culture / society

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 ...

Brazil

In Rio's Favelas, Schools Caught In Crossfire

RIO DE JANEIRO — "Stray bullets invading Rio's schools." "Under threat, schools are closing." "Students injured in shooting." These were titles of articles published by Folha de S. Paulo, ...

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...

Netherlands

Europol Writes Postcards To "Most-Wanted" Fugitives

​Europol is adding a whiff of summer holiday fun to its hunt for hardened criminals. On its website, Europol (the Europe Union's police agency) has issued 21 original digital “postcards” addressed ...

Switzerland

Interlaken, The New Swiss Mecca For Rich Muslim Tourists

The boom from Gulf countries is the direct result of a promotional campaign that features halal m...

Argentina

Why The Tide Is Shifting Toward Marine Conservation

Until recently, conservation focused mostly on land. But Industrial-scale fishing and massive pol...

France

Neymar And PSG, Qatar Plays Its Geopolitics On A Paris Soccer Pitch

The record-breaking transfer of the Brazilian superstar to French club PSG is part of much bigger...

France

All French Medical Students Must Now Be Trained In Terror Response

PARIS — A series of major terrorist attacks since 2015 has changed life in France in big and small ways. Now it is about to change training requirements for French medical students. Beginning in ...

United States

L, G, B & T — Deconstruction Of An Acronym

Perception (and treatment) of gays and lesbians may be different from transgender people — ...

United States

Albert Hofmann: Looking Back At LSD Inventor's First Strange Trip

GENEVA — There are those few rare researchers through the ages so devoted to science that they have used their own bodies as a laboratory for their experiments. After inventing the hallucinogenic ...

Japan

Five Places Around The World Where Women Are (Still) Banned

Many are up in arms after UNESCO granted a small Japanese island World Heritage Site status in June. On face value, Okinoshima Island, home to a 17th-century Shinto shrine, is a worthy World ...

Italy

How Mussolini Is Making A Comeback On Social Media

The "brand" of Il Duce is doing particularly well on Facebook and Instagram.

Kenya

Race For Her Rights, Rwandan Cyclist Takes On Sexism

Jeanne d'Arc Girubuntu, a 22-year-old cycling champion, strives to be a role model and to ins...

Italy

Trump Masks, Warhol And The Temptations Of Instagram

PARIS — As the editor of what we call a “digital magazine,” I must make lots of choices on any given day as the various streams of news — real and fake and often just pointless — criss-cross on my ...

France

Bain De Soleil, How France Invented The Modern Tan

-Essay- PARIS — For a superficial observer, it is one of the lesser-known cultural revolutions and a rather trivial one at that: the dramatic shift in the Western physical ideal, in just over a ...

Germany

Holocaust Rhymes And Lamborghinis, A Jewish Rapper Breaks Taboos In Germany

SpongeBOZZ's new album quickly shot up the German hip-hop charts, but his irreverence is tell...

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...

Germany

Parenting Lessons, From Walden To Whatsapp

"I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings." These wise words were written by American ...

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 ...