culture / society


Madrid To Chicago, Tracking Down Ancient Colombian Treasures

Colombian cultural officials have been busy trying to recover an ancient burial treasure displaye...


Lobsters Feel Pain, Friends Is Sexist — And I Just Can't

-OpEd- Over the past week or so, it’s been hard not to feel disoriented by what is constantly being thrown at us, in this hyperconnected planet of ours, and not to get the feeling from our ...


Sinai Spectral: High-Tech In Ancient Library Reveals Layers Of History

Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery holds a treasure trove of ancient texts. But spectral i...


Of Dresses And Women’s Liberation, A Brief History

The historian and sociologist Georges Vigarello recounts the evolution of the dress, which tells ...


Afghanistan's Female Poets Secretly Share Forbidden Words

Safe from the disapproving eyes of their families, women writers gather secretly in Jalalabad to ...


Wife Of Chinese Activist Petitions To Live In Jail With Husband

Lai Wei'e wants to stay by the side her Chinese human rights advocate husband, Liu Yao, who w...

South Korea

Olympic Peace Dreams, From Ancient Greece To The Korean Peninsula

-Analysis- PARIS — Compete, don’t kill. The idea that peace might be achieved through sporting is an old paradox. Pitting athletes and countries against each other in a non-lethal — and ...


The Marriage Algorithm, India's Caste-Conscious Answer To Tinder

CHENNAI — In Murugavel Janakiraman’s office, his daughter's drawings are pinned up next to family photographs. He proudly points out his children, Arjun and Anisha, his mother, who lives with ...


India-Pakistan, A Cricket Metaphor For Nationalism

NEW DELHI — Farooque was a Kashmiri. He hated India. His cousin was killed by security forces at a demonstration in Srinagar. This was 1990. We were classmates, and I always took him head on for ...


Black Screen: Experimental French TV Show Is All About Audio

An experimental television show on France's Canal+ relies more on sounds than images to scare...

United States

Colombian Birthplace Of García Márquez, Risks Of A Vanishing Myth

Delving into the meaning of the decline of Aracataca, the birthplace of Colombian master and Nobe...


In Sickness Or In Health? My Exhausting Life As A Hypochondriac

For the entire time that I was in the Caribbean on vacation, I was convinced I had lymphoma.


The Tyranny Of New Year's Eve Expectations

GENEVA — “What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?” A simple question that comes up in December, but is enough to make some people break into a cold sweat. “For years, New Year’s Eve has given me ...

Palestinian Territory

Watch: OneShot — A Young Girl On The Beach

OneShot — A young girl on the beach, 2013 (©Tanya Habjouqa/NOOR) OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video. Follow ...


Watch: OneShot — African Immigrants Reaching Italy

OneShot — African immigrants reaching Italy, 2015 (©Francesco Zizola/NOOR) OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video. ...


Staff Favorites: Our 10 Best Stories Of 2017

A Call To Philosophers: Join The Fray, Help Fix Our World Our era of authoritarian rulers and "alternative facts" makes the guiding light of philosophy more vital than ever. SÜDDEUTSCHE ...

South Korea

Young Passion For Pansori, Reviving A South Korean Tradition

Youth performers revive pansori, the folkloric art of musical storytelling, a South Korean cultur...

United States

My Grown Son And The Language Of Autism, A Christmas Tale

He's laughing and blushing, but he's not having any of this Christmas singing stuff. No way!

United States

Watch: OneShot — Gun Rally At The Alamo

OneShot — Gun rally at the Alamo, 2013 (©Nina Berman/NOOR) OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video. Follow ...


Where Indian Camels Are As Sacred As Cows (But Vanishing Fast)

In the northwestern state of Rajasthan, camels have long been worshipped as the main source of tr...


Darth Vader v. French Justice, Surprise Verdict Of Stellar Mock Trial

PARIS — A short time ago, in a place not so far away, Star Wars fans in France were treated to a special Darth Vader drama, with a courtroom plot. Ahead of the release of the franchise's latest ...


Bullfights And Carnival, Botero's Bulging Homage To Picasso

Colombia's best known painter, Fernando Botero, was in France to open a joint exhibition of h...