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Meet The Doctor's Maid Who Inspired The Mediterranean Diet

A housekeeper with serious culinary skills helped feed the mind and mouth of Ancel Keys, the American doctor famous for documenting the health benefits of Mediterranean food.


THE INITIUM

Yulin To Paris: Dog-Eating At Center Of Animal Rights Battle

A Chinese dog meat festival has generated outrage in France. The controversy is a complex dance between animal rights, racism and consumer hypocrisy.​


DIE WELT

Why The Sharing Economy Doesn't Work: Human Nature

We can only solve our traffic problems if we stop idealizing car and bike-sharing, and focus on how people behave and what they want.​


RUE AMELOT

When They Mistook Me For A Muslim In Greece

A Colombian-American deals with different misconceptions in different parts of the world. Ask him who he is before you ask him where he's from.​


RUE AMELOT

When A Korean-American Health And Fitness Nut Lands In France


LE MONDE

Notre Dame: An Evolving Symbol Of France Is Bound To Live On

The events that have marked the 800-year history of the Notre Dame cathedral bear witness to the monument's eternal meaning and national symbolism.​


KOMMERSANT

What If Moscow Is The Real Loser In The New Syrian Chessboard?


AMERICA ECONOMIA

The Amazon Bioeconomy: Exploiting The Rainforest To Save It

Careful cultivation of the Amazon's curative fruits and plants could be far more profitable than destructive practices like soy or livestock farming​.


LES ECHOS

Syllable Counting And The Secret To The "Speed" Of Languages

Recent studies from a French laboratory of linguistics reveal surprising aspects of human language that make it even more mysterious than it sounds.​


SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

A Hard Road For Europe's Truck Drivers, Left Behind By Globalization


CLARIN

Twerking: How An African Dance Is Shaking Up Latin America

A journey, past and present, into the physical benefits and deeper meanings of (not quite) everyone's favorite hip-jerking dance craze.


ECONOMIC OBSERVER

How China's Free Market Economy Opened The Door To Romance

Traditional ideas about marriage still hold some sway among the Chinese, but more and more, couples are finally giving love a chance.

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