culture / society

United Kingdom

How Countries Are Coping With A Tanking Tourism Industry

From Bali to Mexico and everywhere in between, countries that have come to rely on a steady strea...

Egypt

Now Is A Very Bad Time To Be Pregnant In Egypt

The pandemic is putting the squeeze on hospitals and clinics, and making things particularly diff...

France

For The African Diaspora, Homeland Visits Will Have To Wait

Summer is normally the time for France's immigrants or their descendants from Algeria, Senegal an...

Peru

Apocalypse Fiction And COVID-19: Why Life Didn't Imitate Art

In the movie version, the contagion would lead to lawlessness and chaos. But in reality, institut...

United States

How Does It Sound? Bob Dylan, Between Headlines And Posterity

PARIS — Grandioso, say the Italians. Kolossalt for the Swedes. The Berkeley student newspaper called it monumental, while a Buenos Aires daily was stamping it patrimonio de la ...

France

Race And Ethnicity Data: Time To End The French Model

The country's "principled" approach to data collection does a disservice to people dealing with r...

France

Black Lives Matter In Video Games Too

In our already fractured times, virtual reality is edging toward "hybrid" reality — and that'...

France

Pandemic Postcard: Nearly Alone As A Paris Museum Reopens

PARIS — Growing up in Chicago, one of my favorite books was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the story of a brother and sister who run away to live in New York's ...

Italy

Summer Holiday Can't Quite Escape The Virus, Or The Office

Earlier this week, as I packed my things for my first post-pandemic vacation, my eyes and mind dwelled on the object I spend more time with than any other: my laptop. Of course many things have ...

France

Curtains Up, Masks On: Performing Arts Return To The Stage

Social distancing measures and face masks will impact not only the atmosphere in theaters and con...

China

Clearing Out Disabled: City Gentrification, Chinese-Style

-Analysis- BEIJING — How many disabled people are there in China? The number is 85 million, or 6% of China's total population, according to the statistics of the Chinese Disabled Persons' ...

India

India And The Poisoned Chalice Of Islamophobia

Anti-Muslim attitudes are "eating away at the idea of India" and finding expression even among th...

France

Work → In Progress: Designing A Post-Pandemic Future

Let's not forget that well before COVID-19, we often referred to the "revolution" underway in the workplace. Automation, digitalization, climate change and other seismic shifts were bringing upon ...

Canada

Far From Alabama: Quebec Must Face Its Own Systemic Racism

-OpEd- Let's talk about the words that are at the center of this wake-up-call of a debate. There's the word "racism," for starters. It's a garbage dump of a word, one that embodies a ...

Argentina

The Pure Folly Of "Food Nationalism" In Argentina

Argentine food production is doing fine and needs no "progressive" state intervention to assure s...

Lebanon

Black Lives Matter In The Arab World: Fighting A Multidimensional Racism

In Arab countries, the death of George Floyd has reignited the debate about racism against Blacks...

Belgium

Belgium Postcard: Fallen Statues And The Politics Of Public Aesthetics

Anti-racism and anti-colonial protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd raise new qu...

France

When Grown Children Shelter-In-Place With Mom And Dad

Reunited and it feels so...? In France, a number of young adults chose to spend the confinement p...

Germany

How The Pandemic Is Helping Reinvent Food Production

Globalized supply chains may be good for businesses, but they're not always ideal for consumers, ...

United States

Surveillance Tech Eyes COVID-19 And Black Lives Matter

PARIS — It's been a tumultuous few months for so-called "surveillance tech." Most recently, following pushback from Black Lives Matter activists, Amazon has suspended police use of its ...

Germany

Dining With Distance: Restaurant Innovation Adapts To COVID-19

For many, getting back to "normal life" means going out to eat. But people also want to be safe, which is why eateries — from Amsterdam to Australia — are experimenting with distancing ...

United States

Abidjan Postcard: Black Lives Matter, But They're Different Here

The movement rising up in the wake of George Floyd's death is built on a question of identity and...