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25 Songs You'll Immediately Recognize If You Listened To Alternative Radio In 2003

From garage rock to emo, these were the anthems you were rocking out to 15 years ago.

Indie Music

French racism, anxiety and love for postcolonialism

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie's comments at the Night of Ideas reveal France's deep intellectual anxiety.<p>At this year's Paris edition of Nuit des idees (the Night of Ideas), Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie made two remarks that caused a stir. The more widely publicised one was her …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

India has a new caste for native English speakers only

Sometime around 2012 or 2013, my daughters stopped speaking in Konkani, our mother tongue. It isn’t entirely clear what provoked it, perhaps it was a teacher at their Mumbai school encouraging students to speak more English at home. Or perhaps it was something else. It doesn’t matter.<p>What did …

India

Forced Marriages Are Driving Women to Murder in Pakistan and India

"I repeatedly asked my parents not to marry me against my will as my religion, Islam, also allows me to choose the man of my choice for marriage but my parents rejected all of my pleas and they married me to a relative," 21-year-old Aasia Bibi told the Associated Press, after she was forced into a …

Here Are Rotten Tomatoes' Best Reviewed Movies of 2017

If you’re looking to close out 2017 by watching the best reviewed movies released this year, Rotten Tomatoes has more than 100 options to choose from.<p>…

50 Of The Best Things On Amazon Prime People Are Most Adding to Wish Lists

Ah, Amazon Prime. What did we ever do without it? Is there anything better than free shipping, two-day delivery, and the ability to shop for …

Shopping

The world's greatest cities through history

101 books about where and how we live

Recommended reading from urban experts and Curbed contributors<p>Perhaps more than at any other time in American history, where we live determines much about what we know. As people who write about cities, we realized this presented a remarkable opportunity. We wanted to find examples of how reading …

24 books Wall Streeters think everyone should read

Financial-services professionals are known to have demanding work schedules, but that doesn't mean they aren't setting aside time to crack open a few books.<p>We recently reached out to our contacts on Wall Street to find out what folks would recommend as must-reads just ahead of the holiday …

Books

If Charles Martel Were Alive Today

<b>Sunday was the 1,276-year anniversary</b> of the death of Charles, King of the Franks. Charles, who won the decisive victory at the Battle of Tours …

France

The Effects of the French Revolution on France and Europe

There is no doubt that the French Revolution changed France enormously in the short term. But the extent to which it changed France in the long term, …

The Real Reason Saudi Arabia Is Letting Women Drive

It’s not just about women’s rights.<p>Earlier this year, Hatoon Al-Fassi, a Saudi academic who teaches at Qatar University, told CityLab that for over a quarter of a century, Saudi women activists fighting for the right to drive had heard the occasional rumor that they would be granted licenses. …

23 Brilliant Books That Are Short Enough To Read In A Weekend

Get ready to make some room on your bookshelf.<p><i>We hope you love these book reccomendations! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i><p><i>Note: submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

13 Places in Paris You Need to See Before They Get Too Expensive

Paris

France Is Considering Making Catcalling Illegal

The country is cracking down on street harassment in a bid to end macho culture<p>Want to show people you're a jerk real quick? Yell an unwanted sexual comment at a woman on the street and see what happens. But nasty glares and a plummet in respectability is often not enough of a deterrent for some …

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Six hundred years in the history of trousers.<p>Go to a meeting with any male politician today and you’re almost certainly going to be standing in front …

Les Anglo-Saxons

Not just American or British, the Anglo-Saxon is a mirror to Frenchness: the country’s alter-ego and most feared enemy<i>By Emile Chabal</i>Read at Aeon

United Kingdom

Aryans And Dravidians: An Invention Of Racist Nineteenth Century Scholars

Snapshot<p>It is ironic that racist European scholars invented history to claim Sanskrit and created two fake races called Aryans and Dravidians as part …

How the British convinced Hindus that Muslims were despots and religious invaders

The East India Company wanted to be seen as a rectifier of the historical harm inflicted by the Muslims.<p>It is a fact not so easily known, thus rarely …

World History

Opera Star Kiri Te Kanawa Has Retired

One of the world's best-known opera stars, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has announced that she will never sing in public again — bringing a long, storied career to a close.<p>During a career that lasted nearly 50 years, the 73-year-old lyric soprano from New Zealand, who is of both European and Maori …

The Arts

Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries, has taken in more than half a million Rohingya refugees

Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest nations, has seen a massive influx of Rohingya people fleeing brutal violence in Myanmar in the last two weeks: some 370,000 people, according to UN estimates.<p>The situation of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority targeted in a military crackdown that has included …

North Africa

Why do Sikhs wear turbans? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Nobody knows the precise origins of the turban, although there are references to it dating back almost 4,000 years from Mesopotamia and ancient India. …

5 Suspense Novels to Read As Summer Turns into Fall

The end of summer and beginning of fall is the time for sunshine and suspense, and there are still a few weeks to get your fix of both. If you’re looking for the ultimate suspense TBR (to be read) pile, here’s a stack of five new books to add to your thriller-loving life ASAP.<p><b>1. A Game of Ghosts by</b> …

Books

50 Iconic Buildings Around the World You Need to See Before You Die

From the Taj Mahal to Fallingwater, how many of these have you seen?<p>Perhaps one of the greatest joys of traveling is drinking in the local culture. Its essence is all around: reflected in the food, the textiles, the dialects, and of course, the architecture. Each destination's local flair infuses …

Where to Find the Best Collections of Regional Dialects and Local Accents

If you’re trying to learn an accent for an acting role, understand an ESL speaker, or just hear some funny British accents, the Internet has a vast …

What to Say When an Interviewer Wants You to Talk About Yourself

Job interviews are notoriously stressful. While you can’t really prep for every single question an interviewer is going to hit you with, there are a …

9 high-impact books that will make you smarter every day

Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. The pursuit of knowledge is easier than it has ever been before.<p>Cultivating the mind is essential for your personal growth. Digging deeper will separate you from the …

Self-improvement

What people mean when they say all white people are racist

As you may have heard, L’Oréal hired a black transgender model to be the face of its diversity campaign. Then the cosmetics giant fired her—for delving into the messy politics of racism.<p>Munroe Bergdorf, the brand’s first transgender model, wrote a Facebook post in response to the white supremacist …

L'Oréal

Amazon Says These Are the 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Hidden away in the books department on Amazon.com, shoppers can find a list of 100 great reads everyone should read in their lifetime, recommended by …

Books

The Compelling Memoirs You Have To Read

Some call it navel-gazing. We call it too good to put down.<p>As much as we adore fiction, a good memoir really has a huge emotional impact on the …