culture / society

Indonesia

Headbangers In Hijabs: Meet Muslim Teen Girl Metal Band

In Indonesia, the heavy metal band Voice of Baceprot is turning and banging heads. But critics sa...

Argentina

An Architect's Tallest Ambition, Just A Corner Of A Beautiful City

César Pelli has designed some of the world's best known skyscrapers. But he writes tha...

India

Surviving India's Modern-Day Witch Hunts

Government crime numbers show that since 2001, more than 2,000 "witches" — most of them wom...

France

Extra! Patriotism And Mourning A Year After Nice Terrorist Attack

Nice Matin, July 13, 2017 This year's Bastille Day celebrations will have special meaning in Nice, as the southern French city commemorates the first anniversary of the July 14, 2016 attack ...

China

Who Is To Blame For China's Awful Movies?

-OpEd- BEIJING — Many Chinese films are awful. Who is to blame for this objective fact? An audience typically praises a film when they think it’s good and complain when it isn’t. Yet Feng ...

France

Macron's Next Trick? Restoring Honor To The Legion Of Honor

Such disreputable figures as Lance Armstrong and John Galliano, Bashar al-Assad and Manuel Norieg...

Canada

Diamond Hunting In The Arctic

The pay is good. And much of the work is automated. But life at the isolated Gahcho Kué di...

India

Muslim 'Instant Divorce' Takes Center Stage In India

MUMBAI — Afreen Rehman, 28, is one of five Muslim women who recently took her case to India's Supreme Court demanding a ban on a controversial practice known as "Triple Talaq," or instant ...

China

"Chinese Dream" Agit Prop Now Airing Before Every Movie In China

BEIJING — Dream or nightmare? Chinese moviegoers will now see for themselves. Starting July 1, the anniversary the Chinese Communist Party, and through its 19th national congress in the fall, ...

France

France Takes Fidget Spinning To Peak Level

Hand Spinner Mag, July 2017 PARIS — Fidget spinners — or as they're called here, "hand spinners" — have made it to France. Originally created for medical purposes, to help autistic ...

Japan

Japan's Unlikely Love Affair With "One Hundred Years Of Solitude"

In spite of the thousands of miles and cultural distances between Colombia and Japan, Gabriel Gar...

Iceland

5 LGBT Prime Ministers Around The World

As Germany legalizes gay marriage and Ana Brnabic becomes Serbia's prime minister, Worldcrunch celebrates openly gay heads of government around the world. Take 5 — LGBT Leaders Around The ...

United Kingdom

Linguistidio Leviosa! Celebrating Harry Potter Magic In 10 Languages

Ever wondered what's the French for "Slytherin"? Or how Harry Potter​'s voice sound in Hindi, or Hebrew? To celebrate 20 years since the J.K. Rowling's first installment of the series hit ...

United Kingdom

Harry Potter V. The Internet

“The boy who lived” turns 20 years old today. Harry Potter, the turn-of-the-century literary sensation, topped bestseller lists and broke box office records across the globe, featuring seven book ...

Colombia

In Rural Colombia, Waging Peace By Safeguarding Water

A project that encourages villagers to protect local river sources is helping revive community li...

Argentina

Revisiting The Art — And Argentine Origins — Of Lucio Fontana

A current exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires isn't just about rem...

Afghanistan

Female-Only TV Station Hits Afghanistan Airwaves

KABUL — When a series of terrorist attacks rocked the Afghan capital late last month, killing more than 150, less than a kilometer away from worst blast, a group of women were busy preparing a ...

Syria

In Syria, The Next War Has Already Begun

Russia, Iran and U.S. are all looking beyond the defeat of ISIS in Syria. But the little game the...

Germany

Despacito And 5 Other Non-English Hits That Went Global

Despacito, by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, is 2017’s runaway worldwide hit. Muy bien! It follows a long, though not-so-frequent history of non-English songs breaking down language barriers ...

Spain

The Names In Spain Are Mostly The Same, Though That May Change

A tiny revolution can be heard rumbling through Spain: starting June 30, parents will have the ab...

Brazil

Welcome To "Cracolandia," São Paulo's Roving Drug Bazaar

A pulsing, hazy world comes to life every night in Brazil's largest city, as drug traffickers...

Greece

Greek Debts: Is It Time To Let The Venus De Milo Go Home?

PARIS — Every day, tourists in the Louvre crowd around the Venus de Milo. The two-meter high armless marble lady is one of the museum’s most renowned pieces of art. But the statue, recovered by a ...