culture / society

Denmark

Greenland, Victim Of Denmark's Linguistic Colonialism

COPENHAGEN — In the picturesque Danish capital, it's easy to overlook the men lying on public benches with a beer in hand, or assume they're immigrants from Southern Europe. Listen carefully, ...

Morocco

Iconic French Street Art "Invaders" Land In North Africa

MARRAKESH — It is a 21st-century Parisian experience par excellence: You turn a cobblestone corner or exit some quaint square and come face-to-face with a small, tiled alien critter pasted on the ...

Colombia

New FARC Soccer Club Aims To Ease Colombian Guerrillas Into Society

A Colombian NGO is hoping football could turn former communist guerrillas into peaceful citizens ...

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...

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...

France

France's Future, Rural Heartland Struggles To Reinvent Itself

Ahead of the high stakes of next week's French presidential election, a visit to "la France p...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

Indonesia

Female Motorcycle Taxi Drivers Crank Up Business In Jakarta

Ride hailing apps are revving up motorcycle taxi use in Indonesia's congested capital, and a ...

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, ...

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 ...

United States

World Newspapers Analyze Trump's "Trigger-Happy" Turnaround On Syria

-Analysis- For the longest time, Donald Trump has disparaged U.S. military involvement in the Middle East, mocked his rival’s strategy in Syria, and unequivocally stated that America’s enemy in ...

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 ...

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 ...

Germany

Are German Schools Too Fixated On Nazi History?

Germany's right-wing AfD party says school courses give too much attention to Hitler's re...

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 ...

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...