culture / society

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...

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 ...

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...

Germany

Despacito And 5 Other Non-English Hits That Went Global

Despacito, by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, is 2017’s runaway worldwide hit. Muy bien! It follows a long, though not-so-frequent history of non-English songs breaking down language barriers ...

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 ...

Greece

Greek Debts: Is It Time To Let The Venus De Milo Go Home?

PARIS — Every day, tourists in the Louvre crowd around the Venus de Milo. The two-meter high armless marble lady is one of the museum’s most renowned pieces of art. But the statue, recovered by a ...

Colombia

Feminism Should Be Lived, Not Preached

-OpEd- BOGOTÁ — Feminism is an acidic drink, strong, seething and so concentrated that it should be sipped at a pace suitable for each person's palate. There is no key or magic recipe that ...

Colombia

Not A Crowd? Breakthrough Three-Way Marriage In Colombia

Three men tied the knot in a city-sanctioned ceremony that protects inheritance rights of this se...

South Sudan

South Sudan, Where Famine And Ethnic War Feed Each Other

After becoming the world's newest country by separating from Sudan, the nation of South Sudan...

Argentina

The Psychological Price Of Successful Parents

BUENOS AIRES — Eduardo Roverano, 61, inherited the family business, a Buenos Aires funeral home founded in 1883 by his great grandfather. "I have vague memories of when the funeral cart was drawn ...

Rwanda

Rwandan And Congolese Youth United Against Stereotypes Of Genocide

Though peace is far secure between the Democratic Republic Of Congo and Rwanda, organized efforts...

India

The Indian Snake Charmers Refusing To Change Their Tune

NEW DELHI — Wearing orange dresses with matching turbans, a group of folk musicians play tunes on their pungi, also known as been, a traditional flute made from gourd fruit. The audience at ...

Ukraine

In Ukraine, Saving Bears From The Dancing Whims Of Oligarchs

In Synevir, located in the Ukrainian mountains, a unique establishment treats bears that fall vic...

United States

Sexism, From The Streets To The Screen

-Analysis- Battles over sexism are being waged all over the world. In India, Muslim women have brought the “triple talaq” law, which allows men to cut off their wives by repeating “divorce” ...

India

Indian School For Grandmothers Takes On Female Illiteracy

They say it’s never too late to learn. A special school in the Indian state of Maharashtra ...

Colombia

As Oil Reserves Decline, Colombia Looks To Fracking

Colombia may have massive shale oil and gas reserves that could cover the decline in its crude ou...

Cuba

A Saudi Hand Guides Quiet Rise Of Islam In Cuba

Cuba's small but growing Muslim community is getting a boost from Havana's diplomatic ope...

France

Inside The Minds And Maneuverings Of A Cannes Festival Jury

Shrouded in secrecy, the process for picking the winners is a mix of glamour and intrigue.