culture / society

Germany

Social Scoring To Social Cooling: Moving Targets Of Modern Privacy

China's "social scoring" system, with punishments for nonconformist actions and rewards for good ...

Egypt

Noah's Ark To Carbon Capture: Looking Beyond Climate Change Miracles

There are plenty of reasons for pessimism. But we also need to keep trying — and hoping — ...

Indonesia

Music Soothes The Sulawesi

This concert, courtesy of the Toraja people, provided a welcome balance to our day: My wife and I had just witnessed a traditional burial, in this village of southern Sulawesi — and it ...

Lebanon

When A Subterranean Theater Emerges In Beirut

BEIRUT — Located in the heart of Beirut's vibrant Hamra Street, an area that served as a hub for intellectuals in the 1960s and 1970s, Metro al-Madina is an independent theater company and ...

France

Out Of Office: The Stress And Serenity Of Teleworking

Working from home is more and more common in French companies as the perks need no longer to be l...

India

How World War II Helped Shape Modern India

Indian wartime experience not only contributed to making the country and her institutions what th...

Egypt

The Pain Of Passing Holidays — And Years: Letter From A Cairo Prison

CAIRO — "Take care and hopefully see you soon. :)" I end the short letter to my family with a few requests for items to bring on their next visit, then hand it to one of my cellmates to ...

South Africa

Female Condoms: A Way For African Women To Take Power

Designed in the 1980s to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, ...

Nigeria

Watch: OneShot — UNICEF: Back To School, Bravo Teachers

Holidays are over, and it's back to school. Frightening or fun, this week marks the beginning of a new adventure for millions of children around the world who will be given a great opportunity to ...

Turkey

Who Stands To Gain If Turkey Restores Death Penalty

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently said he favored restoring the death penalty. It would bri...

Mexico

Time To Copyright Indigenous Designs? A Mexican Fashion Spat

Mexico should consider revising copyright laws to protect its traditional arts and crafts, after ...

Martinique

Home Is Where The Mailbox Is

Some 7,000 kilometers away from my neck of the woods in eastern France, Martinique feels like home. In this French overseas region in the Lesser Antilles, people speak French, pay in euros ... but ...

France

Between The Lines: On The Enduring Power Of Oral Communication

Email, instant messaging and social networks have multiplied and accelerated written exchanges bo...

Brazil

Brazilian Fires 'Finally' Spark Colombian Concerns Over Rainforest

Colombians were not overtly upset by deforestation in their country until recently. But massive m...

France

Watch: OneShot — 75 Years Ago, The Joy Of Liberated Paris

On Aug. 24, 1944, the first French and U.S. armored tanks entered Paris, after a week of intense fighting with German soldiers — effectively freeing the capital from Nazi occupation. The ...

Egypt

A Facebook-Based Collector's Cave Of Nostalgia In Post-Revolution Egypt

Hany Rashed's Facebook-based Baba Museum displays personal objects of dead people and plays with ...

India

Caste Discrimination Still Casts A Long Shadow Over Indian Politics

NEW DELHI — Mangesh and Aarti loved each other. Both belonged to the same village, professed the same religion, had the same cultural heritage. Their class and status in society did not differ ...

Germany

No, Capitalism Is Not To Blame For Climate Change

It has become fashionable to blame the climate crisis on the economy, but it's important to fight...

Norway

The Gateway To Norway

Svolvaer is one of the first scenic stops upon entering the famous Lofoten archipelago of northern Norway. The fishing village, with its typical wooden red houses, offers a nice warmup to the ...

Colombia

Posterity, Pleasure, Revenge: What Drives Writers To Write

There are countless reasons for becoming a writer or a poet, but thankfully very few that we coul...

China

Take 5: How China's Big Brother Inspires Surveillance Tech Around The World

Personal privacy seems to be fleeting in a world where technology is constantly advancing — and it's no accident: Around the globe, authorities are creating new ways to collect information ...

India

In India, God Is No Environmentalist

The country's landscape is ravaged by plastics and environmental collapse seems imminent. And yet...