culture / society

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 ...

Switzerland

YouTubers Help Male Grooming Finally Step Out Of The Shadow

GENEVA — His video, “I'm testing a blackhead vacuum,” has more than 200,000 views. The one entitled, “Baldness: my hair transplant” has been seen at least 440,000 times. But his bestseller remains ...

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...

Egypt

Sinai Spectral: High-Tech In Ancient Library Reveals Layers Of History

Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery holds a treasure trove of ancient texts. But spectral i...

Switzerland

Of Dresses And Women’s Liberation, A Brief History

The historian and sociologist Georges Vigarello recounts the evolution of the dress, which tells ...

Pakistan

Wagah The Dog? The Daily Paradox Of Pakistani-Indian Border Ritual

WAGAH — Here at the India-Pakistan border, thousands of men, women and children have gathered to watch a stunning ritual: On either side of the border, military march back and forth, as music ...

Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Female Poets Secretly Share Forbidden Words

Safe from the disapproving eyes of their families, women writers gather secretly in Jalalabad to ...

South Korea

Olympic Peace Dreams, From Ancient Greece To The Korean Peninsula

-Analysis- PARIS — Compete, don’t kill. The idea that peace might be achieved through sporting is an old paradox. Pitting athletes and countries against each other in a non-lethal — and ...

India

The Marriage Algorithm, India's Caste-Conscious Answer To Tinder

CHENNAI — In Murugavel Janakiraman’s office, his daughter's drawings are pinned up next to family photographs. He proudly points out his children, Arjun and Anisha, his mother, who lives with ...

United States

Dope In Denver, Taking A Mile-High Legal Marijuana Stroll

Colorado was among the first states in the U.S. to decriminalize marijuana. Our European correspo...

India

India-Pakistan, A Cricket Metaphor For Nationalism

NEW DELHI — Farooque was a Kashmiri. He hated India. His cousin was killed by security forces at a demonstration in Srinagar. This was 1990. We were classmates, and I always took him head on for ...

United States

Colombian Birthplace Of García Márquez, Risks Of A Vanishing Myth

Delving into the meaning of the decline of Aracataca, the birthplace of Colombian master and Nobe...

Germany

In Sickness Or In Health? My Exhausting Life As A Hypochondriac

For the entire time that I was in the Caribbean on vacation, I was convinced I had lymphoma.

France

11 Most Popular Worldcrunch Articles Of 2017

Venice For Sale? Historic Buildings Flipped Into Airbnbs​​ LA STAMPA A Woman's Perspective On Divorce In The Arab World More and more people in Muslim-majority countries are opting ...

Switzerland

The Tyranny Of New Year's Eve Expectations

GENEVA — “What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?” A simple question that comes up in December, but is enough to make some people break into a cold sweat. “For years, New Year’s Eve has given me ...

Italy

Watch: OneShot — African Immigrants Reaching Italy

OneShot — African immigrants reaching Italy, 2015 (©Francesco Zizola/NOOR) OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video. ...

France

Staff Favorites: Our 10 Best Stories Of 2017

A Call To Philosophers: Join The Fray, Help Fix Our World Our era of authoritarian rulers and "alternative facts" makes the guiding light of philosophy more vital than ever. SÜDDEUTSCHE ...

France

Watch: OneShot — Nuit Noire

OneShot — Nuit Noire, 1986 (©Stanley Greene/NOOR) OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video. Follow ...

South Korea

Young Passion For Pansori, Reviving A South Korean Tradition

Youth performers revive pansori, the folkloric art of musical storytelling, a South Korean cultur...

United States

Watch: OneShot — Gun Rally At The Alamo

OneShot — Gun rally at the Alamo, 2013 (©Nina Berman/NOOR) OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video. Follow ...

India

Where Indian Camels Are As Sacred As Cows (But Vanishing Fast)

In the northwestern state of Rajasthan, camels have long been worshipped as the main source of tr...