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This is Worldcrunch's international collection of essays, which includes pieces written in English and others translated from the world's best writers in any other language. The name for this collection, Rue Amelot, is a nod to the humble address in eastern Paris that we call home. Send ideas and suggestions to info@worldcrunch.com.

France

When A California Boy Discovers Bear Bashing In Rural France

PAU — Not far from this southwestern French city, up in the snow-capped Pyrénées mountains that tower in the distance, there are bears. Still, even the most intrepid human adventurer would be hard ...

France

From Memphis To Paris, Martin Luther King's Unfinished Boulevard

PARIS — On any day of the week in Paris, my morning commute is interrupted by the word “Manifestation.” These political demonstrations and labor union protests occur with such frequency that I ...

United States

Berkeley To Paris To Moscow, Eternal Ideals Of Youth

-Essay- PARIS — Growing up in Northern California, acts of public protest were never far away. It felt perfectly natural for me to join fellow students in the annual “Day of Silence,” refusing ...

Germany

Facebook Limits, When A Sharing American Lands In Germany

-Essay- “Germans are coconuts, Americans peaches...” In the German Studies department at the University of Michigan, this saying bounced around as a shorthand way for us to describe the ...

United States

National Tragedy In The Age Of Trump

A young American in Paris watches Trump in Las Vegas, in the shadow of Obama and Orlando — ...

Spain

Our Special Catalan Spirit And Madrid's Heavy Hand

Historically for Madrid, there is no such thing as delicate diplomacy. But that approach has boom...

France

On Coups And Croissants, Why The News Is All About Me

What kind of a world do we live in, when Turkey can't even give us a proper coup anymore? Unable to sleep for the summer heat in Valencia, I remember that twisted thought coming to me as the ...

China

Chinese Faith, When It Comes Time To Choose

-Essay- TAIPEI — I still recall the long journey I made in 1987 during my first visit in China, traveling in crammed buses with the smells of caged poultry on board. Through Guangzhou in ...