world affairs

Austria

Oil Deal Marks New Era For OPEC

Oil prices surged today to $50 per barrel, after OPEC and Russia reached what the oil producing cartel described as “a historic agreement” in Vienna. Under the deal, their output will be reduced by...

Germany

Can Martin Schulz Conquer German Politics?

Syria

Spotlight: The Stakes Of Aleppo

The numbers are impressive, terrifying, bone-chilling. At least 20,000 people have fled their homes in Aleppo this week alone, according to the International Red Cross, as the Syrian army and its a...

Turkey

What Divides Turkey And The EU Goes Deeper Than Politics

-OpEd- ISTANBUL — Over the years, as Turkey's European Union membership process stalled, I have seen plenty of blame on both sides. Ultimately, I never believed Turkey would become a full EU mem...

Cuba

Fidel Castro, Last Of Latin America’s Absolute Monarchs

Not unlike a zealous Christian, Castro learned from Catholicism a dogmatism and opposition to pluralism that he imposed on his island nation for decades.

France

Spotlight: Fillonomics? In France, Free Market V. Far Right

He was the candidate she feared the most. Not only could he unify his own party, but he could siphon crucial votes from her conservative Catholic base. And now that François Fillon won yesterday’s ...

Cuba

Fidel Castro Dead At 90, Cuban Leader Defied U.S. For A Half-Century

HAVANA — Fidel Castro, leader of Cuba's Communist revolution who ruled over the island nation in defiance of the United States for a half-century, died late Friday at the age of 90. Havana announce...

Turkey

Spotlight: Erdogan And EU, A Strongman And Weak Continent

Looking eastward from Western Europe, Turkey used to be seen as both a model of secular democracy in the Muslim world and a huge business opportunity. But longstanding hopes for Turkish entry into ...

Germany

Not The First Time Elites Failed To See History Being Made

Experts do know a lot. But they have a tendency to consider the object of their expertise as immovable.

United States

America And Us, Trump’s Victory Is Very Bad News For The World

With Donald Trump's arrival at the White House, America will enter the fifth phase in its relationship with the rest of the world. Despots have reason to cheer.

Germany

German Front Page: Merkel Morphs Into Kohl

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed her run for a fourth time, Berlin-based daily Die Tageszeitung opted for a notably creepy photo montage.

Iran

Trump And The Ayatollah

With the choice of controversial retired Gen. Michael Flynn to be White House National Security Advisor comes a new flurry of anticipation (and worry) that American foreign policy will be turned on...

Brazil

O Globo: Brazilians Storm Congress Calling For Coup

O Globo, Nov. 17, 2016 "Attacks on the Legislature" was the headline Thursday morning on Brazilian newspaper O Globo after protesters calling for a military coup forced their way into Brazil...

Egypt

How A Trump Presidency Looks In The Middle East

The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States has prompted several reactions, with those who see his political ascension as the beginning of a new phase of political un...

Colombia

Post-Trump Crossroads: Deeper Democracy Or A Slide Toward Fascism?

People should not dismiss the meaning of a spate of shocking electoral results, for the world may be entering a period of democratic decline.

United States

Trump Times, 39 Newspaper Front Pages From Around The World

A German daily goes upside-down, the French see "Psycho," Australians drop a WTF, and more ...

Argentina

What A Trump Or Clinton Victory Would Mean For Markets

While markets have already expressed short-term preferences for the respective U.S. presidential candidates, the long-term impact is harder to gauge.

France

Is Russia's New Cultural Center In Paris Used For Spying?

Since the inauguration of the Orthodox cathedral and the Russian cultural center in the French capital on Oct. 19, questions about the use of the site for more sinister purposes have been raised.

Israel

Jerusalem, Where Archeology Meets Religion And Politics

JERUSALEM — The pounding of the hammer resonates in Jerusalem. "They are in the process of constructing a synagogue," said the Israeli tour guide in front of the tunnel, which a......

Germany

A Dirty Path From Smuggled Cigarettes To Terror Attacks

BERLIN – Organized crime syndicates have long smuggled drugs and cigarettes. Their distribution strategy is so effective that police around the world have a hard time tracing th...

Italy

How To Buy Antiquities Looted By ISIS From An Italian Mobster

In southern Italy, mob clans have entered into an unlikely alliance with the Islamic terror group, exchanging Kalashnikovs for ancient artifacts pillaged in war. One reporter went undercover lookin...