No Messiah Can Solve The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict For Us

-OpEd- TEL AVIV — We know the importance of Messianism in Judaism. The figure of the Messiah is none other than the universally shared incarnation of hope. But while it might have been ...

The Blue Carpet Of Cannes

Right now, with the 70th edition of the annual Film Festival underway, those 24 iconic steps of the Grand Auditorium in Cannes are strictly off-limits to the general public. Just a few days before ...

Switzerland

Sounds Of The City: Why Urban Acoustics Matter

In Switzerland, some local governments are turning to sound specialists to make cityscapes easier on the ears.

Thailand

Three Years After Coup, No End In Sight For Thailand's Military Rule

BANGKOK — Three years ago, on May 22, 2014, members of parliament gathered to find a solution to Thailand’s political crisis. But the politicians were swiftly captured by the army, and sent to ...

China

LGBT In China, Victims Of Brutal "Conversion Therapy" Industry

From shock therapy treatment to nausea pills to fake marriages, Chinese gays, lesbian and transgender are targeted by clinics and family trying to turn them straight.

France

Channel Reversal: Will The Free Market Leave London For Paris?

With Brexit woes dominating the UK and the fresh air of Macron's victory in France, capitalistic economics in Europe may be turned on its head.

Brazil

How Lula's Corruption Case Could Return Him To The Presidency

Even as Brazil's current president Michel Temer is facing corruption allegations, his nemesis and former president Lula was in court last week on bribery charges that he aims to use as a weapon in a possible return to power.

United States

Why Amazon's Runaway Growth Doesn't Sit Well With Seattle

SEATTLE — Strolling through the bustling construction zone of Amazon’s urban campus in Seattle, you instantly recognize the charm offensive the company has aimed at its hometown. "Banistas" at two ...

United States

Hey World, Look Who's Coming To Dinner

-Analysis- Donald Trump is not afraid of flying. Since taking office, he’s made it a habit to board Air Force One for back-and-forth weekend visits to his Mar-a-Lago Florida golf resort. But ...

Argentina

First 'Catcalling Case' Goes To Court In Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES — Lucía Cabrera was as frightened as she was annoyed. The 25-year-old physical education student had dealt with catcalling before. But in this case, the taxi driver hollering comments ...

Israel

The Humble Power Of Interfaith Soccer In Jerusalem's Old City

JERUSALEM — In front of Zion Gate in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem, just a short walk from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, lies a soccer pitch. Standing on the field, nestled beside an ...

Iran

From France To Iran, The People (Mostly) Have Their Say

PARIS — In the final days of the recent French presidential campaign, one confrontation looked like it might turn the tables in favor of underdog Marine Le Pen. Angry workers facing the closing of ...

Russia

Golden Russia

The banks of the Neva River in Saint Petersburg were glistening like gold during this beautiful summer sunset. You can see the extra shine in Saint Isaac's Cathedral, which may be because its dome ...

Bolivia

Hydropower, The Clean Motor Of Latin America's Energy Future

-Analysis- LA PAZ — At it stands now, half of Latin America's power is generated by hydroelectricity, an energy source that is also of vital importance worldwide, producing more electricity ...

Chile

"Grandma" Cristina, Lone Surviving Voice Of Yaghan Language

VILLA UKIKA — Just outside of Puerto Williams, the world's southernmost city, lives an extraordinary woman. This far-flung outpost on Chile's Tierra del Fuego, across the Straight of Magellan, is ...

United States

Trump, Erdogan And The Limits Of Democracy

-Analysis- For the past 36 hours, Washington has been consumed by a pair of scandals that even eternally moderate commentators now say has spread the whiff of possible doom around the Trump ...

Spain

Madrid To Mexico City, Apartment Shopping In Our Airbnb Age

MADRID — As a freelancer without a fixed salary, I'm rather desperate to buy a studio apartment, something to help ground me in these turbulent times and provide at least some measure of financial ...

United States

Trump Or The Truth, Americans May Be Asked To Decide

-OpEd- WASHINGTON — Ten days ago, Donald Trump’s rocky presidency was in relatively calm waters. He’d helped push a health-care bill through the House and was spending the weekend at his ...