culture / society

United Kingdom

Linguistidio Leviosa! Celebrating Harry Potter Magic In 10 Languages

Ever wondered what's the French for "Slytherin"? Or how Harry Potter​'s voice sound in Hindi, or Hebrew? To celebrate 20 years since the J.K. Rowling's first installment of the series hit ...

United Kingdom

Harry Potter V. The Internet

“The boy who lived” turns 20 years old today. Harry Potter, the turn-of-the-century literary sensation, topped bestseller lists and broke box office records across the globe, featuring seven book ...

Colombia

In Rural Colombia, Waging Peace By Safeguarding Water

A project that encourages villagers to protect local river sources is helping revive community li...

Argentina

Revisiting The Art — And Argentine Origins — Of Lucio Fontana

A current exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires isn't just about rem...

Afghanistan

Female-Only TV Station Hits Afghanistan Airwaves

KABUL — When a series of terrorist attacks rocked the Afghan capital late last month, killing more than 150, less than a kilometer away from worst blast, a group of women were busy preparing a ...

Syria

In Syria, The Next War Has Already Begun

Russia, Iran and U.S. are all looking beyond the defeat of ISIS in Syria. But the little game the...

Germany

Despacito And 5 Other Non-English Hits That Went Global

Despacito, by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, is 2017’s runaway worldwide hit. Muy bien! It follows a long, though not-so-frequent history of non-English songs breaking down language barriers ...

Spain

The Names In Spain Are Mostly The Same, Though That May Change

A tiny revolution can be heard rumbling through Spain: starting June 30, parents will have the ab...

Brazil

Welcome To "Cracolandia," São Paulo's Roving Drug Bazaar

A pulsing, hazy world comes to life every night in Brazil's largest city, as drug traffickers...

Greece

Greek Debts: Is It Time To Let The Venus De Milo Go Home?

PARIS — Every day, tourists in the Louvre crowd around the Venus de Milo. The two-meter high armless marble lady is one of the museum’s most renowned pieces of art. But the statue, recovered by a ...

Colombia

Feminism Should Be Lived, Not Preached

-OpEd- BOGOTÁ — Feminism is an acidic drink, strong, seething and so concentrated that it should be sipped at a pace suitable for each person's palate. There is no key or magic recipe that ...

Colombia

Not A Crowd? Breakthrough Three-Way Marriage In Colombia

Three men tied the knot in a city-sanctioned ceremony that protects inheritance rights of this se...

Japan

5 Strange-But-True College Courses Around The World

Congratulations to all those 2017 graduates out there. It couldn't have been easy! Elsewhere, we have gathered some examples of the wackiest college courses from around the world. If you could ...

South Sudan

South Sudan, Where Famine And Ethnic War Feed Each Other

After becoming the world's newest country by separating from Sudan, the nation of South Sudan...

Argentina

The Psychological Price Of Successful Parents

BUENOS AIRES — Eduardo Roverano, 61, inherited the family business, a Buenos Aires funeral home founded in 1883 by his great grandfather. "I have vague memories of when the funeral cart was drawn ...

Rwanda

Rwandan And Congolese Youth United Against Stereotypes Of Genocide

Though peace is far secure between the Democratic Republic Of Congo and Rwanda, organized efforts...

Argentina

Why Companies In Argentina Are Hunting For Older Workers

Firms in Argentina are recruiting over-40s for their steady hand and people skills — and th...

Ukraine

In Ukraine, Saving Bears From The Dancing Whims Of Oligarchs

In Synevir, located in the Ukrainian mountains, a unique establishment treats bears that fall vic...

United States

Sexism, From The Streets To The Screen

-Analysis- Battles over sexism are being waged all over the world. In India, Muslim women have brought the “triple talaq” law, which allows men to cut off their wives by repeating “divorce” ...

India

Indian School For Grandmothers Takes On Female Illiteracy

They say it’s never too late to learn. A special school in the Indian state of Maharashtra ...

Ethiopia

How UNESCO Got It Wrong In Africa

-Analysis- PARIS — Since 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, has maintained a "World Heritage List" of sites that it deems to have an ...

Cuba

A Saudi Hand Guides Quiet Rise Of Islam In Cuba

Cuba's small but growing Muslim community is getting a boost from Havana's diplomatic ope...