culture / society

Germany

Ecological War Brews Over Germany's Reusable Beer Bottles

Environmentalists and beer companies have common cause to oppose new tax rules that may reduce th...

United States

Compost Me! The Ultimate Ecological Burial: Humusation

When people die, they should be able to dispose of their corpses in a way that nourishes the plan...

Argentina

In Buenos Aires, A Cemetery That Blends Beauty And Brutalism

A pair of French architects are bringing new attention to a unique, underground section of the Ch...

Italy

In Venice, Winemaking Monks vs. Hotel Developers

Locals are pushing back against plans to build a five-star hotel that would throw grape-killing s...

Lithuania

Storming The Lithuanian Castle

The red-brick Gothic castle on the Lithuanian island of Trakai looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale. However the spell was broken when a full garrison of soldiers made their rowdy entrance ...

Colombia

Why Women Are Particularly Vulnerable To Climate Change

-OpEd- BOGOTÁ — Is there a relation between women and the environment? Is it necessary to view environmental policies through female eyes? Is there is a difference in the male and female ...

Italy

Mozart In Italy: The Journey That Launched A Child Prodigy

The legendary composer — just 13 at the time — left Austria exactly 250 years ago for a l...

Germany

Capitalism's Original Sin: Gender Distribution Of Work

Men do not do their fair share of housework and childcare. And companies still discriminate again...

Italy

How A 'Refugee Town' Fell Victim To Italy's Populist Politics

Fourteen months ago the progressive mayor of Riace, in Calabria, was arrested. Soon after, many o...

Chile

HappyBreak: Headset Meditation App To Prevent Work Burnout

A Chilean startup develops an application to take office workers into a meditative 'happy space' ...

France

Chessboxing: How A French Novelist Invented The Strangest Sport

More than 25 years after graphic novelist Enki Bilal invented a fictional sport that combines che...

Germany

World War II Memorabilia To Call Home? German Bunkers For Sale

Hundreds of air-raid shelters are still standing in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, witnesses to ...

Italy

Tosca In The Time Of #MeToo

A new rendition of the famous Puccini opera opens this month in Milan, and it all revolves around...

Ukraine

How To Renovate Kyiv: Start By Replacing All Soviet-Era Slums

There's an old joke about the apartment complexes named after Khrushchev.

France

Virtual Reality: Major Ethical Dilemmas, Real-Life Dangers

No longer just for entertainment purposes, the technology can also help people tackle their phobi...

France

The 2019 Dozen — Our 12 Most Popular Stories Of The Year

LA STAMPA Meet The Doctor's Maid Who Inspired The Mediterranean Diet A housekeeper with serious culinary skills helped feed the mind and mouth of Ancel Keys, the American doctor famous for ...

France

Faith In Food: When Kosher And Halal Go Haute Cuisine

It's hard to find a starred halal or kosher restaurant, but scattered about the French capital, s...

Jordan

Petra Peddlers From The Past

The woman and the boy in the foreground were walking toward the members of my guided tour to try to sell knick-knacks. There were only two of them selling souvenirs in front of the Royal Tombs, ...

Russia

Preserving Russian Values, Downplaying Domestic Violence

MOSCOW — In a recent letter to the European Court of Human Rights, the Russian Minister of Justice Aleksandr Konovalov declared that the level of domestic violence in the country is ...

France

Slovakian Artist Ctrl Shift Face, King Of "Deepfakes"

He's the mastermind behind has most famous deepfakes of the web. Donald Trump, Bruce Lee or even ...

Germany

Generation Z Is The First To Switch Off For Christmas

By Dec. 10, one third of German employees have already mentally switched off for the holidays ...

Brazil

Here Fly The Little Amazonian Birds

Le petit oiseau va sortir...! "Here flies the little bird!" is what we say in France when we want our subjects to pay attention and look at the camera. That time in Manaus, one of the gateways ...