world affairs

Mexico

How Mexico’s Jalisco Drug Cartel Is Muscling Into U.S. Cities

MEXICO CITY — The Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG, has long controlled the drug trade in nine states in Mexico’s south and west. But in recent months, the cartel has edged out Mexican and ...

Democratic Republic of Congo

Can The Catholic Church Prevent A New Congolese Civil War?

It seems only the Church has managed to curb the ambitions of recent Congolese rulers Mobutu and ...

United States

Obama’s Shadow, White House Photographer Pete Souza Looks Back

Pete Souza has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Life and National Geographic. He's covered the war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks and the beginning of Barack Obama's Senate career. He's been ...

Myanmar

Rohingya And The Risks Of Radicalization

-Analysis- Looking at some of the world’s intractable problems today, we often wish that governments had done things differently in the past. In the future, we may be looking back with similar ...

Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, Fighting To End Slavery Of Virgin Girls

"Baad" is a tribal tradition through which a woman is offered as compensation if her relative com...

Iran

Death Of Rafsanjani: The Meaning Of "Reform" In Iran

TEHRAN — When a major political leader dies, the labels and comparisons acquired over a lifetime can tell us much about both the leader and the nation itself. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a veteran ...

Germany

In Germany: Trying To Keep Up With The Next Terrorist Who Might Strike

BERLIN — One recent underreported case of a 24-year-old Afghan in Germany is a perfect example of how hard it is for security authorities to track potentially dangerous Islamists. The suspected ...

North Korea

Spotlight: Happy Birthday Kim Jong-Un!?

Kim Jong-un will be celebrating his 33rd birthday this Sunday. Wishes and presents are usually in order on this type of occasion, but it's difficult to see any desire the North Korean dictator ...

Syria

My Kids, Koran And Badminton Racket, Baggage Of A Syrian Refugee

This is part of a Syria Deeply series “Bags and Belongings,” in which we ask refugees what they packed in their bags and what they left behind. Here we meet Mustafa Awad, a Syrian badminton coach ...

France

Ochlocracy, The Ancient Greek Concept That Explains Our World Today

-Essay- PARIS — Changes, disruptions, earthquakes ... We no longer know what word best describes the political events unfolding before our eyes. After former French president Nicolas Sarkozy ...

Egypt

Why Attacks On Christians In Egypt Are Likely To Continue

-Analysis- CAIRO — It’s delusional to believe that simply announcing the names of the perpetrators of the St. Peter and St. Paul Church attack, or that they've been sentenced, will prevent a ...

Turkey

A Sacred Right To Celebrate? 7 Questions After Istanbul New Year’s Attack

ISTANBUL — The New Year's Eve terrorist attack at a popular nightclub in an upscale neighborhood of Istanbul has left 39 dead and dozens wounded. As Turkish authorities continue their search for ...

France

10 Most Popular Worldcrunch Articles Of 2016

1. My Yacht, My Shell Company: Cheating, Divorce And Panama Papers GERMANY — Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 8 2. Living In Space, Russia Probes 55 Years After Yuri Gagarin RUSSIA — ...

United States

Staff Favorites: Our 16 Best Stories Of 2016

PARIS — Our crack staff of serious but seriously subjective journalists, translators and editors have chosen what we believe to be the year's most engaging and provocative Worldcrunch ...

Turkey

The End Of Turkey’s Ottoman Dreams

Ceding to Russia's influence in Syria is a “rare public humiliation," for Erdogan and h...

United States

Goodbye 2016: A Zapping Video Year In Review

Goodbye 2016: A Zapping Video Year In Review by ...

Egypt

Typeface Designers "Reinvent The Wheel" To Create Arabic Fonts

CAIRO — There are 28 letters in the Arabic alphabet. There are four possible written forms for each letter, depending on whether it stands alone, or comes at the beginning, middle or end of a ...

El Salvador

Spotlight: El Salvador, A Christmas Plea For Peace

Make it stop! That’s the message delivered this week by an organization of Protestant churches in El Salvador, Central America’s smallest but deadliest country. The group, known as the Pastoral ...

Germany

Spotlight: Ankara To Berlin, Deadly Connections

Another week that will be stained in blood. For people in the West and throughout the (non-Orthodox) Christian world, this happens to be the week before the Christmas holiday, which leads us ...

Germany

Berlin Christmas Market Attack On Front Page In Germany

Der Tagesspiegel, Dec. 20, 2016 "Fear of terrorism in Berlin," read the front page of Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel on Tuesday, a day after a seven-ton truck plowed into a Christmas ...

Russia

Trump, A "Pragmatist" In Russian Eyes

WORLDCRUNCH NOTE TO READERS: This article was originally published in Kommersant on Nov. 10, two days after Donald Trump's election win. Since then, there have been reports that Russian computer ...

Ukraine

In War-Torn Donbass, Ukrainians Of Polish Origin Beg Warsaw For Help

WARSAW — More than 60 Ukrainians of Polish descent in the breakaway region of Donbass have asked Poland if they could be evacuated there, a request Warsaw has refused. Instead, it offered a modest ...