culture / society

Switzerland

Internet Insomnia, The New Scourge Of Our Nights

LAUSANNE — There are books and newspaper articles, technologies promising relief, even theater productions devoted to the topic. Indeed, it seems like everyone is talking about insomnia these ...

Colombia

Colombia, How War Spreads "Cultural Violence" Into Daily Life

Civil conflict has lasted so long in Colombia that many ordinary people now view gratuitous viole...

United States

Why I Don't Believe Your Conspiracy Theory

-Essay- NEW YORK — I am of the view that incompetence, random error and sheer complexity explain most of the mistakes and strange events in our world, and that we shouldn’t readily jump to ...

France

The Virtual Paradox Of Generosity In The Digital Age

You just walked past a homeless man on the street, but you may try to help him if you see his sto...

France

Real-Life Ratatouille: Is Paris' Rat Problem Getting Worse?

PARIS — It all started with a video shot late last year on the banks of the Seine, between the Musée d'Orsay and Pont Royal bridge in the French capital. The video, which has gone viral around the ...

India

Valentine’s Day Violence In India, A Culture And Policing Divide

India’s police and political leaders need to find better ways to halt regular acts of vanda...

Colombia

Barranquilla Carnival, Gay Parade Steps Out Of Shadows

Barranquilla's gay events at carnival time have shed social shaming and police harassment to ...

Italy

Dictators And Us, The West Falls Back Into Appeasement Trap

-OpEd- TURIN — Fifty years ago, in January 1968, the reformist leader Alexander Dubcek rose to power in Czechoslovakia. His ascent began a brief era known as the Prague Spring, which ended when ...

Colombia

Pablo Escobar's Hungry Hippos, Still Wreaking Havoc

Asian long-horned beetles in North America. Tropical parakeets in the capital cities of Europe. The plague of frogs Bart accidentally unleashed that time the Simpsons visited Australia. Yes, ...

Japan

Japan, When The Signs Of Decline Are Not About Economics

Civic values are ultimately worth more than dollars and yen.

China

In China's Crackdown On Religions, Buddhism Gets A Pass

President Xi Jinping demands "inflexible atheism" from his fellow Communist Party members. But he...

Chile

Farewell To Nicanor Parra, Latin America's Great Anti-Poet

Chile has buried Parra, the antipoet who turned to "impudent" street talk for inspiration and rev...

Switzerland

Crying Roger, Federer Serves Feminine Side For Men's Tennis

The male god of tennis cried (profusely) after his Australian Open win. Not just his tears, but t...

Iraq

In Baghdad's Sadr City, Where Women Practice Weightlifting

BAGHDAD — Her hands, covered in magnesium carbonate for a better grip, are white. Her face is flush. Her gaze fixed. Huda Salem, 20, exhales loudly — twice — into the already sweat-saturated air. ...

United States

From Trump's Muslim Travel Bans To Muzbnb

When a freshly inaugurated Donald Trump issued his infamous travel ban exactly one year ago, the message was clear, not only to Muslims but to the entire world, that the United States was suddenly ...

United States

Race On The Road, African Americans Relive Perils Of Travel

ROCKVILLE — Her mom always smiled — except when the family made its annual summer drive to visit the grandparents in Magnolia, Arkansas. "The smiles were gone while we were traveling," said Gloria ...

China

Can Artificial Intelligence Solve China's Demographic Crisis?

BEIJING — Over the past decade or so, “The Low-Fertility Trap,” a hypothesis put forth by Wolfgang Lutz, Vegard Skirbekk and Maria Rita Testa, respectively Austrian, Norwegian and Italian ...

France

Take Pride In Your "Bullshit Job" — It's The Future Of Capitalism

Some see the invention of bogus-sounding professions as a sign that work has become less and less...

Italy

Inside The Violent Youth Gangs Terrorizing Naples

Already a victim of organized crime and drug trafficking, Naples is now also facing wanton violen...

Syria

Syrian Women At Risk Of Losing New Economic Power To Tradition

The war in Syria has transformed the place women hold in the workforce, providing opportunities p...

Switzerland

YouTubers Help Male Grooming Finally Step Out Of The Shadow

GENEVA — His video, “I'm testing a blackhead vacuum,” has more than 200,000 views. The one entitled, “Baldness: my hair transplant” has been seen at least 440,000 times. But his bestseller remains ...

Brazil

Aging At Record Pace, Brazil Faces Demographic Emergency

Countries like France and Spain, already known for their inhabitants' longevity, needed three...