The Coral Temptation

My wife Claudine wasn't immune to the charms of the stunning red coral jewelry made by artisans in the northwest part of the Italian island of Sardinia. If memory serves, she bought a bracelet at ...

Syria War Reignites, Proof Of Western Powerlessness

There are times when silence speaks louder than words, and right now — with the new escalation of violence in Syria, where airstrikes in a rebel enclave have killed at least 335 people since the ...

Internet Insomnia, The New Scourge Of Our Nights

LAUSANNE — There are books and newspaper articles, technologies promising relief, even theater productions devoted to the topic. Indeed, it seems like everyone is talking about insomnia these ...

Report: Proof Russians Trying To Influence Italy Elections

Five Russian-linked Twitter accounts are clearly favoring anti-establishment Italian parties Five-Star Movement and Northern League ahead of March 4 national elections.


A Far-Right Vigilante Militia Is Taking Ukraine By Storm

The paramilitary organization Natsionalna Droujina held a recent coming-out rally in Kiev. Some call it political theatrics, others a troubling sign of the times.


Can India And Iran Rekindle Their 1990s-Era Romance?

After a difficult 15 years, relations between New Delhi and Tehran are in need of improvement. The recent visit in India by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was key first step.

South Africa

Cape Town, Bogota, Sao Paulo: When Cities Run Out Of Water

-Analysis- Good news for the people of Cape Town: “Day Zero,” when South Africa’s second most-populated city is expected to run out of water has been pushed back. But it’s only a very temporary ...


A Strategy Of Conquest, What Drives China's New Silk Road

-Analysis- PARIS — It's a plan of titanic proportions, with a budget of close to $1 trillion and transport projects, for both land and sea, on almost every continent. No single fund can ...


Colombia, How War Spreads "Cultural Violence" Into Daily Life

Civil conflict has lasted so long in Colombia that many ordinary people now view gratuitous violence as customary, and in some cases even admirable.

United States

Why I Don't Believe Your Conspiracy Theory

-Essay- NEW YORK — I am of the view that incompetence, random error and sheer complexity explain most of the mistakes and strange events in our world, and that we shouldn’t readily jump to ...


Neither German Norwegian

I speak German, so I'm no stranger to the way some languages will simply slap words together. Stopping at this yurt-looking visitor office on my drive up north through Norway, I eventually ...


The Virtual Paradox Of Generosity In The Digital Age

You just walked past a homeless man on the street, but you may try to help him if you see his story on social media.

Sierra Leone

Watch: OneShot — War Amputees Soccer Players

OneShot — War amputees soccer players, 2002 (©Pep Bonet/NOOR) OneShot is a new digital format to tell the story of a single photograph in an immersive one-minute video. Follow ...


Channeling Jules Verne, A Measure Of Elon Musk's Ambitions

-Analysis- PARIS — He is “a man of about forty-two years of age, of large build, but slightly round-shouldered. His massive head momentarily shook a shock of reddish hair, which resembled a ...


Turkey And Germany, A Relationship Always Worth Watching

German-Turkish relations are a high-stakes affair. Not only does Germany count some three million residents with roots in Turkey, the two countries are strategic to both the global economy and ...


A Virtual Frog Video Game And China's One-Child Mindset

BEIJING — An online game from Japan has become a hopping success in China. Unheard of until recently, Tabikaeru: Travel Frog — developed by the Japanese company Hit-Point — is suddenly all the ...


"Our Time Had Come" - A First-Person Account Of A Syrian Airstrike

As another airstrike rained down in Syria, Fadi Al Dairi knew that those inside Kfr Nobol Hospital, operated by the British NGO "Hand in Hand," would soon be targeted.


Bitcoin, A Logical Return To Finance Of The Middle Ages

-Analysis- PARIS — Michiel Van Aarnhem is a young and elegant advisor to the Dutch finance minister. He's also an award-winning video producer. The educational video Bitcoin, Money of the ...


Kinder Laws Of The Jungle: Understanding Altruism In Animals

LAUSANNE — Is wildlife a world of bullies? We like to imagine the relationships among living beings as a no-holds-barred struggle for survival, a twisted vision of Charles Darwin's theory of ...