culture / society

France

Between Ljubljana And Trumplandia, A French Airport Odyssey

WASHINGTON — If you ever want to fly to America from Charles de Gaulle Airport, be sure that you are not landing in terminal 2F, as you might miss your flight, or even get arrested before reaching ...

Argentina

Belle Époque Glamor Coming Back To Harrods — In Buenos Aires

Architects plan to restore one of the Argentine capital's architectural gems, but with new co...

Brazil

Ninja Fruit On Brazilian Roadside

Fruit vendors were a common sight when we drove through Brazil's Minas Gerais state. My wife Claudine didn't have to wait long: It took this woman no longer than three minutes to expertly slice ...

South Sudan

Watch: OneShot — UNICEF France Welcomes 2019

UNICEF France is ringing in 2019 with their greatest mission of all: ensuring every child grows up in the best conditions and has all the tools needed to build a future. And first on the list is ...

Egypt

A Hacker Pays For Egypt's Ambiguous Relationship With Data

Dubbed "the International," a young Egyptian computer programmer had built a program to scrape us...

Canada

Miles And Miles Across Canada

In the westernmost point of British Columbia, we found the "Mile 0" marker of the Trans-Canada Highway. Though we covered a lot of Canadian ground, we never made it the 4,860 miles across to the ...

Chile

In Chile, Where Remarrying Your Ex Is A Thing

Less than two decades after divorce was legalized, Chileans have a relatively high rate of retyin...

United States

Russia Is Exploiting American Racism

-OpEd- WASHINGTON — Two newly released reports from the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 election have been nothing short of revelatory. Both studies — one ...

United Kingdom

OneShot: Starman Waiting In The Sky — Remembering Bowie

On January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, Blackstar, the great David Bowie was gone. The shape-shifting rock icon behind songs such as "Space ...

Germany

Finding The "Holy Grail" Of Volkswagen Microbuses

VW's "hippie" buses are more than just cult classics. They're also valuable collectors it...

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo, Same Pigeons

Sarajevo's Baščaršija square is known as "Pigeon square." There are moments when the birds are everywhere. In this shot, you may have to look a bit harder to spot them. ...

France

The Timeless Relevance Of Robinson Crusoe

Published 300 years ago, Daniel Defoe's classic story of shipwreck and survival still has muc...

Egypt

A Brief And Bitter History Of Being Atheist In Modern Egypt

Egyptian society simply doesn't recognize the reality of atheism, and often punishes anyone w...

France

Staff Picks, Our 15 Best Stories Of 2018

LE MONDE Monstrous Times Call For Monstrous Fiction: A French Manifesto Against the omnipotence of "reality-show novels" and costume fiction, a group of young French authors want to reassert ...

France

The 2018 Dozen — Our 12 Most Popular Stories Of The Year

LE MONDE Full Translation Of French Anti-#MeToo Manifesto Signed By Catherine Deneuve Some 100 prominent French women artists and intellectuals have issued an open letter in Le Monde ...

France

France: From Rousseau To Yellow Vests To The Popular Referendum

-OpEd- PARIS — In the sometimes cacophonous concert of demands from France's “yellow vests” protest movement, one measure keeps coming back: the Référendum d'initiative citoyenne (RIC), or ...

France

Why Christmas Never Ends For Iconic Paris Department Stores

There is a lot of planning behind the Christmas window decorations you find around the French cap...

India

Making Working Spaces Safe For Women In India

The normalization of sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace is keeping women from goin...

Italy

Agazzano Reveals The Secrets Of Italy's Orange Wine

AGAZZANO — This village in the northern Italian province of Piacenza is tucked between the hills. The locality is celebrated primarily for its castle, a complex that represents an incredible ...

France

Green Fashion? When Clothing Industry Decides Ecology Is In

The fashion industry sees that protection of the environment is a hot selling point, and maybe al...

China

D&G Chopsticks Incident And China's Quest For Cultural Power

WASHINGTON — My first encounter with China was, oddly, at the top of the Empire State Building. I was a young student, and climbing to the top of the Manhattan landmark was the last thing I did ...

Colombia

Tamales To Gonorrhea: How Violence Shaped Colombian Spanish

Colombia's Spanish, beside its charming formality, is replete with graphic allusions to extre...