View From A Batak Backyard

It's sometimes easy to forget that the Batak houses of Indonesia's North Sumatra are not there only for the tourists' viewing pleasure — people actually live in them. All you need to do is take a ...

In Mexico, Making Solidarity Last Beyond The Quake

-OpEd- In his account of the 1985 earthquake, which killed between 6,000 and 30,000 people (there are no precise figures) and destroyed more than 800 buildings in Mexico City, Carlos Monsiváis, ...

Japan Facing World War II Truth Before Last Witnesses Die

A recent series of documentaries unveil untold chapters of ugly Japanese history.


Can A Violinist Stand In The Way Of War With North Korea?

With each passing day, war with North Korea seems to draw closer. Kim Jong Un continues to test his arsenal; Donald Trump issues new threats and nicknames his nemesis “Rocket Man”; Kim responds in ...


The Calais "Jungle" Is Gone, But Migrants Are Back Already

The French coastal city was home to the infamous makeshift village of migrants seeking to cross to the UK. The "Jungle" was dismantled less than a year ago, but immigrants are now back in town.


Merkel And The Far Right, Why Both Are About To Make History

German elections will see the results of a seismic change within the German political landscape, as Merkel's moderate policies have opened space on the right for extremists.


How Smartphones Can Save (Or Sabotage) Your Next Event

-Essay- SANTIAGO — Nowadays, it's virtually impossible to surprise anyone. This is a big challenge, especially in the entertainment industry where you need to make a considerable effort to ...


Extra! Mexico Slammed Again By Major Quake

Milenio Novedades, Sept. 20, 2017 For the second time is as many weeks, "Mexico Shakes," as the front page of the Yucatán daily Milenio Novedades reports, following a 7.1-magnitude ...

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On North Korea, Trump Has Now Gone Full "Madman"

The U.S. president's threat to "totally destroy" a nation is beyond the pale. But is there method to it?


Private Lives And Public Service, An Australian Story

-OpEd- TURIN — Everyone knew that Australian politician Rachel Carling-Jenkins had filed for a divorce, but nobody knew why. She explained it herself, a few days ago, standing up to speak ...


France's Libération: "Aung San Suu Kyi: A Nobel And A Massacre"

Libération, Sept. 19, 2017 Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday broke her silence on the violence in her Buddhist-majority country that has forced hundreds of thousands of minority ...


Lining Up For Lenin

Even a decade after the fall of the Soviet Union, people were lining up in Red Square to get a glimpse of Vladimir Lenin: the Communist leader's embalmed body remains on display inside the ...


The Woman Who Stared Boko Haram In The Eye, And Didn't Flinch

GENEVA — She didn't expect the enthusiasm with which she was honored. When she received the 2017 Sergio Vieira de Mello Award, which is named after the former High Commissioner for Human Rights ...


The Benefits Of Democratizing Big Data

In places like Venezuela, electronic interactions may be a more reliable source of information than the government.


Can A New Wall Shield The Eiffel Tower From Terror?

-Analysis- The blueprints of the Middle Ages are back. Even as metal and glass have long since replaced stone and mortar, there is an unmistakable parallel to be drawn between medieval ...


Palestinian Prisoner Payouts: Humane Or Pure Hypocrisy?

The PLO gives monthly allowances to the families of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails. The Israeli and U.S. governments want the practice to stop.


Why It's Time For A Marshall Plan For Technology

-Analysis- SAO PAULO — The idea of economic planning dominated the imagination of 20th-century economists. Unlike the classical liberal view, the planning concept supports clear government ...


Europe's Sovereignty Crisis, Moving Beyond The Nation-State

There is no contradiction between feeling French (or Catalan, or Berliner) and becoming a European citizen. But it is time for that citizenship to have real civic meaning.

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The Many Dangers Of A Worldwide Nuclear Weapons Ban

WASHINGTON — This month, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will open for signature at the United Nations. Signatories will promise never to "develop, test, produce, manufacture . . ...