culture / society

Brazil

Brazil Shooting Range Uses Lula and Dilma Images As Targets

RECIFE — Caricatures can sometimes cross the line. But world leaders, who are always the center of attention, tend to get used to unflattering satirical portraits. But two former Brazilian ...

Colombia

Why I Won't Be Watching The Third Season Of Narcos

-Essay- BOGOTÁ — I always had mixed feelings about the Netflix series Narcos. The first two seasons were based on the life and times of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and the show has just ...

Germany

Turkey's Exiled Intellectuals Find Haven In "Little Istanbul" Of Berlin

Writers, artists, journalists and others fleeing oppression in Turkey are settling in the Kreuzbe...

Netherlands

Dutch YouTubers Get High In The Name Of Science — And Clicks

An online show called Drugslab gives viewers a first-hand account of what it's like to take a...

United Kingdom

As Brexit Talks Stall, The Hunt Is On For European Passports

Millions of British citizens don't want to give up being European.

Egypt

Egypt's "Christian-Free" Soccer Traditions

The absence of Christian players at the professional level can be traced to discrimination that b...

Argentina

NYC To Buenos Aires, Fighting The Machismo Of Manspreading

BUENOS AIRES — It's been dubbed: Manspreading, the habit of too many men to sit with their legs wide open in public spaces that irritates the rest of the world around them. It is a typically male, ...

Switzerland

Fighting Fake News At School

-Analysis- Educators have created well-worn “awareness” strategies to combat everything from teen pregnancy to drug abuse. But this year, some schools are taking on a new spectre hanging over ...

Colombia

Despacito, That Sexist Yet Irrepressible Soul Of Reggaeton

-Essay- BOGOTA — "Despacito," the title of this summer's hit song by Luis Fonsi, means "slowly" in Spanish. Listening to it is like drinking an unsavory broth. Slowly. It's my own silly ...

Venezuela

Venezuela, Curbing Press Freedom By Blocking Paper Supply

Ultima Hora — Aug. 30, 2017 ACARIGUA — The political crisis in Venezuela is threatening freedom of the press in a new way. The daily newspaper Ultima Hora ("The Last Hour") has printed its ...

France

Adjö​ Big Blue Box Stores, A Slick New Look For IKEA

NICE — You can spot an IKEA store from a mile away: The classic blue-and-yellow box design of every outlet of the Swedish home goods giant is as much a part of its identity as the quirky names of ...

Spain

Enemies Inside And Out, The Double Threat Facing The West

What connects the violence in Barcelona and Charlottesville? Where have Western democracies gone ...

Germany

A Day In The Life Of Rosemarie, Getting A PhD On Death At Age 93

Morning She wakes early, usually at 6 a.m., and fetches the newspaper. A morning without Sudoku is not a morning worth facing. After she solves the puzzle, she takes her medication, eats two ...

China

In Beijing, Sham Marriages To Bypass Government Policies

BEIJING — "Goodbye," Ying told her third husband. "Oh," he responded indifferently. Through their legal, but dishonnest, marriage, Ying earned 40,000 yuan ($6,000). Her "husband" was allowed ...

Brazil

In São Paulo, A Wall To Keep The Favela Out Of Sight

Millions drive past the favela of Vila Esperança, with its rampant unemployment and open s...

Lebanon

In Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Run Out Of Space To Bury Their Dead

In Lebanon, the country with the highest number of refugees per capita in the world, a cemetery f...

Spain

From Spain To Finland, When #PrayFor Isn't Enough

-Opinion- Two European cities, two terror attacks. In Finland, 18-year-old Moroccan Abderrahman Mechkah is suspected of stabbing two women to death and injuring eight others in the ...

South Korea

Finding Humor In A Harrowing Escape From North Korea

Choi fled to freedom in South Korea, where he has managed to turn his frightening experiences int...

Malawi

In Malawi, The Horrors Of A Sexual Initiation Camp For Young Girls

MULANJE — With her sweet smile and schoolgirl backpack, Awa Kandaya, 20, seems to be the picture of innocence. But it's just a facade. Her virginity was taken away from her at the age of nine when ...

Colombia

Letter To The Pope: Why You Shouldn't Visit Colombia

-OpEd- BOGOTÁ — Father Jorge, dear Pope Francis, less than a month remains before your visit to Colombia. Before Sept. 6, you still have time to make your excuses and cancel. Believe me, you ...

Finland

Tom Of Finland, Double Life Of The Gay Icon Who Changed A Nation

His erotic drawings of virile men captured the homosexual zeitgeist. But in his country, where it...

Cuba

WiFi-Free In Old Havana, A Perfect Post-Modern Getaway

It's taken a few days to accept, but Cuba's less-than-ideal WiFi situation may be a bless...