culture / society

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 ...

Iran

Iranian Man Divorces Wife For Using Instagram, Remarries ... Happens Again!

TEHRAN — An Iranian man who divorced his first wife over her "secretive" use of Instagram is now ending his second marriage for the same reason. Tehran-based Shargh daily cited the ...

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 ...

Italy

Pope In Therapy: Why Italy Won't Face COVID's Mental Health Toll

Italy is once again murmuring about how Pope Francis was in therapy while serving as a priest in ...

Taiwan

Tropical Terroir: The Man Turning Taiwan Into Wine Country

On this subtropical island, Chien-hao Chen fought typhoons and monsoons to develop his vineyards ...

France

Love At First Swab, Romance At A French COVID Testing Center

She looked into his eyes, he shoved a q-tip up her nose, and they may live happily ever after.

France

Time Control! That's Why Young People Don't Answer The Phone

Young people no longer answer the phone if they haven't been warned that the call is coming. Empl...

France

Cancel Napoleon? French West Indies Decry Emperor For Slavery Role

As France and its overseas departments mark 200 years since Napoleon's death, his role in spreadi...

Italy

Super League Lessons, From Berlusconi To A Humble AC Milan Fan

Using pure economic power to reorder the world of soccer was clearly a bad idea, though not neces...

Hong Kong

Abandoned Pets Crisis Amid Hong Kong's Emigration Wave

As a growing number of people pack up and leave the former British colony, the question arises: W...

United States

Photo Of The Week: This Happened In Minneapolis

A local murder case that set off a worldwide movement arrived this week at its verdict, after three weeks of witness and expert testimonies: A Minneapolis jury found former police officer ...

Argentina

The Education Revolution Began Before The Pandemic

Technology is turning education into a data-driven, personalized learning process. It's up to hum...

India

How The Real Estate Market Ghettoizes Muslims In India

A year after riots in Delhi and elsewhere, Muslims are being forced out of their neighborhoods.

France

Different Ways The World Is Commemorating COVID-19's Victims

From a Swiss music box to a Chilean quilt, different projects seek to leave a tangible sign of th...

Norway

From Astrophysics To Zebras, A World Tour Of Weird Livestreams

Remember when time was one of the most limited resources anybody could have? Juggling our agendas, we rushed between work meetings, weekend trips, shopping, dinners and countless other social ...

Iran

Birth Rate Boost? Iranians Get Housing To Have More Children

An Iranian health official has echoed the Supreme Leader's repeated calls to rejuvenate the count...

India

COVID Weighs On Shanty Town Life In New Delhi

Residents of the state's "bastis" get free rations and state-provided services on the back of ID ...

Germany

No More Mozart? Classical Music V. Cancel Culture

The University of Oxford is planning to change its curriculum to focus on fewer white composers a...

Iran

Iranian Grandmother's Pardon Of Thieving Grandson Saves His Hand, Literally

There are the laws of the nation, then there's what grandma says. Those two codes collided in a recent case in Iran, where a grandmother who was robbed by her own grandson was ready to see him pay ...

France

Judge Stages Fake Wedding With Ex To Block Him From Marrying Again

A French judge used a stand-in for the role of the groom, registering her ex-boyfriend's name as ...

France

Men Dressed As Mickey Mouse And Winnie The Pooh Grope Teens In France

Cartoon characters parading down the streets are usually synonymous with childhood glee, theme parks and carnival floats. But as French daily Le Parisien reports, recent encounters with the ...