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The doner kebab, a typical “German” meal? Jason M Ramos

The doner kebab, an unlikely symbol of European identity

While thought of as an unpretentious fast-food dish, the doner kebab is a symbol of the social, political and identity issues facing European society today.
Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, salami, olive oil… Italian food is at the heart of intense diplomatic lobbying. Shutterstock

Front-of-pack nutrition labels: ‘The parmesan and prosciutto war’

To defend traditional Italian products such as meats and cheeses – delicious, but often high in fat and salt – the country's government has launched an intense lobbying campaign to fight nutrition labels.
An Indian child wears a mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a campaign rally on April 7, 2019. India is entering its latest round of polling on May 6. Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Debate: Why the Indian elections are more about Narendra Modi than anything else

India’s elections are not about policy issues. Instead, they have zeroed in on the leadership of Narendra Modi and, through him, the legitimacy of Hinduness as India’s new dominant ideology.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) waves from the stage during a traders national convention in New Delhi on April 19, 2019. Money SHARMA / AFP

India: a businessman’s dream, a citizen’s nightmare

As the rich get richer in India, many voters seem willing to overlook their everyday struggles, hoping that the trickle-down effect of a "business friendly" government will help the overall economy.
Antoine Arnault (second from left), son of Bernard Arnault and member of the LVMH board of directors, visited the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral the day after the fire. Christophe Petit Tesson/AFP

The profane and the sacred: why luxury firms rushed to support Notre-Dame

The biggest names in France’s luxury industry have given millions of euros to help rebuild Notre Dame. Questioning why they would do so overlooks the deep historical and religious roots of the industry.
Soldiers stand guard near coffins containing the bodies of victims of an explosion that took place inside a catholic cathedral, in southern island of Mindanao on January 28, 2019. NICKEE BUTLANGAN / AFP

Why is peace failing in the Philippines?

After a civil conflict, within five years the majority of modern peace agreements fail. What is causing these negotiated settlements to fall apart?
Héloïse Chochois, "Embedded with Physicists” “Physics Reimagined” coll.

Seven common myths about quantum physics

Quantum physics and its mysteries… And what if this supposedly incomprehensible science weren’t so difficult for non-scientists to understand?
Fresco depicting the healer María Sabina with her mushrooms. DR

Discovering hallucinogenic mushrooms in Mexico

Before being qualified as "magic", certain mushrooms were considered sacred by the ancient peoples of Mexico. We explore their history and relationship to Mesoamerican religion and medicine.
Graffiti probably Banksy, denouncing the conditions in which prisoners have been detained in Guantanamo. Photo Eadmundo

The lesson of ‘The White Ribbon’ for today: How tolerant societies can drift into hatred

Michael Haneke's allegorical 2009 film showed how a peaceful society can be shattered within a single generation. It's a lesson for us now in a world drifting toward populism and violence.
A supporter of Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro shouts at journalists gathered in front of the Brazilian National Conference of Bishops in Brasilia, where the presidential candidate for the Workers’ Party (PT), Fernando Haddad, is holding a meeting with Catholic leaders, on October 11, 2018. Evaristo SA/AF

How real journalism can thrive in the fake-news era: Lessons from Brazil

In a context of defiance against media, how can journalists recover the public's trust and their image of "truth tellers"? Brazil provides a few examples.
Children from a Roma community play in a camp that was attacked on March 2, 2019, in Bobigny, near Paris. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Why are Roma people being attacked in France?

Since March 2019, 25 attacks against Roma people have taken place, especially after false rumours of child abductions. Why do such negative stereotypes spread and what social mechanisms do they trigger?

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