culture / society

United Arab Emirates

Oil On Canvas? Art As Seen Through Black Gold

An art exhibition in Dubai depicts an alternative story of the Middle East, using oil as a starti...

Bolivia

Flying (And Landing) High In La Paz

La Paz's airport delivers on its name: El Alto is indeed the highest international airport in the world. Luckily neither my wife Claudine (pictured here in the foreground) nor I suffered from ...

India

The Violent Roots Of India's Subjugation Of Women

Two centuries ago, widows were sometimes strapped to the funeral pyres of their husbands and burn...

France

Watch: OneShot — The Kaiser Of Fashion Leaves The Runway

"Legendary," "pioneering," "the savior of Chanel," "fashion icon..." Superlatives abound in international headlines as news outlets take a moment to pay homage to the German-born designer Karl ...

Argentina

Looking Back At Che Guevara, Rebel Icon — And Photographer

Included in a new exhibition in Rosario, Argentina — Che's birthplace — are image...

Kenya

Watch: OneShot — Rare Black Leopard Photo Caught In Darkness

"I (had) never seen a high-quality image of a wild black leopard come out of Africa," British wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas wrote recently. So he sprung to attention when word arrived ...

France

How Paris Became The World's Electric Scooter Capital

Competition is fierce as no fewer than six self-service electric scooter startups vie for control...

Germany

Knocked Out By A Headscarf: German Boxer Fights For Her Rights

Zeina Nassar is already a national featherweight champion. But to reach greater heights, she'...

Syria

Watch: OneShot — Syria, When War Was Just A Game

When War Was Just A Game (© Étienne Mallard) | OneShot Etienne Mallard has spent a lifetime venturing far and wide. A retired high-school philosophy teacher, he has always considered ...

Sri Lanka

A Happier Kind Of Philosophy

I'm not a religious person. As a philosophy teacher, my go-to thinker was Spinoza, who once wrote that religion was created "to deceive the people and to constrain the minds of men" But I guess ...

United States

Watch: OneShot — Bertrand Piccard's Solar Impulse Selfie

Bertrand Piccard's Selfie — © Solar Impulse | OneShot Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg accomplished a feat of aviation that few believed possible: the first Round-The-World flight, ...

Germany

German Study: Gender Stereotypes Stick In Children's Literature

We know that children's books educate, shape, socialize. And yes, according to a new study ba...

Japan

Longer Lives, Dying Alone And The Things We Leave Behind

As life expectancy numbers rise, a growing number of seniors experience kodokushi (lonely death),...

China

How One-Child Policy Still Weighs On China's Fertility Rate

Three years after the end of the one-child policy, China's fertility rates are now falling. T...

India

Mumbai's Monorail Debacle, Lessons For Other City Planners

MUMBAI — On December 14, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) abruptly terminated its contract with the Indo-Malaysian consortium L&T-Scomi Engineering Bhd to manage the ...

Germany

The Women Who Opposed Hitler And Why They Were Forgotten

Many women in Munich were active in the resistance against the Nazis, but hardly anyone knows the...

India

Educating Adivasi: The Side Effects Of School For India's Indigenous

“Why do we want to fit everyone in our narrative of what is civilized?..."

Germany

Is Biodegradable Always Environment-Friendly?

Bioplastic sounds like a welcome eco-alternative to the many plastic products we use daily. But t...

Venezuela

A New Menace To Society In Maduro's Venezuela: Malaria

The South American country's economic and political crises have helped usher in the return of...

China

China's Overworked Students: A Government Responsibility

Facing severe social competition, China's youngsters are under increasing academic pressure. ...

Argentina

Belle Époque Glamor Coming Back To Harrods — In Buenos Aires

Architects plan to restore one of the Argentine capital's architectural gems, but with new co...

Brazil

Ninja Fruit On Brazilian Roadside

Fruit vendors were a common sight when we drove through Brazil's Minas Gerais state. My wife Claudine didn't have to wait long: It took this woman no longer than three minutes to expertly slice ...