culture / society

Argentina

Buenos Aires Postcard: Translating Borges Into Ukrainian

BUENOS AIRES — "I'm in the literary gang and Borges is my godfather..." Serhiy Borschevsky is the "last remaining" translator in Ukraine of the works of the 20th-century Argentinian writer ...

France

Work → In Progress: Toward A Tech-Powered, Human-Run Future

Machines replacing us humans: Depending on where you stand (and where you work!), this may sound like a dream or a nightmare. Societies have long been fascinated by the idea of handing over ...

Italy

Bicycle Thieves Of Italy, Yesterday and Today

The 1948 neo-realist cinematic masterpiece can be a key to understand Italian society today. With...

France

Scootergeddon: Electric Scooters Invade World Cities

Love them or hate them, electric scooters are changing the very ways we think about mobility and ...

Italy

Ancient Greek, Greta Thunberg And The Gift Of Education

Should schools add new subjects every year to keep up with the times? Or is their job simply to h...

Argentina

What Freud's Shrink Nephew Thinks Of Your Parenting Skills

Child psychiatrist Joseph Knobel Freud, an Argentine-based descendent of Sigmund Freud, says mode...

Bulgaria

Save The Last Bulgarian Dance

In the lobby of my hotel on the shores of the Black Sea, locals in full folkloric attire were dancing to traditional tunes. It felt strangely familiar, having had my own experiences preserving the ...

Brazil

Why The Brazilian Soccer Team Wouldn't Wear White - Until Now

"In Japan, white is the color of mourning." So wrote Samuel French in his play All the Way Home. Or at least that's the line as I remember it from my high-school theater days. White is also the ...

Colombia

Cold Economics For Colombia's Coffee Growers

The country faces dramatic debt levels among small-scale coffee farmers, as prices fall on world ...

Germany

Don't Call It Suicide: What Words To Use In Right To Die Debate

Someone who is terminally ill and wants to die faster does not "commit suicide," says this German...

France

Death And Destitution: How France Buries Its Homeless

A collective called Les Morts de la Rue keeps tabs on the deaths of homeless people, and tries to...

South Africa

Why It's Time For Sports To Adopt The Third Gender

Caster Semenya's case shows that the sport world must have an open debate about intersexuality, a...

Turkey

One-Of-A-Kind Skyline

I found striking cityscapes all around the world, from the feng-shui buildings of Honk Kong to Rio de Janeiro's lush bay and the odd-looking houses of Indonesian villages — but to me there's ...

France

Vegan Or Gluten-Free: Hard To Swallow In France

The "exceptional" eaters are tolerated if it's part of a medical treatment. But when it's based o...

India

In India's Job Crisis, Dignity In Employment Must Come First

India's politicians have to understand that people are earning something to survive, but a surviv...

Mexico

Mexico And The Problem Of 'Privilege Violence'

If President López Obrador really wants to give his country peace and security, he'll need...

Chad

Watch: OneShot — Marco Gualazzini''s Almajiri Boy

An iconic image from Italian photojournalist's reportage from Chad, which won the World Press Pho...

Switzerland

Switzerland's 'Contract Children' - Abused, Exploited, Forgotten

A report turns much-needed attention to a dark and long-ignored chapter in Swiss history.

Colombia

Furia Marica - The Meaning Of 'Faggot' And LGBT Rights In Colombia

A nation became so attached to a nasty word that it has lost some of its edge, but not all of it.

Philippines

Watch: OneShot — UNICEF Immunization, Philippines Vaccine

Unicef France marks World Immunization Week with this OneShot from the Philippines

Italy

A Peek Inside Italy's Murky Match-Making Industry

In Italy, while some agencies put people in touch locally, others help customers find a spouse in...