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Extra! Extra! Top 7 Worldcrunch Articles Of 2013

From the four corners of the planet, the 7 most-read articles that Worldcrunch published over the past year.

Buon Anno!!...from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy
Buon Anno!!...from the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy

Worldcrunch continued to span the globe through 2013 to deliver our unique brand of international journalism, in partnership with the best news sources in the world.

Our loyal readers know our aim is to cover something of everything under the sun and stars: from war and politics to techology and pop culture, business and finance, food and travel. And our geographic reach, of course, knows no limits.

Journalism as popularity contest is a trap we continue to actively avoid. And yet knowing what stories people are drawn to is an opportunity to learn how to do our jobs better. So we hereby share this with you: the seven stories we published this past year that garnered the most readers:

1. Who Says Top Students Make The Best Employees?

2. Here's What It's Like To Get An Abortion In An Increasingly Pious Turkey

3. Big Hang And Tiger Bench:Women Expose Brutality Of Chinese Labor Camp

4. When An Anti-Semitic Hungarian Politician Finds Out He's Jewish

5. Why China Is Still No Superpower

6. Confessions Of A Modern Male Prostitute

7. In Romania, A Quiet City Has Become The Global Hub For Hackers And Online Crooks

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Parenthood And The Pressure Of Always Having To Be Doing Better

As a father myself, I'm now better able to understand the pressures my own dad faced. It's helped me face my own internal demands to constantly be more productive and do better.

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Father and son in the streets of Madrid, Spain

Ignacio Pereyra*

-Essay-

When I was a child — I must have been around eight or so — whenever we headed with my mom and grandma to my aunt's country house in Don Torcuato, outside of Buenos Aires, there was the joy of summer plans. Spending the day outdoors, playing soccer in the field, being in the swimming pool and eating delicious food.

But when I focus on the moment, something like a painful thorn appears in the background: from the back window of the car I see my dad standing on the sidewalk waving us goodbye. Sometimes he would stay at home. “I have to work” was the line he used.

Maybe one of my older siblings would also stay behind with him, but I'm sure there were no children left around because we were all enthusiastic about going to my aunt’s. For a long time in his life, for my old man, those summer days must have been the closest he came to being alone, in silence (which he liked so much) and in calm, considering that he was the father of seven. But I can only see this and say it out loud today.

Over the years, the scene repeated itself: the destination changed — it could be a birthday or a family reunion. The thorn was no longer invisible but began to be uncomfortable as, being older, my interpretation of the events changed. When words were absent, I started to guess what might be happening — and we know how random guessing can be.

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