culture / society

South Africa

Up The Ibis Tree

The fauna and flora of South Africa rank among the most impressive I've seen anywhere in the world. Near Durban in the east of the country, I caught them both on vivid display, as a tree filled ...

Germany

Subterranean Earthsick Clues: If Climate Change Forces Us Underground

Global warming may eventually force Homo sapiens to again seek cover from the elements. A global ...

Argentina

Soccer Gods Messi And Maradona Are Not Above The Law

Soccer stars and public figures show their dismal side when they play the victims on being caught...

Italy

Mare Nostrum: Jews, Palestinians And Our Mediterranean Identity

On a recent trip to Sicily, Israeli novelist A. B. Yehoshua was reminded of the Mediterranean's s...

China

In A Beijing Park, The Cold Calculations Of Senior Dating

Loneliness, sex and economics rule among aging singles in the Chinese capital.

France

CO2, Fall 2019! Fashion Weeks' Steep Environmental Cost

Climate change activists have condemned the outsized environmental impact of the razzle dazzle ev...

Poland

Deep Fears For What Kind Of Poland Is Coming

The expected reelection of the conservative "Law and Justice" (PiS) party could usher in new rest...

Argentina

Rethinking The Hotel: Open And Fluid Replaces Exclusivity

Hotels are changing their design to reflect the style of modern travelers. A key component now is...

United States

Trump's Diplomatic Recklessness Knows No Bounds

The U.S. president's abrupt decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria was short-lived. But ...

France

Work → In Progress: Gender In The Workplace, Past And Future

PARIS — In 1919, the International Labor Organization adopted the first conventions on women in the workplace. In 2019, the women who won the World Cup earned $850,000 less than their male ...

Brazil

Everything And The Kitchen Sink

Fish, fruit, pottery, an endless selection of drain pipes: the massive open-air markets were a vivid memory from the northern Brazilian city of ...

Argentina

Recognizing And Reviving Argentina's Indigenous Languages

Researchers have identified more than 30 different languages in the South American country, 15 of...

India

India's Short-Sighted Push For Himalayan Tourism

The government recently gave foreigners the go-ahead to visit 137 peaks in four states, paving th...

Spain

On The Trail Of Invisible Bears Wreaking Havoc In The Pyrenees

VAL D'ARAN — It wasn't until I'd made may way clear through to other side of the village that I finally crossed paths with another human: A man about my age returning from a walk in the hills ...

China

Yulin To Paris: Dog-Eating At Center Of Animal Rights Battle

A Chinese dog meat festival has generated outrage in France. The controversy is a complex dance b...

Italy

Mazzini V. Mussolini: How Italy's Anti-Fascist Exiles Rediscovered America

It was autumn, 1939. Germany had just invaded Poland. France had not yet fallen. Mussolini was Hitler's ally on paper, but had not yet mobilized troops. And the United States wouldn't enter the ...

Turkey

A Turkish Camel's Life

My clearest camel memory from this same trip to Turkey 30 years ago was witnessing the millennia-old tradition of camel wrestling. Just a few miles down the road, near the Ancient Greek site of ...

France

Is Handwriting Doomed In Our Digital World?

Schools still make a point of teaching students to write the old-fashioned way. And in France, ki...

France

Don't Fight The Robots: The False Choice Of Worker V. Machine

Mechanization is bound to destroy jobs, which not surprisingly provokes fear. But trying to delay...

Brazil

From Paulo Coelho, A Cautionary Tale Of Terror For Bolsonaro's Brazil

The world-renowned Brazilian novelist was one of thousands jailed and tortured during the militar...

United States

Watch: OneShot — In The Shadow Of Robert Frank

Robert Frank, who died last week at the age of 94, was one of the true giants in the history of photography. Known first and foremost for his 1958 book The Americans, a raw, all-encompassing ...

Germany

Social Scoring To Social Cooling: Moving Targets Of Modern Privacy

China's "social scoring" system, with punishments for nonconformist actions and rewards for good ...