culture / society

Egypt

Cairo's Arts Scene Creeps Back, But Nowhere Close To Normal

Movie houses, music venues and art galleries are showing signs of life after a long lockdown. The...

Italy

Lockdown All'Italiana: Trying To Find Comedy In COVID-19

Our Italian columnist has a chuckle at those wagging their social media fingers at the new movie ...

India

India's Liberals And The Misguided Appeal Of Religious Nostalgia

Hindutva is a menace of Indian society, and to confront it head on, liberals need to stop celebra...

France

How Young Should We Recognize Transgender Kids?

In southern France, a family asked the local elementary school to call their child a new name.

Germany

Making Sense Of The Movement Toward Digital Immortality

With the advancement of AI technology, certain aspects of our individual being may survive beyond...

India

In India, A Manual And Movement To Talk Openly About Menstruation

-Analysis- CHENNAI — "What is this?," my curious seven year old asked, picking up a pack of sanitary napkins, as I found just the right position to take a picture to accompany an article on ...

Belgium

A Belgian Professor Grades Remote Learning: C+

The pandemic closed classrooms and pushed the education process online. It was a desperate measur...

Argentina

Brutalism Is Back! — But With Some Softer Twists

Truth be told, the post-World World II frenzy for straight lines and exposed concrete never reall...

China

Understanding China's Huge Appetite For Binge-Eating Shows

Authorities have decided to start cracking down on popular web programs featuring pretty vloggers...

Sweden

A Swedish Boxer, Donald Trump And Our Culture Of Shame

Long before his sex scandal took over the front pages, every Swede knew Paolo Roberto. The son of an Italian father and Swedish mother, Roberto gained some notoriety in his teens as a street ...

United States

David Blaine And Donald Trump, Trading Places

-Essay- PARIS — I do my best not to get pulled into the rabbit hole of U.S. election coverage. It's hard to imagine, at this point, how any poll or tweet or scandal could possibly affect ...

Egypt

Cairo Demolition: A City's Heartless Pursuit Of Progress

Families, neighborhoods and even the remains of loved ones are bulldozed over in order to build n...

Argentina

Donald Trump, Accident Or Consequence Of History

The bombastic president seems to have little regard for precedence or decorum. But is he just an ...

Germany

Greta! Will COVID-19 Make Or Break The "Climate Generation"?

Although the coronavirus pandemic is dominating global politics, Swedish environmentalist Greta T...

China

The Party's Over: Exodus Pangs Of Hong Kong Elite

HONG KONG — Ten old college classmates had rented a room in a five-star hotel. There was plenty of laughing and joking and memories, but a sad feeling somehow lingered. The reunion was really ...

France

A Momentous And Wary Back-To-School Around The World

It's just one of many images of schoolchildren circulating around the world this week, but it comes with extra symbolism: 1.4 million students returned to their classes today in Wuhan, the central ...

Spain

Forget Willy Wonka: The Fantastic Tales Of Spanish Chocolate

A chocolate museum nestled in Spain's small town of Astorga reveals how an exotic delicacy became...

Italy

How Sardinia's Dolce Vita Turned Into A COVID-19 Nightmare

On the Italian island's Emerald Coast, the summer lifestyles of the rich and famous ignored the t...

Belarus

Lukashenko Threats Force Hand Of Belarus Opposition

The opponents of ‘Europe's last dictator' are trying to avoid loss of life and focusing new...

Colombia

Why Feminism And Capitalism Can Never Be Reconciled

The 'feminist free marketeer' is an oxymoron, when the free market is a bastion of the socioecono...

Germany

Ein, Zwei, Dry: The German City Where Water Has Run Out

BERLIN — Germans are feeling the heat. For almost a week now, temperatures have been over 86 °F (30 °C) in most of the country, and every day a local council pleads with its residents not to ...

India

Toxic Cities, Expendable Lives: The Waste Crisis In India And Beyond

Unless we question the socio-economic structures associated with the production of waste and wast...