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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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Absolute Free Speech Is A Recipe For Violence: Notes From Paris For Monsieur Musk

Elon Musk bought Twitter in the name of absolute freedom. But numerous research shows that social media hate speech leads to actual violence. Musk and others running social networks need to strike a balance.

Absolute Free Speech Is A Recipe For Violence: Notes From Paris For Monsieur Musk

Freedom on social networks can result in insults and defamation

Jean-Marc Vittori

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PARIS — Elon Musk is the world's leading reckless driver. The ever unpredictable CEO of Tesla and SpaceX is now behind a very different wheel as the new head of Twitter.

He began by banning remote work before slightly backtracking and authorizing it for the company’s “significant contributors.” Now he’s opened the door to Donald Trump to return to Twitter, while at the same time vaunting a decrease in the number of hate-messages that appear on the social network…all while firing Twitter’s content moderation teams.

But this time, the world’s richest man will have to make choices. He’ll have to limit his otherwise unconditional love of free speech. “Freedom consists of being able to do everything that does not harm others,” proclaimed the French-born Declaration of the Rights of Man in 1789.

Yet freedom on social networks results not only in insults and defamation, but sometimes also in physical aggression.

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