culture / society


When Contemporary Art Lands In A Highway Rest Stop

In Switzerland, a provocatively mundane location for top avant-garde art. But can you find someth...


A Hollywood Pig, The Weinstein Scandal Viewed From France

PARIS — According to an ever expanding list of accusers, Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing and assaulting women for decades. As of Friday, 28 women have come forward to denounce the ...


Women And Robots, More Than Just A Pretty Face

The sex robot market is expanding, but women must play a core role in the development of all arti...


Why Ancient Herbal Medicine Is Still So Popular In Afghanistan

KABUL — In the crowded old city of the Afghan capital, dozens of shops are lined with piles of colourful dried herbs, sitting out in the open. Their fragrance wafts into the street. Hindu ...


When Politics Invades The Soccer Pitch, And Vice Versa

-Analysis- The fraught drama of politics landing in the arena of sports has popped up recently in several different places around the world. It also happens to date back (at least) as far as ...


In Afghanistan, Bodybuilding Gains A Cult Following

KABUL — You see the images everywhere in the streets of Kabul: bare-chested men posing with their protruding and pulsating muscles. Scattered across the Afghan capital, the posters are ...


In Cameroon, Where The Fight Against HIV Is Still A Losing Battle

Lack of resources and social stigma continue to stand in the way of saving lives of those at risk...


Skin In The Game, Up Close With A Feminist Cam-Girl

Sandy makes big money stripping down, but never all-nude.


Dog Walker, The Man Behind The Canine Wheelchair

SERTÃOZINHO — In a simple house here, 330 kilometers northwest of São Paulo in Brazil, Glauber Pereira Souza, 36, is the head of a four-legged family: He owns five dogs, two cats and two ...


When Luxury Brands Counterfeit The Counterfeiters

With designs that imitate fakes, luxury fashion brands try to attract a younger and more connecte...

United States

Hugh Hefner And Brigitte Bardot, Where Nostalgia Meets Burkini Bans

-Analysis- PARIS — It was a final gift from the American patron of beauty and pleasure: The sight of Hugh Hefner’s silk-robed portrait, splashed across the top of the internet as Paris woke up ...


Miracle Vineyard, Small Winery Survives Italy's Massive Earthquake

VISSO — Francesco Sbaffi was recouping after a long day during a busy wine harvest when a powerful earthquake struck this idyllic town in the Apennine Mountains 11 months ago. The grape must ...

United States

Los Angeles Celebrates Latin American And Latinx Art

The Getty Center launches a festival of Latin American art that also considers its influence on A...


Cartagena's Urban Fix For The Poor? Remove Them

-OpEd- BOGOTÁ — In August 1894, while traveling to Venezuela, the Colombian poet José Asunción Silva spent time in Cartagena de Indias, the colonial port on Colombia's Caribbean coast. He wrote ...


The Woman Who Stared Boko Haram In The Eye, And Didn't Flinch

GENEVA — She didn't expect the enthusiasm with which she was honored. When she received the 2017 Sergio Vieira de Mello Award, which is named after the former High Commissioner for Human Rights ...


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 ...


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...


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 ...

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's "Christian-Free" Soccer Traditions

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


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 ...


Matchmaking Talented Refugees With Employers in France

An online platform helps refugees find jobs and companies find motivated, skilled employees.