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La crème de Worldcrunch, class of 2018
La crème de Worldcrunch, class of 2018

LE MONDE

Monstrous Times Call For Monstrous Fiction: A French Manifesto

Against the omnipotence of "reality-show novels' and costume fiction, a group of young French authors want to reassert the novel as a contemporary art.


SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

The Real Invisible Threat To Democracy: Poverty

Even in economically powerful Germany, poverty threatens the social fabric. And neither the left or right has any real solutions — except to play to fears.


KOMMERSANT

Russian Poker? Why The New Cold War May Be About To Thaw



LES ECHOS

The Specter Of May 1968, From Hamlet To Marx To May 2018

The violent protests that struck Paris last week weren't the start of a new, 1968-style uprising. But people are angry and disillusioned. And that's a problem.


THE WIRE

Unraveling The Secret Of The Taj Mahal's Original Color

Indian authorities are prepared to spruce up the world famous monument and restore its ancient hue — provided they can figure out just which shade of pale it really was.


LA STAMPA

Italian Revisited, Pinocchio Translated Into Emoji Language

Researchers at the University Of Macerata used volunteers and online bots to help translated the 19th century children's classic.


DIE WELT

The Eros And Ethics Of Sex Robots

Imagine if machines could do the job of strippers — or prostitutes. Where would it lead us?


LES ECHOS

Banksy And The Indestructible Force Of Capitalism


ONE SHOT (Video)

Guerrillero Heroico — Alberto Diaz Korda


MADA MASR

Tora Prison Diary: Conjuring Harry Potter Magic In The Darkness

Abdelrahman al-Gendy, a standout student and Harry Potter aficionado, was just 17 when he was arrested in Cairo, charged with multiple crimes, and given a 15-year prison sentence.


SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

Welcome To The Metadata Society — And Beware

There's a potentially sinister side to the crush of data we unwittingly feed into systems like Google, which can use the information not only to make money, but ultimately control us.


LE MONDE

Your Ego Online, Psychoanalysis In The Social Media Age



ECONOMIC OBSERVER

"Rich Brats' And Me: The Struggles Of Chinese Studying Abroad


DIE WELT

Hungry Students? Postponed Exams? Ramadan In German Schools


CLARIN

Urban Planners Find Smart Design In Argentine Shantytowns

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Geopolitics

Modi Is Wrong: Russia's War Also Creates Real Risks For India

By shrugging aside Russia’s aggression, India has shown indifference to fears that China could follow Russia’s example.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visits Russia

Anita Inder Singh*

-OpEd-

NEW DELHI — India is wrong to dismiss Russia’s war in Ukraine as Europe’s problem. The illegality and destructiveness of the invasion, and consequential food and energy crises, have global ramifications.

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This explains why 143 out of the 193 member-states of the UN General Assembly voted against recognizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four Ukrainian regions after holding sham referenda there. Ninety-three voted in favor of expelling Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.

India has abstained from every vote in the UN condemning Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The reason? Moscow is India’s top arms supplier and some 70% of India’s military platforms are of Russian origin.

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