It is a truth universally acknowledged that Holocaust comparisons are almost never appropriate—or, at least, it should be. And yet, presumably in an effort to emphasize dire circumstances, Pope Francis recently referred to European refugee camps as “concentration camps.”
You can’t spell “market” without “arket,” I’d just never thought about that until today. The Business of Fashion exclusively reported on Thursday that multinational Swedish clothing company H&M is launching a new retail brand called “Arket,” I supposed because it is being pitched as a “modern-day market” (but isn’t…
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Members of Parliament in the Netherlands voted overwhelmingly today to pass a ban on face-coverings in some public places, including in schools, hospitals, and on public transportation. Though the ban ostensibly includes any face-covering, the transparent intent is to ban burqas and niqabs. The measure was heavily…
After an eight-month investigation, French authorities have arrested seven people in Strasbourg and Marseille suspected of orchestrating an ISIS-linked terror plot. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for all those planning to fly to Europe for the holidays.
Sometimes people want to hug other people. There is not necessarily anything wrong with this, but in general there is too much hugging in today’s society, and people should really lower their expectations of when and where they are entitled to hugs. I personally do not love to hug but society makes me.
In France, cities continue to outlaw the burkini, a modest full-covering bathing suit worn by some Muslim women. According to the New York Times, five cities, including Cannes, have already banned the burkini and three more are in the process of doing so.
In September 2012, Jacqueline Sauvage shot her husband, Norbert Marot, three times in the back. The couple, who lived in a small town 70 miles outside of Paris, had been married for 47 years and, as Sauvage would claim during her trial, those years were hardly happy. Rather, Sauvage and her children were the victims…
European lawmakers are considering a modification to the European Data Protection Regulation which would ultimately kick a majority of teenage users off of social media. If passed, the regulation would require teens under the age of 16 to get parental consent in order to participate on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and…
This week on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took on the destructive language surrounding the refugee crisis in Europe.
Over the weekend, Icelandic author Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir published an open letter on Facebook appealing to Iceland’s welfare minister, Eygló Harðardóttir, to accommodate more Syrian refugees than the country’s cap of 50. Her original letter reads:
Below me, on the ground, lies a slush of partially digested rehydrated noodles. They look like little wriggly white maggots, moving in the dirt. Either my vision is still blurry from the pain of vomiting, or the fever has finally gotten the best of me, because I swear to god, those suckers are squirming.
In four days (and three nights), I fell in love with Paris. It was my first time in Europe and I happily became a cliché. But it wouldn’t be a real vacation if I didn’t sully it with a trivial predicament: How was I supposed to effectively stunt on Instagram without appearing obnoxious?
I recently did something I’d fantasized about for a long time: I got on a plane and went to London and Paris. It was only for a week, but I immediately wrestled with the pressure of going so far away for so little time—how would we strike the perfect balance of chilling and seeing all the shit we were supposed to?
We snuck into an empty sleeper compartment after downing a few beers in the dining car of a night train. His name was Mike, or maybe it was Matt, and we met a couple of hours earlier on the platform of the Duisburg train station. He had dark brown hair and clear blue eyes, and smelled like sweat and weed — the…
Arizona: You are still alive and happy. We’re dancing to A Tribe Called Quest in your living room. It’s 2001. We’re seniors in college. You are my best friend. I’m too young and naïve to imagine either of us will ever be gone.
After one year of experimental operation, social services in Switzerland are calling the "sex drive-in" in Zürich "a success." They're saying it's allowed for better regulation of prostitution which in turn has made the situation safer for people on both ends of sexual transactions.
An amorous couple were caught on camera having sex on a public fountain in Russia in the middle of the day.
Did a British "Russia expert" just write the steamin-est pile of sexist word barf ever assembled about Ukraine's ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko? Maybe!