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Taiwan

Aging Taiwan And The Doubts Of A Faraway Daughter

PARIS — Last month, I made my annual trip back to Taiwan around the Chinese New Year to see my parents. My mother, who is 86, has not being doing too badly even though she has a mild but ...

Canada

Warren Beatty And My Dad, A Time For Reflection

I see a wisdom behind the slowness. I've learned that he must give the question full attentio...

France

I'm 19 Years Old, I've Never Been To School

I live in a small village in the Vosges Mountains in northeastern France with my four brothers and sisters. My father works in industrial maintenance and my mother takes care of the family. I ...

Taiwan

Trump And My Taiwan: A Phone Call Can Change Everything

PARIS — I first heard the news with a text message from my son late last Friday night: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen had spoken by telephone with Donald Trump. I cannot describe the joy I felt. ...

France

How I Kissed Goodbye To My Dream Of Becoming A Millionaire

-Essay- I recently turned 30, so the math tells me I've already lived through one third of my life. That also means I still have at least 20,000 days to make all of my dreams come true. ...

Austria

When You Share A Hometown With Adolf Hitler

BRAUNAU AM INN — With its church spires and colorful facades, my hometown has a certain postcard charm. But growing up in this corner of northern Austria, near the German ...

Israel

Silent Delivery, How My Stillborn Twins Made Me A Better Mother

"If only the world's shattered people carried a sign, a small mark of Cain so that w...

Italy

Sexism, Italian-Style: Bad News For My Eight-Year-Old Daughter

Italy is, still, a deeply sexist country. A recent murder and suicide remind one mother why part ...

Palestinian Territory

Couchsurfing In Palestine, Part 3: Death At The Door

This is the third and final installment of a three-part series "Couchsurfing In Palestine." Read ...

Brazil

The Other Rio — Maria: I Do Not Accept Violence

The third of a three-part series of oral histories from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, so close a...

Brazil

The Other Rio — Jaquelline: God, If You Exist, Look At Me

The second of a three-part series of oral histories from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, so close ...

Brazil

The Other Rio — Glaucio: I've Saved Some Kids, Lost Some Too

The first of a three-part series of oral histories from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, so close a...

France

France, The Myths Of Human Freedom And Terror

With the third major terrorism attack on French soil in 18 months, the question "Why France?...

Palestinian Territory

Couchsurfing (And Keeping Secrets) In Palestine — Part 1

-Essay- There must be an infinity of good stories to tell about the bus from Jerusalem to Ramallah. At its starting point, the streets are well kept, like in a first-world country, and the ...

France

In France, The Sky Is Falling — Still

-Essay- PARIS — Nothing ruins the cheese course more than the smell of burning tires. Yes, it seems, the hour of camembert and brimstone is at ...

Canada

Overcoming The Fear Of Fleeting Happiness

-Essay- I am short of breath. My brow is wet with sweat, and my fingertips are tingling. I can't seem to concentrate. I'm happy, but there's this idea nagging ...

Mongolia

The Limits Of Modern Privacy, Lessons From Mongolia

Each night I return home to one of the greatest luxuries available to human beings: an empty room. There is no one to speak to if I do not wish to make conversation, and no one to make demands of ...

Czech Republic

A Brazilian Superman, Lost And Homeless In Prague

PRAGUE — Czech Republic was ...

Morocco

Rude Awakening, When A Young American Woman Moves To Morocco

Emma Tobin decided to take a gap year in Africa to work on women's empowerment issues. Li...

Afghanistan

Trump And Torture, Reflections Of A Good Soldier

The terrorists attacks in Brussels last week provided ...

France

Syrian Lessons Close To Home, From Paris To Tennessee

PARIS — Our usual spot at Parc Sainte-Périne to plop our blanket and sports equipment for a few hours of recreational escape was already taken when we arrived on Saturday. A group of about 10 ...

North Korea

A Swiss Man's Bizarre Quest To Give Kim Jong-Un A Toblerone

Switzerland-born globetrotter Olivier Racine does things because he can. He wanted to give the No...