culture / society

Japan

In Skinny Japan, New Company Offers Plus-Sized People 'For Rent'

It's an economic dictum that virtually anything that is rare is bound to create a valuable market: diamonds, limited edition clothing and, in Japan, obese people. In a country where the obesity ...

France

Good And Evil Uses Of Facial Recognition Around The Globe

Much has been said about China's use of biometric technology for mass civilian surveillance. But ...

Jamaica

The Ital Diet, A Rastafarian Recipe For Eating Right

For a combination of spiritual and political reasons, Rastas developed a diet based on healthy, l...

India

Sonic COVID: Listening To The Pandemic's Sounds And Silences

Particularly in mega cities like New Delhi, the pandemic and its accompanying lockdowns have chan...

Canada

Quebec's Latest Demand For Recognition: An Emoji

At 3,304 and counting, the list of officially recognized emojis includes more than just happy faces, hearts and clinking beer mugs. With certain icons there are politics at play, and even ...

France

The Hard Part About Restarting A Social Life After COVID

Friends, colleagues, countrymen: After many long months of distancing, masks, quarantine, curfews...

France

The Pundits And Us: Traps Of Our Commentariat Society

Staying updated with the news has become a way to pass time, but there are real effects on the he...

Germany

The Openly Gay Priest Shaking Up The Catholic Church In Germany

Holger Allmenroeder is a Catholic priest who is also openly gay. He supports gay and lesbian peop...

Italy

Post-Lockdown Milan: All Booked And On The Verge Of Bankruptcy

Bars and restaurants are finally able to receive customers, at least for outdoor service. It's a ...

France

Netflix And French Cinema: Love-Hate Sequel Of A Hollywood Past

After a rocky start, relations between the streaming giant and the French film ecosystem have imp...

Tunisia

Femicide In Tunisia: Why A New Law Couldn't Crack The Patriarchy

A recent spousal killing in El Kef demonstrates how vulnerable Tunisian women remain despite the ...

Mexico

In Mexico, Drop In Life Expectancy Linked To Drug Cartel Violence

MEXICO CITY — Crime in Mexico related to gangs and drug cartels is believed to have shortened the lifespan of the country's residents, according to a new study. The National Police report ...

Russia

Cold Justice In Siberia: A Teenager Swallowed By Putin's System

Busted for hanging anti-government posters, 15-year-old Nikita has been jailed for almost a year ...

United States

Happy Birthday Bob Dylan! From The World, In 11 Languages

To celebrate Bob's 80th birthday, a sampling of his songs sung from every corner of the planet.

France

That Was Fast! Teenager Loses Driver's License 30 Minutes After Obtaining It

PARIS — Getting your driver's license in France is no small feat. Endless hours of studying the holy "code de la route" for a tricky written exam, followed by a minimum of 20 hours of ...

France

Holy Incense And Baby Whales: How We've Measured Social Distance

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a part of our daily lives for more than a year now, including through a range of rules and restrictions to follow to avoid contracting (or disseminating) the virus. ...

France

So Joe Biden Is Old: The Lines Between Power, Age And Authority

Despite being mocked on the campaign trail as "Sleepy Joe," Biden has had an energetic and produc...

Italy

Why Italy Is So Slow In Protecting LGBTQ From Violence

Proposed Italian legislation to punish public acts of homophobia continues to be blocked by both ...

Germany

I'm Vaccinated, Now Let Me Live! Time To Set The Inoculated Free

Die Welt journalist Peter Huth argues that those who can't catch COVID-19 should not be subject t...

Portugal

Highway To Hell? Portuguese Priest Steals From Church To Buy 19 Cars

If we know that greed is one of the seven deadly sins, what about lust for German cars? A Lisbon priest has received a four-and-a-half-year suspended jail sentence for aggravated breach of trust ...

France

Virtual Pétanque: COVID Forces French National Pastime To Go Online

There's croissants and cheese, bérets and Brigitte Bardot — and then there's pétanque. On the list of the Frenchest things, this national pastime ranks pretty high, conjuring up scenes of ...

Germany

Germany's #Instacops, The Perils Of Police As Influencers

Some police officers have used their toned bodies, selfies in uniform, and professional insights ...