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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 ...

Argentina

Poetry In The Time Of Tumblr And Taringa

South American poets Silvina Giaganti to Pedro Mairal are among those who have successfully used ...

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 ...

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 ...

Colombia

In Colombia, When Your 7-Year-Old Is Transgender

In Bogotá, a transgender girl and her family are, with their openness, helping similar peo...

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...

France

The Timeless Relevance Of Robinson Crusoe

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

Argentina

Salsa, A Brand New Beat For Tango-Loving Buenos Aires

Immigrants from Venezuela, Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America are making their presence felt...

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

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 ...

United States

Trump Has Kept His Promise: Unprecedented Unpredictability

-Analysis- WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pledged in his campaign that he would not be predictable. He's more than lived up to that promise this week, and along the way, he has made a hash ...

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...

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...

Russia

Karelia Postcard: Germany's Forgotten Female Prisoners Of War

Towards the end of World War II, 800,000 German women and girls were deported to forced labor cam...

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...

Chile

"Pico Pa" Arc de Triomphe! Defacing Other Countries' Monuments

The outpouring of rage and resentment that erupted in last weekend’s “yellow vest” demonstrations in Paris made headlines around the world. In far-flung Chile, which has had plenty of its own ...

Taiwan

What Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Failure Says About Taiwan

The referenda that rejected marriage equality in Taiwan last month was not only a huge blow to the country’s LGBT community, but also a political setback to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party ...