Mike Pence Is Dull And Conservative And He's Still Our Best Hope

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Donald Trump's presidency has produced a proliferation of Eeyores. It's not their (our) fault. However dismal one's view of current American politics, Trump is sure to expose ...

Finding Humor In A Harrowing Escape From North Korea

Choi fled to freedom in South Korea, where he has managed to turn his frightening experiences into a laugh-out-loud online comic strip.


Universal Stakes, Who Owns The Rights For Space Exploitation

Tiny Luxembourg is taking a leading role in devising the laws necessary to regulate the business of space exploration.


World Front Pages Show "Barcelona In Shock" After Terror Attack

A van rammed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas, a tourist hotspot in Barcelona, killing at least 13 and injuring scores of others on Thursday evening. The attack, which was claimed by terror ...


In Malawi, The Horrors Of A Sexual Initiation Camp For Young Girls

MULANJE — With her sweet smile and schoolgirl backpack, Awa Kandaya, 20, seems to be the picture of innocence. But it's just a facade. Her virginity was taken away from her at the age of nine when ...


Postcard From The Ganges

Oh, to watch the sun setting over the Ganges and the ghats of Varanasi ...

United States

After Charlottesville, Confederate Statues Ousted Under Cover Of Darkness

WASHINGTON, D.C. — City officials across the country are nervously trying to figure out how to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville as alt-right leaders and white nationalist groups vow to ...


Letter To The Pope: Why You Shouldn't Visit Colombia

-OpEd- BOGOTÁ — Father Jorge, dear Pope Francis, less than a month remains before your visit to Colombia. Before Sept. 6, you still have time to make your excuses and cancel. Believe me, you ...

United States

What Happens To Malls After Retail Shuts Shop?

DETROIT — Outside Detroit, plans have been in the works for two years to transform the outdated Lakeside Mall into an open-air center with green space and a waterway. With the property in ...


China's Flexibility To IMF Rules, Different Meanings Of Debt

PARIS — What if the very different Chinese approach on debt held the key to a solution for the crisis of public finances in the West. In Europe and North America, the notion of a contract holds a ...


Philippines To Indonesia, Wahhabism Is Spreading In Asia

-Analysis- PARIS — The Islamic State (ISIS) is like the Hydra, the multi-headed monster of mythology that Hercules alone was able to slay. Whenever he managed to cut off one its heads, two new ...


Trump Or Trudeau, Deconstructing A False Choice

OTTAWA — One has brown hair, the other orange. One is effortlessly bilingual, the other horrifies editors of the Oxford English Dictionary. One openly calls himself a feminist, the other grabs ...


In Rio's Favelas, Schools Caught In Crossfire

RIO DE JANEIRO — "Stray bullets invading Rio's schools." "Under threat, schools are closing." "Students injured in shooting." These were titles of articles published by Folha de S. Paulo, ...


On Coups And Croissants, Why The News Is All About Me

What kind of a world do we live in, when Turkey can't even give us a proper coup anymore? Unable to sleep for the summer heat in Valencia, I remember that twisted thought coming to me as the ...

Central African Republic

One Young Woman's Fight For Surgery Access For 143 Million

MUNICH — "To be above it all" has become Magdalena Gründl’s purpose in life. By this, she doesn't mean to sound egotistical. The-25 year-old research assistant working at Harvard wants to ...


Tom Of Finland, Double Life Of The Gay Icon Who Changed A Nation

His erotic drawings of virile men captured the homosexual zeitgeist. But in his country, where it was illegal to be gay, the artist had to remain undercover. A revival is now spreading around Finland, and helping to change attitudes.

United States

War Game, Nightmare Scenarios Of A U.S.-North Korea Conflict

-Analysis- WASHINGTON, D.C. — A military confrontation with North Korea may now be “inevitable,” says Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) The United States is “done talking” about North Korea, ...


WiFi-Free In Old Havana, A Perfect Post-Modern Getaway

It's taken a few days to accept, but Cuba's less-than-ideal WiFi situation may be a blessing in disguise for one Argentine visitor.