culture / society

Colombia

When A Former Hitman For Pablo Escobar Gets VIP Treatment

When El Espectador's Aldo Cívico spots a former henchman of the Medellin drug cartel i...

India

Attacks On Africans Unmask India's Ugly Race Problem

DELHI — A disturbing video has gone viral in India. It shows a mob viciously attacking a Nigerian man at a suburban Delhi mall. The attackers kick, punch and hit him with steel trash cans, chairs, ...

Argentina

All Dating Is Speed Dating In The Digital Age

Love, jealousy and courtship have become impatient, high-speed activities that play out on our co...

Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan Mission To Save Endangered Elephants

Deforestation, poaching and civil war have had a devastating impact on Sri Lanka’s elephant...

Colombia

Greenpeace Sea Patrol, Sailing On The Rainbow Warrior

As the Rainbow Warrior III traverses the Strait of Magellan, its crew shows what it means to defe...

China

Desperately Seeking A Son-In-Law: Inside A Modern Chinese Singles' Market

In Beijing parks and throughout the rest of China, “singles’ markets” are held,...

Germany

Adidas Revisited, How A Pair Of Sneakers Made A Speedy Comeback

MUNICH — It had to be this shoe. No other model could have achieved this revival. A sneaker invented 48 years ago and had since slipped into oblivion has now been resurrected. It's the Adidas ...

Brazil

A Motel Room Inspired By Brazil's Anti-Corruption Probe

BRASILIA — There's always something a bit risqué about Brazil's many short-stay "motels," where couples can pay by the hour and aren't all that concerned, usually, with getting a good night's ...

France

Haussmann’s 19th-Century Paris: A Model Of Sustainability

PARIS — In their quest for a sustainable urban future, city planners can learn a lot from history. And in Paris, that can mean just taking a moment to look around. Georges-Eugène Haussmann, ...

France

The Little Prince, A King Of Most Translated Books

PARIS — No matter where you live or what language you speak, at some point in your childhood you probably came across Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince). The 1943 poetic and illustrated novella ...

Colombia

How The Far Right Usurped The Tools Of Leftist Counterculture

-OpEd- BOGOTÁ — There is a curious new twist to a longstanding political phenomenon, and we see it popping up around the world. Provocation and outrageous behavior is switching ...

Germany

Female Fertility, Time To Get Blunt About Biological Clock

-Essay- BERLIN — There we were, a group of female friends in their early 30s sitting around the dinner table one evening and, somehow, the conversation turns to having children. We all agree it ...

Brazil

A Woman Nourishes Favela Children Hungry For Food, And Hope

SAO PAULO — "My name is Daniel Garcia and I'm 18. I love reading Folha de S. Paulo! Today, I read an article about women unsung heroes, and I believe that my own mother fits that category ...

Tunisia

Is The World Flat Again? How An Old Debate Was Revived In Tunisia

A Tunisian doctoral student has joined several poorly informed American celebrities in reopening ...

Palestinian Territory

Banksy In Bethlehem, Lessons For A Skeptical Israeli

-Essay- BETHLEHEM — Some journeys begin with a sigh. An old acquaintance of mine, an artist, wrote on Facebook this week about a Banksy exhibition that was about to open in a shopping mall in ...

United States

Clergy Without A God, Humanist Churches On The Rise

WASHINGTON — The name of the gathering almost sounded like an oxymoron: the "Humanist Clergy Collaboratory." A meeting to organize religious leaders — for people who don't believe in organized ...

United Arab Emirates

Hip Hop Wannabes, All The Way In Abu Dhabi

-Essay- ABU DHABI — For many of us, hip hop has always been more than just another music genre, a passing trend or temporary lifestyle. It’s a cultural movement with deep roots that highlight ...

United States

Time Magazine Cover On Truth And Trump

This week's edition of Time magazine It's a looming question for any reader of the news and follower of current events:Time magazine's “Is Truth Dead?” cover this week does well to capture ...

Germany

How A Website Used Anti-Immigration Fears To Sell Guns

MUNICH — On Oct. 5, German doctor Alexander Haase* opened his web browser and dropped merchandise he wanted to purchase into a checkout basket. He paid 590,99 euros — money that went into a ...

Argentina

Seniority TV! Why We Need More Old Folk On The Small Screen

Innovative television programming could be challenging the dominance of youth on television in Ar...

Iran

Seeing Warhol In Tehran? The Saga Of Iran's Modern Art Museum

Iran built itself a lavish modern art museum in the late 1970s, only to end up stowing away a pri...

Norway

Happiness Ranking: From Oslo To Addis Ababa And Beijing

It's official: Norway has toppled Denmark to become the world's happiest country in 2017. Or, to put in local linguistic terms, the world's lykkeligste country. This year’s rankings, which came ...