culture / society

Colombia

Latin America's Misplaced Obsession In Measuring "Happiness"

The Colombian government's fondness for "happiness" polls may be an attempt ot distract peopl...

France

May 1968, Month One Of The Sexual Revolution?

France will be marking 50 years since the month-long student uprising that challenged the establi...

Syria

Syria, Victim Of Western Errors Of The Recent Past

We should not be proud of of the insufficient response against the Damascus regime, but total ina...

Switzerland

Rolex, Making Of A Worldwide Reputation From A Swiss Backyard

GENEVA — At a time when trust and truth are under attack, it's somehow comforting to see that some reputations can still go untarnished. For the third year in a row, Swiss company Rolex has ...

Syria

Here We Go Again: Iraq To Syria, Chemical Weapons And Collective Amnesia

-OpEd- Tensions are reaching a bursting point over Syria! Just as Saddam Hussein's (hypothetical) possession of weapons of mass destruction led U.S. President George W. Bush to invade Iraq, the ...

Egypt

A Delicate Anti-Terror Strategy For Egypt's Coptic Churches

As the state’s efforts to secure churches become more centralized, church scouts play an in...

Mexico

Misunderstanding Mexico's So-Called Idle Youth

Youth who neither work nor study number in the millions in Mexico, though not exclusive to it. Th...

Germany

Between Healthy Fries And Guilt-Free #FatSwissGirls

-Analysis- The Western world isn’t short of public enemies right now. There are, of course, the usual suspects: Putin, Assad, even Mark Zuckerberg seems to have joined the club. But there’s ...

Israel

Israel’s Vital New Defense Weapon: An Underground Blood Bank

Slated to open in 2020, Israel's National Blood Services Center is a high-tech insurance poli...

Syria

Syria, How Did It Come To This?

-Analysis- PARIS — The Syrian population continues to endure various armed conflicts. Despite all the attention this war gets from international, political and humanitarian organizations, it is ...

Switzerland

Is Switzerland Finally On Its Way To Being Cool?

It may not be Europe's biggest trend setter, but in subtle ways, the land-locked, quadrilingu...

France

Art History Gets Complicated For The #MeToo Era

Sexually-charged images of women (and occasionally men) being seized and abducted abound in ancie...

Colombia

In Colombia, Peso "Banknote Trees" Ripe For Harvesting

BOGOTA — Maybe money does grow on trees. This week, in the Ciudad del Río sector of Medellín, Colombia's second largest city, passersby were surprised to see a tree "flowering" with banknotes. ...

France

From Memphis To Paris, Martin Luther King's Unfinished Boulevard

PARIS — On any day of the week in Paris, my morning commute is interrupted by the word “Manifestation.” These political demonstrations and labor union protests occur with such frequency that I ...

Italy

A True Political Revolt In Italy? Start With A Woman Prime Minister

Electing a first-ever prime minister could resolve the current Italian post-election impasse, and...

India

Rembrandt's Forgotten India Connection

Stephanie Schrader, curator of a new Getty Museum exhibition, says the Dutch master was inspired ...

Italy

After Brexit And Trump, Italy's Urban-Rural Divide Deepens

Like the the UK and U.S. election surprises before, Italy's recent populist triumphs marked a...

France

A New Brand Of Antisemitism, From France To Germany To Britain

The targeted murder by a Muslim of an elderly Parisian Jewish woman connects hatred of Jews today...

Colombia

Open Air, Open Bar: High-End Teepee Getaway Near Bogota

A quirky hostel in Colombia offers guests bucolic surroundings, Indian tents to sleep in and a ge...

Italy

Deep In Italian Mob Territory, Migrant Workers Face Violence

ROSARNO — A shantytown of tents and shacks stretches out across an abandoned industrial district halfway between the towns of Rosarno and San Ferdinando, deep in the southern Italian region of ...

Japan

Japan v. China: Who Has The Next "Lucky" Generation?

TOKYO — Chinese boys and girls are often referred to as “Little emperor” or “Little princess.” They grow up in surroundings with financial means where six adults are catering to their demands: ...

France

Street Food To Haute Cuisine, How The Burger Conquered France

PARIS — At the Ritz palace overlooking the Place Vendôme, the “Ritz Burger” beaufort cheese, fries and a green salad is sold for 42 euros. At the Crillon bar, the chef’s mini burgers are sampled ...