of Baceprot is turning and banging heads. But critics sa...

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...

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 ...

China

Who Is To Blame For China's Awful Movies?

-OpEd- BEIJING — Many Chinese films are awful. Who is to blame for this objective fact? An audience typically praises a film when they think it’s good and complain when it isn’t. Yet Feng ...

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...

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 ...

China

"Chinese Dream" Agit Prop Now Airing Before Every Movie In China

BEIJING — Dream or nightmare? Chinese moviegoers will now see for themselves. Starting July 1, the anniversary the Chinese Communist Party, and through its 19th national congress in the fall, ...

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 ...

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

Linguistidio Leviosa! Celebrating Harry Potter Magic In 10 Languages

Ever wondered what's the French for "Slytherin"? Or how Harry Potter​'s voice sound in Hindi, or Hebrew? To celebrate 20 years since the J.K. Rowling's first installment of the series hit ...

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 ...

Argentina

Revisiting The Art — And Argentine Origins — Of Lucio Fontana

A current exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires isn't just about rem...

France

Our Lady Too? American Dollars In Paris To Save Notre-Dame

PARIS - Notre-Dame Cathedral continues to draw millions in the center of Paris. But how long before it starts to collapse? For now, at least, France's most famous cathedral still stands tall ...

Afghanistan

Female-Only TV Station Hits Afghanistan Airwaves

KABUL — When a series of terrorist attacks rocked the Afghan capital late last month, killing more than 150, less than a kilometer away from worst blast, a group of women were busy preparing a ...

Syria

In Syria, The Next War Has Already Begun

Russia, Iran and U.S. are all looking beyond the defeat of ISIS in Syria. But the little game the...

Spain

The Names In Spain Are Mostly The Same, Though That May Change

A tiny revolution can be heard rumbling through Spain: starting June 30, parents will have the ab...

Switzerland

How Human Trafficking Carries Witchcraft To Switzerland

GENEVA — It may sound like hocus-pocus, but with the growing influx of African migrants, social services in Switzerland are having to tackle a new and perplexing problem: witchcraft. The ...