Culture

Fishermen lay their nets on the Mekong River close to the site of an approved dam site near Luang Prabang, Laos, on Feb. 8 2020.

In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang

A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.

German infantrymen folllow a tank toward Moscow in the snow in, 1941 during Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union. The image was published in. Signal, a magazine published by the German Third Reich. Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images

Panzers, Beans, and Bullets

This wargame explains how Russia really stopped Hitler.

A Femen protester holds a placard reading "The Future is Feminist" at a demonstration in Paris on March 7.

Aux Armes, Citoyen·nes!

Gender-neutral terms have sparked an explosive battle over the future of the French language.

Palestinians in Gaza lift a banner protesting the killing of Eyad al-Hallaq and George Floyd.

How Israel Lost the Culture War

Defending the colonial project of occupation won’t work in a world where racial justice has gone mainstream.

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Iran’s Hard-Liners Are Using a TV Thriller to Undermine Their Rivals

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-linked spy drama “Gando” is designed to discredit moderate politicians before the June election.

A mujra dancer on stage in Pakistan.

‘Showgirls of Pakistan’ Doesn’t Need Your Victim Narrative

In a new documentary about mujra dancers, Saad Khan escapes the Western documentary complex to give his subjects the chance to speak in their own words.

A still from Pacific Rim: The Black.

Small Stories in an Age of Giant Monsters

The new Netflix show “Pacific Rim: The Black” finally lives up to the franchise’s internationalist potential.

Everydays: The First 5000 Days by Beeple

It’s a $69 Million JPEG, but Is It Art?

Cryptocurrency and high art are cooking up magic beans together with nonfungible tokens.

People visit the Bund in Shanghai

Seeking Truth From Fiction

The provocative short stories in “Land of Big Numbers” offer a window into ordinary life in China with rich material from a reporter’s notebook.

A photo from the film Quo Vadis, Aida?

Oscar-Shortlisted Film Puts Bosnian Genocide on Silver Screen

“Quo Vadis, Aida?” could do for the Srebrenica massacre what “Schindler’s List” accomplished for the Holocaust.

Director Terry George talks to Rwandan President Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame Celebrated ‘Hotel Rwanda’—Until Its Hero Criticized Him

Rwanda’s president once welcomed the Hollywood film. His recent attacks on the movie and its protagonist show that his government cannot handle dissent.

A man browses jewelry through the window of a shop at the Grand Bazaar in Tehran on Feb. 12, 2020.

Prince of Persia

Tehran is cracking down on elite troublemakers—one influencer at a time.

Yeliz Guzel practices her musical instrument, the baglama—a kind of lute, in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Singing for Inclusivity in Turkey

Yeliz Guzel’s pride choir brought LGBTQ Turks together—but left her ostracized.

Paul Rusesabagina (C) is escorted by police officers at the Kicukiro Primary court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept.14, 2020.

When It Comes to Rwanda, Don’t Believe Everything You See in the Movies

Many Rwandans regard the protagonist of a Hollywood film as a terrorist, not a hero.

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Our Top Weekend Reads

Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s journey from the Jim Crow South, why global celebrities are taking on Modi, and what the United States shouldn’t do about Myanmar’s coup.

Activists of the United Hindu Front hold pictures of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and Barbadian singer Rihanna in New Delhi on Feb. 4.

Why Rihanna and Greta Thunberg Are Taking on India’s Modi

Global celebrities are helping Indians to fight their government’s crackdown on dissent.

People walk outside the BBC headquarters in Portland Place, London on July 2, 2020.

The United States Needs a BBC

The Beeb’s influence is rising stateside, revealing a hunger for nonpartisan news. America’s own networks should take note.

The UNESCO logo is seen at the organization’s headquarters in Paris on Oct. 12, 2017.

Biden Should Rejoin UNESCO—but Not Without Getting Something in Return

If it comes back, the United States can push the organization to focus more on initiatives that further the country’s foreign-policy goals.