culture / society

Germany

Skyscrapers, Turbines And The Problem Of 'Horizon Pollution'

Skylines evolve over time, but that doesn't mean cities like Bremen, Germany should let developer...

France

Let's Not Let Political Correctness Ruin Art

Too often works of art are being judged not by their aesthetic or intellectual merit, but on how ...

France

A French Look At Male Consent And Male Libido In The #MeToo Era

The accepted notion that men "are always ready" for sex is false, and can lead to relationship tr...

France

Can State-Run Startups Help Modernize French Bureaucracy?

In putting into use fast-moving ways of startups, the state looks to improve quality of public se...

India

An Indian Writer's Faraway Farewell To MAD Magazine

Growing up in the 1970s in the hectic but more innocent India, the magazine offered a young man t...

Colombia

García Márquez's Grandson Quietly Enters Literary World

Mateo García Elizondo's debut novel, which explores the limits of consciousness, marks his first...

Germany

In A Changing Germany, Taboo Of Racism Is Broken

The murder of a local politician has put new attention on the kinds of verbal hate and periodic h...

France

Still Ok To Spank? Corporal Punishment Around The World

From South Africa to Singapore to France, the question of when or where adults can physically dis...

Tunisia

Carthage Must (Not) Be Destroyed

Carthago delenda est. "Carthage must be destroyed." As I was wandering the ruins of the ancient capital (near modern-day Tunis) I had Cato's famous oratorical phrase stuck in my head ... ...

France

Making Space In The Classroom For Artificial Intelligence

-OpEd- PARIS — We live in a society that changes rapidly, and we wish for schools that reassure us. Schools that are forward-looking, perhaps. Even our schools in the Third Republic that we ...

India

In India, Dissent Gets More Dicey Since Modi's Reelection

There has been an obvious and unnerving crackdown on dissenting voices in the weeks since Narendr...

Colombia

Can A Writer Ever Retire?

Writers, artists and thinkers often must work to the end, if creative activity were work, both to...

China

The Not-So-Zen Li River

There are things photographs capture well: the lush hills that flank the Li River, the fishermen on their frail-looking bamboo rafts, the strange rock formations you get to see along the way. But ...

France

A Yankee Journalist's Unexpected Foray Into French Baseball

No, no...not one of *those Yankees! But this lifelong American baseball fan (Milwaukee Brewers wa...

Colombia

Double Risk For LGBT+ Venezuelan Migrants Crossing Into Colombia

A Colombian NGO is urging the state to take special measures to protect LGBT+ migrants fleeing ha...

Egypt

The Fourth Pyramid? Mohamed Salah As Pious Meme For Arab World

Egyptian soccer star Mohamed Salah has been turned into a symbol of pride, modesty, and good mora...

Argentina

Where The Digital Revolution Meets Sexual Education In Schools

In our era of innovation and constant exposure to information, education is more than reading boo...

India

Government Helps India's Girls Manage Menstrual Health

In the face of the stigma associated with menstruation, growing efforts are underway to help girl...

France

Why The Digital Revolution Hasn't Boosted Productivity

Information technology was supposed to make everything move faster. We need to rethink the way we...

France

Growth Or Bust: A Brief Plea In Favor Of Progress

The trend of what the French dubbed décroissance (degrowth) overlooks how progress and tec...

Argentina

Recognizing Violence Against The Elderly In All Its Forms

As people enter old age, they become increasingly vulnerable, not only physically and economicall...

India

A Meditation: Modi And I Share The Same Position On Yoga

-Essay- NEW DELHI — I'm convinced Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I have one thing in common: We both practice our version of yoga regularly and desperately want to be yogis. Sure, the ...