culture / society

France

Parisian Visitors And Natives

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." Now unlike Ernest Hemingway, ...

Venezuela

Visiting A Surprisingly Quiet And Cheerful Side Of Caracas

A recent trip to Caracas showed a city where many people continue to function for better or worse...

Italy

Roberto Saviano On The Importance Of Airing Dirty Laundry

Sure, Naples has sun, sea and amazing pizza. But it's also violent and corrupt, and there's no po...

Germany

German Youth: Running Low On Hope

Germany's first post-War generation had cause for optimism. But their descendants have a differen...

France

How Good Health And Instagram Squeeze France's Pastry Chefs

Caught between the image-first expectations of social media, and consumer ideas about healthy eat...

France

Trains Or Planes? The Problem With Vilifying Air Travel

The airline industry certainly has room for improvement, but dreaming of a rail-only future ignor...

Chile

Mexico To China, Trump's Tariff Bullying Is Bound To Backfire

President Donald Trump's threat to raise tariffs against Mexico over immigration is political bla...

India

India's Scavengers Seek Recognition As Sanitation Workers

As India votes in national elections, manual scavengers are trying to overcome caste stigma and p...

Germany

Why Does The Left Love Islam So Much?

Some leftists are screaming racism because of a conference on the pros and cons of the headscarf ...

Argentina

The Feminist Case Against Catcalling Laws

"Nice legs baby!" Argentina has taken steps to make certain kinds of verbal harassment a punishab...

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia's 'Brave Women' And The Fight For Free-Flowing Rivers

In the Balkans, developers are rushing to install hydroelectric plants on Europe's last untapped ...

Germany

Game Of Thrones As Sport: "Historical Medieval Battle" Is A Thing

In this martial arts where competitors are in knight armor, the athletes beat each other with axe...

Egypt

Egypt's Disabled Demand New Laws, Changed Attitudes

CAIRO — Using sign language, Aya Mohamed, an ambitious secretary in a government-owned institution, explains that she is verbally bullied when she pursues simple daily activities, such as ...

Spain

Spanish Depth Of Field

When I recently pulled out this shot of the Spanish countryside in the 1960s, it reminded me of my childhood when I would watch farmers work in the fields of Burgundy in eastern France. In case ...

Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, Where Grandma Steps In For Missing Shrinks

In the absence of qualified staff, grandmothers from the Friendship Benches program offer free li...

Argentina

Buenos Aires Postcard: Translating Borges Into Ukrainian

BUENOS AIRES — "I'm in the literary gang and Borges is my godfather..." Serhiy Borschevsky is the "last remaining" translator in Ukraine of the works of the 20th-century Argentinian writer ...

Italy

Bicycle Thieves Of Italy, Yesterday and Today

The 1948 neo-realist cinematic masterpiece can be a key to understand Italian society today. With...

France

Scootergeddon: Electric Scooters Invade World Cities

Love them or hate them, electric scooters are changing the very ways we think about mobility and ...

France

Watch OneShot: Alain Delon At Cannes, Yesterday And Today

The 2019 Cannes film festival will celebrate legendary French actor Alain Delon with an honorary Palme d'Or. At the age of 83, Delon continues to attract a generous dose of controversy for his ...

Italy

Ancient Greek, Greta Thunberg And The Gift Of Education

Should schools add new subjects every year to keep up with the times? Or is their job simply to h...

Bulgaria

Save The Last Bulgarian Dance

In the lobby of my hotel on the shores of the Black Sea, locals in full folkloric attire were dancing to traditional tunes. It felt strangely familiar, having had my own experiences preserving the ...

Brazil

Why The Brazilian Soccer Team Wouldn't Wear White - Until Now

"In Japan, white is the color of mourning." So wrote Samuel French in his play All the Way Home. Or at least that's the line as I remember it from my high-school theater days. White is also the ...