culture / society

Germany

Hungry Students? Postponed Exams? Ramadan In German Schools

BERLIN — This past week marked the beginning of a period of peace and quiet for Muslims around the world. It is Ramadan, a month dedicated to reflection, prayers, and fasting, where disputes are ...

United States

Brunch: America’s Response To Sunday Mass

Why do Americans brunch so hard? "I don't know," says one young woman from Baltimore. "I'...

Egypt

Low Pay, Limited Freedom: Dark Days For Egypt's Journalists

Low wages, government censorship and even arbitrary detentions. Practicing journalism has become ...

Italy

"'Anti-Tourist" Turnstiles Under Fire In Venice

VENICE — Venice and its 80,000 regular inhabitants are drowning in tourists. Some 30 million flock to its famous canals every year, stressing the infrastructure. Fed up, the lagoon city's ...

Colombia

No Gold Mine? No Problem For Colombia's Cajamarca Region

After voting to ban metals mining, residents in the mountainous area west of Bogota are staking t...

India

Women Scientists In India Try New Experiments To Fight Sexism

Bright ideas to limit ways that motherhood so often leads to gender pay gaps and blocked careers ...

Argentina

Mario Vargas Llosa: I Would Like To Die With A Pen In My Hand

In an interview with Miguel Wiñazki of Clarín, the Nobel laureate and author of the...

Egypt

Not Exactly Free, A Filipina Domestic Worker's Life In Cairo

CAIRO — On a hot summer day in 2012, two smartly clad Filipina women arrived at the JW Marriott Hotel on Cairo’s ring road, toting handbags in the crooks of their arms as they had often observed ...

India

Buddha Inc? A Mindfulness Path For India To Reclaim Soft Power

NEW DELHI — Despite India’s recent progress, its international influence is not commensurate with its size, might and tradition. India is often criticized for being unable to punch above its ...

Switzerland

(Even Older) Boomerang Children Weigh On Parents' Well-Being

More and more young and not-so-young people are returning home to live with their parents. A phen...

United States

Why Americans Still Haven't Mastered The Work-Life Balance

-Analysis- WASHINGTON — Americans love to contemplate - and legislatively promote, to whatever degree possible - the virtue of hard work. Here in the United States, we already work more hours ...

Mexico

President AMLO? Leftist Populism Smells Triumph In Mexico

Leftist presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is Mexico's answer...

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...

United States

Economic History Lesson: Trump's Protectionism Will Not Pay

The U.S. trade deficits that have prompted the Trump administration to raise tariffs have a resul...

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...

Italy

Burning Trash, High Cancer Rates And Shadows Of Italy's Mob

In northern Italy, the city of Pavia has higher-than-average cancer rates and widespread cases of...

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...

France

Not Just Trump: More Economists Questioning Free-Trade Orthodoxy

For decades, economists scorned protectionism as a losing proposition. Now some have begun to adm...

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...