Culture

Tough as Leather

By / February 2016

For nearly fifty years, Nedim Kurban has been crafting leather in Istanbul’s Kadikoy neighborhood.

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Spreading the Love

By / January 2016

In Sweden, they add tubed caviar. In the Netherlands, butter and sprinkles. In Germany, it’s raw pork and onions. Tara Thomas runs down seven bizarre things that Europeans spread on bread.

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To Find a House, To Make a Home

By / December 2015

In Djibouti, writes Rachel Pieh Jones, the work of dilals, or house finders, is unheralded yet profound: “Home becomes our place of melding the old and new, familiar and foreign, into the shape of our own liking.”

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The Rug Men of Casablanca

By / December 2015

At a Moroccan bazaar, carpet salesmen worry about the future of their trade: a�?When my son was small,” says Muhammed Lgraoui, “he came to work with me. Not anymore. I dona��t know what will happen to my shop when I die.a�?

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In Xinjiang, a Battle Over Bread

By / December 2015

“Fears of encroachment by Han Chinese in Xinjiang,” writes Ruth Ingram, “have produced a conflict of interests where food is a key battleground.”

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The Tower Builders of Catalonia

By / November 2015

In Valls, a small town west of Barcelona, people have been standing on each other’s shoulders for centuries.

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