culture / society

Italy

Coronavirus, One More Crisis For Italy's Forgotten Youth

A recent speech by former ECB chief Mario Draghi hit close to home in his native country.

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...

Morocco

A Female Voice Busts Into 'Man's World' Of Moroccan Rap

With edgy lyrics and an attitude that's too legit to quit, rapper Houda Abouz — aka Khtek ...

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 ...

Argentina

How To Overcome British Bad Faith On Falklands Diplomacy

Argentina must boost its scientific activities in the South Atlantic and maintain diplomatic pres...

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

An Economist's Wholehearted Defense Of Online Dating Sites

Platforms like Tinder have a reputation for facilitating quick hook-ups. But their impact on soci...

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...

Iran

Why The Pandemic Hits Iran's Working Women Harder

Joblessness is soaring in the western Asian nation, particularly among women, who are far more li...

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...

France

When A Telework Veteran Takes Remote To Another Dimension

I've worked from home long before the coronavirus outbreak forced the rest of the world to go remote. When I used to talk about my job as a freelance writer and video editor — and the fact ...

Sweden

Back To The Countryside: How COVID-19 Is Fueling A Rural Boom

For a long time, urbanization has been one of the defining features of our societies — a tendency that has accelerated with the growth of the information economy, with now half the world's ...

India

Punjab Postcard: A Street Artist Paints Old Left In New Light

Artist Balvir Singh and his murals of revolutionaries like Che Guevara and Lenin have helped reki...