Staff Picks, Our 15 Best Stories Of 2019
France's Yellow Vests And The Problem With Post-Truth Economics
Opinion shapers have a habit these days of disregarding facts, be they scientific or economic. Opinions matter, of course, but shouldn't supersede well-founded knowledge.
RoboJudge: When Laws Are Transformed Into Computer Code
Laws take time to catch up with reality. Could we program them into binary systems? It is tempting, but it is also dangerous.
Lagos Postcard: When EU Pushes Migrants To Go Back Home
Nigerian painter Isaac sold everything and left Lagos, in the hope to make it to Germany. After barely surviving in Libya, he gave it all up and went back.
J'Accuse, Me Too: France And The Polanski Morality Play
New sexual assault accusations surfaced in France before the release of Roman Polanski's new film (titled "J'Accuse" in French) about the Dreyfus affair of a false accusation against a French-Jewish army officer. Who is accusing who here?
My 17th-Century Aunt And Killing The "Witch Hunt" Metaphor
Short-Term Thinking, The Ruin Of Today's Politics
Democratic systems offer little incentive for long-term thinking. But unless we can implement true, forward-looking policies, problems like climate change will only multiply.
In Colombia, When Your 7-Year-Old Is Transgender
In Bogotá, a transgender girl and her family are, with their openness, helping similar people take their rightful place in society.
Thou Shalt Never Be Polite To Robots
Google and Amazon are trying to force us to speak politely to their AI-driven personal assistants. But giving souls to our technology is a dangerous return to the past.
Christchurch To Sao Paulo: Our Age Of Nihilistic Terrorism
The white supremacist who killed 50 at New Zealand mosques is like other mass killers attached to myths of ideological identity that lack any real political horizon.
In A Beijing Park, The Cold Calculations Of Senior Dating
Loneliness, sex and economics rule among aging singles in the Chinese capital.
Istanbul's Opposition Mayor And Hopes For Turkish Democracy
Just The Two Of Us: Why Belarus' Lukashenko Is Betting On Putin
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End Times And Ecology: Finding Meaning With Our Planet In Peril
Can the possibility of the end of the world give meaning to life? A French philosopher (and mother of young children) fears the worst but tries to live the best she can.
Racism And Soccer In The Time Of Salvini, A Napoli Homecoming