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Worldcrunch's 10 Most Popular Articles Of The Year

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Here are the 10 most-read articles of the past year:


Who Is Lauriane Doumbouya, The French Wife Of Guinea's Coup Leader?

New Guinea president Mamadi Doumbouya and his wife Lauriane Doumboya, née Darboux

Sall Hiro Kun Manga

During the recent inauguration of new Guinea president Mamadi Doumbouya, the presence of a female French police officer alongside the coup leader grabbed the public's attention. But little is still known about the new first lady.

JEUNE AFRIQUE


In Russia, Brands Advertising Diversity Are Under Attack

In Russia, Brands Advertising Diversity Under Attack

Yobidoyobi

Russian sushi delivery Yobidoyobi removed an advertisement with a Black man and apologized for offending the Russian nation, while a grocery chain was attacked for featuring an LGBTQ couple.

KOMMERSANT

A Dose Of Epicurus: Ancient Philosopher Cures Italy's COVID Souls

Ancient Philosopher Cures Italy's COVID Souls

Pikist/Worldcrunch

In Italy, Epicurus's "Letter on Happiness" is being sold at pharmacies to help people face down the stress and anxiety of COVID times.

LA STAMPA

French Wine, Cancelled? The Sexist World Of France's Winemakers

French Wine, Cancelled? The Sexist World Of France's Winemakers

Unsplash user @lamerbrain

Discriminatory comments and practices still reign supreme in wine cellars. But the women of the French wine industry are determined to break down old barriers.

LE MONDE

The Case For Letting Algorithms Run The Vaccine Rollouts

The Case For Letting Algorithms Run The Vaccine Rollouts

Paul Christian Gordon/ZUMA

Belgium's vaccination campaign is a prime example, computer scientist Hugues Bersini argues, of how technology can not only improve efficiency, but also, in some cases, make things more fair.

LE SOIR

China's 'One-Child' Generation Chooses Cats Over Babies

China's 'One-Child' Generation Chooses Cats Over Babies

Xinhua via ZUMA

Menglin's boyfriend accompanied her to the clinic. It took less than 10 minutes for the doctor to place the contraceptive implant in Menglin's upper left arm. It's now very unlikely she'll get pregnant in the next three years. She is 31, a good age to give birth, but she is reluctant to start trying.

THE INITIUM

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

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

tagebucheinerpolizistin

Some police officers have used their toned bodies, selfies in uniform, and professional insights into social media notoriety. But all that attention can also lead to problems at work.

DIE WELT

Time To Triage (Out!) The Anti-Vaxxers Who Get COVID

Time To Triage (Out!) The Anti-Vaxxers Who Get COVID

MatNap/Unsplash

In Canada's Western province of Alberta, hospital beds are running out and forcing officials to "triage" to decide who does and doesn't get care. The same formula should not apply to those who have chosen not to get the COVID vaccine.

WORLDCRUNCH

Why French Fashion Has Been So Slow To Embrace Inclusive Sizing

Why French Fashion Has Been So Slow To Embrace Inclusive Sizing

@arson_photography

Clothing companies in France have a habit of simply ignoring larger-sized women. But led by a new generation of designers, some of them inspired by first-hand frustrations, the sector is finally showing signs of change.

LES ECHOS

Latin American Pariah, The Cost Of Brazil's Isolationism

President Donald Trump with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach

Allen Eyestone/TNS/ZUMA

By turning its back on regional integration, the conservative government of Jair Bolsonaro is putting ideology above the country's long-term economic and political interests.

CLARIN

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Chinese Students' "Absurd" Protest Against COVID Lockdowns: Public Crawling

While street demonstrations have spread in China to protest the strict Zero-COVID regulations, some Chinese university students have taken up public acts of crawling to show what extended harsh lockdowns are doing to their mental state.

​Screenshot of a video showing Chinese students crawling on a soccer pitch

Screenshot of a video showing Chinese students crawling

Shuyue Chen

Since last Friday, the world has watched a wave of street protests have taken place across China as frustration against extended lockdowns reached a boiling point. But even before protesters took to the streets, Chinese university students had begun a public demonstration that challenges and shames the state's zero-COVID rules in a different way: public displays of crawling, as a kind of absurdist expression of their repressed anger under three years of strict pandemic control.

Xin’s heart was beating fast as her knees reached the ground. It was her first time joining the strange scene at the university sports field, so she put on her hat and face mask to cover her identity.

Kneeling down, with her forearms supporting her body from the ground, Xin started crawling with three other girls as a group, within a larger demonstration of other small groups. As they crawled on, she felt the sense of fear and embarrassment start to disappear. It was replaced by a liberating sense of joy, which had been absent in her life as a university student in lockdown for so long.

Yes, crawling in public has become a popular activity among Chinese university students recently. There have been posters and videos of "volunteer crawling" across universities in China. At first, it was for the sake of "fun." Xin, like many who participated, thought it was a "cult-like ritual" in the beginning, but she changed her mind. "You don't care about anything when crawling, not thinking about the reason why, what the consequences are. You just enjoy it."

The reality out there for Chinese university students has been grim. For Xin, her university started daily COVID-19 testing in November, and deliveries, including food, are banned. Apart from the school gate, all exits have been padlock sealed.

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