culture / society

Colombia

Colombia, How War Spreads "Cultural Violence" Into Daily Life

Civil conflict has lasted so long in Colombia that many ordinary people now view gratuitous viole...

United States

Why I Don't Believe Your Conspiracy Theory

-Essay- NEW YORK — I am of the view that incompetence, random error and sheer complexity explain most of the mistakes and strange events in our world, and that we shouldn’t readily jump to ...

France

The Virtual Paradox Of Generosity In The Digital Age

You just walked past a homeless man on the street, but you may try to help him if you see his sto...

China

A Virtual Frog Video Game And China's One-Child Mindset

BEIJING — An online game from Japan has become a hopping success in China. Unheard of until recently, Tabikaeru: Travel Frog — developed by the Japanese company Hit-Point — is suddenly all the ...

India

Valentine’s Day Violence In India, A Culture And Policing Divide

India’s police and political leaders need to find better ways to halt regular acts of vanda...

Colombia

Barranquilla Carnival, Gay Parade Steps Out Of Shadows

Barranquilla's gay events at carnival time have shed social shaming and police harassment to ...

Italy

Dictators And Us, The West Falls Back Into Appeasement Trap

-OpEd- TURIN — Fifty years ago, in January 1968, the reformist leader Alexander Dubcek rose to power in Czechoslovakia. His ascent began a brief era known as the Prague Spring, which ended when ...

South Korea

PyeongChang And The Slippery Sport Of Olympic Geopolitics

-Analysis- The PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games finally kicked off Thursday with the riveting-if-baffling sport of curling and a first victory for hosts South Korea. But all eyes will be on the ...

Japan

Japan, When The Signs Of Decline Are Not About Economics

Civic values are ultimately worth more than dollars and yen.

China

In China's Crackdown On Religions, Buddhism Gets A Pass

President Xi Jinping demands "inflexible atheism" from his fellow Communist Party members. But he...

Chile

Farewell To Nicanor Parra, Latin America's Great Anti-Poet

Chile has buried Parra, the antipoet who turned to "impudent" street talk for inspiration and rev...

Colombia

What Colombia's Coffee Farmers Can Teach Us About Good Health

BOGOTÁ — A new in-depth study of the well-being of Colombian coffee farmers could help provide the prescription for good health for us all. Understanding the fundamental elements of healthy ...

Iraq

In Baghdad's Sadr City, Where Women Practice Weightlifting

BAGHDAD — Her hands, covered in magnesium carbonate for a better grip, are white. Her face is flush. Her gaze fixed. Huda Salem, 20, exhales loudly — twice — into the already sweat-saturated air. ...

United States

From Trump's Muslim Travel Bans To Muzbnb

When a freshly inaugurated Donald Trump issued his infamous travel ban exactly one year ago, the message was clear, not only to Muslims but to the entire world, that the United States was suddenly ...

United States

Race On The Road, African Americans Relive Perils Of Travel

ROCKVILLE — Her mom always smiled — except when the family made its annual summer drive to visit the grandparents in Magnolia, Arkansas. "The smiles were gone while we were traveling," said Gloria ...

Brazil

The Reformed Favela Drug Queen Behind Brazil's Favorite Telenovela

RIO DE JANEIRO — Every night at around 9 o’clock, Fabiana Escobar sits down in front of the TV and watches her life play out on the small screen: whether the police haul her away or her husband ...

France

Take Pride In Your "Bullshit Job" — It's The Future Of Capitalism

Some see the invention of bogus-sounding professions as a sign that work has become less and less...

Italy

Inside The Violent Youth Gangs Terrorizing Naples

Already a victim of organized crime and drug trafficking, Naples is now also facing wanton violen...

Syria

Syrian Women At Risk Of Losing New Economic Power To Tradition

The war in Syria has transformed the place women hold in the workforce, providing opportunities p...

United States

Will Washington Finally Let The Middle East Fight Its Own Battles?

FORT POLK — In training exercises in a mock Afghan village constructed here on a base amid swampland, the U.S. Army is applying the military lesson of the war against the Islamic State in Syria ...

Brazil

Aging At Record Pace, Brazil Faces Demographic Emergency

Countries like France and Spain, already known for their inhabitants' longevity, needed three...

Colombia

Madrid To Chicago, Tracking Down Ancient Colombian Treasures

Colombian cultural officials have been busy trying to recover an ancient burial treasure displaye...