‘You need to fill that in, love,’ they told me at the jobcentre. Would my communist work experience count in the UK?
Do some harm
Traditional Chinese medicine is an odd, dangerous mix of sense and nonsense. Can it survive in modern China?
Are coders worth it?
In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect. But is there value in what we do?
Their good life
Governments are now providing free psychotherapy to their citizens. Is there a limit to state-sponsored happiness?
A tweetable feast
We might deplore the practice, but posting pictures of our meals online is a way to bring everyone to the table
Filthy and violent it may be, but life is still precious for the world's street children. Can you look them in the eye?
The Arab Spring began in Tunisia, and now its artists and dancers are keeping the flame of protest alive
On the road
Leaving LA? Forget the scenic route along the coast: hit the Five instead and see what’s on California’s mind
There is no alternative
Governments now answer to business, not voters. Mainstream parties grow ever harder to distinguish. Is democracy dead?
An empty passion for war
Colombia's FARC guerrillas still resist the coming peace. Is it drug money or the romance of revolution that's to blame?
The future of the city
Most of us now live in cities, so it is within the metropolis that our future salvation or death warrant will be drafted
This is humankind
If my grandfather could survive the Siege of Leningrad and still distinguish between a German and a Nazi, so can I
Crowdfunding might catapult promising cancer treatments into clinical trials, but can it make a real difference?
City of Kismet
Dear daughter, born two years after the Arab Spring, what stories can I tell you about the Cairo of your birth?
Losing my voice
When I left Nigeria for Belgium, I made my husband’s home my own. But homesickness lodged like a stone inside
Chinese parents bemoan their children’s laziness and greed, but this generation of young people has had enough
Hidden in plain view
British society is still deeply damaged by class differences. Why won't policy makers act on the evidence?
A reputation for cross-border debauchery, desperate migrants and drug violence. Can the arts save this troubled city?
Sparks will fly
Infatuated by celebrity, stuck in dreary work, addicted to consumerism. Only a creator culture can save us
Return of the oppressed
From the Roman Empire to our own Gilded Age, inequality moves in cycles. The future looks like a rough ride
After decades under a Soviet stranglehold of rote learning, Lithuania’s schools are opening the doors to creativity
Sing the body unelectric
Electricity is a tyranny of buzzing and chirping demands. Here's to wrinkled clothes, typewriters and life off-grid
The mask falls
Hunter gatherers may have very egalitarian societies, but evolution says the human love of status runs deeper
Us and them
From newborns to nation states, we trust similarity. But does that mean we must hate difference?
Persecution and response
Photo essay: Uganda presses on with its anti-homosexuality bill while the LGBT community fights back
End of Byzantium
Besieged by a majority Turkish culture, Istanbul's Ecumenical Patriarch Barthomelew I attempts a cosmopolitan revival
Queen of tides
Once a route to riches and empire, the sea is now lapping at the future of Venice and other great maritime cities
What is peace?
Forget ideals of milk and honey. Peace is found in the grit of everyday life, in a town that takes in troubled strangers
The begging bowl
British universities have a lot to learn about philanthropy – not least how to restrain its academic influence
For a song
At the O+ festival, musicians and artists barter their talents for medical care. A new social contract in action?