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Indian activists hold candles and portraits of 20th century Indian social reformer B. R. Ambedkar as they take part in a protest against a Supreme Court order that allegedly diluted the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in Kolkata on April 4, 2018. AFP

Despite political setbacks in India, Dalit voices grow stronger

Anti-caste and Dalit movements have emerged as a voice to count on as India's 2019 legislative elections unfold.
How much is your backpack and the laptop that it contains worth to you? Nicola/Flickr

Lessons from the Moscow airport crash: your luggage or their lives

More than 40 people died in the May 5, 2019 crash, and reports indicate that passengers taking luggage with them may have slowed the evacuation. So what do we need to do to stop such behaviour?
Osteoporosis affects one in three women, but men are also concerned. Shutterstock

Could the solution to osteoporosis be in the bile?

There is no treatment for osteoporosis, which affects millions of people and costs billions of euros every year. What if the solution was in the bile? Explanations.
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?

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