opinion / analysis

Syria

Why Syrian Refugees Are Giving Up On Europe

The route from Turkey to Greece was once crowded with Syrian asylum seekers fleeing to Europe. Bu...

France

As Trump Withdraws, Macron And Putin Step Into The Void

-Analysis- Donald Trump won’t be in Paris on Tuesday. Following his decision to unilaterally withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron didn’t ...

Israel

Jerusalem And The Politics Of Distraction

On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Brussels, the de facto capital of the European Union, to discuss his own country’s de facto seat of power, Jerusalem. His visit to the ...

United States

Trump, Jerusalem And The End Of American Diplomacy

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital is the surest sign that President Trump wants to di...

United States

Donald Trump And Jerusalem: It's Complicated

Is the American in good faith? Why now? What's next? Questions pile up in the wake of a decis...

Argentina

A Cruel History Lesson In Argentina's Vanishing Submarine

The recent disappearance of a navy submarine reveals some persistent traits from Argentina's ...

South Africa

O Mandela, Where Art Thou?

-Analysis- Exactly four years have passed since Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon, died at the age of 95. Over the course of his remarkable life, the South African became the embodiment ...

France

Zero-Everything! That Modern Illusion Of Life Without Risk

-Essay- PARIS — Growing crops without the herbicide glyphosate is probably a good thing. Or maybe not. I admit that I have no idea. I’m no doctor, no farmer, nor do I possess any technical ...

United States

Trump's Frightening Belief That He Can Act With Impunity

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump this week disseminated on social media three inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos, took glee in the firing of a news anchor for sexual harassment ...

Myanmar

From Myanmar To Sinai, Dangers Of A Single Word

Rohingya. Outside of Myanmar, it’s a simple word, though not necessarily easy to pronounce. Largely unknown until recently, its utterance now unmistakably evokes persecution, humanitarian tragedy, ...

Colombia

LGBT Progress In Colombia? One Step Forward, Two Bigots Back

Businesses in Colombia have been invited to display gay-friendly signs as a traditionalist societ...

United States

Black Friday Backlash From The Rest Of The World

Droves of customers stampeding through large department stores on Black Friday was once a uniquely American phenomena. But the traditional day-after Thanksgiving shopping sale event has recently ...

Lebanon

Lebanon, Why The Crisis Is Only Just Beginning

-Analysis- BEIRUT — Since its independence in 1943, Lebanon has been exposed to the vicissitudes of the Middle East’s complicated geopolitics, from the creation of Israel, which led to a ...

Germany

Indigenous People, Forgotten Soldiers In Climate Change War

A key message at this week's COP 23 climate conference: the fight against global warming requ...

Spain

How Globalization Fuels Separatist Movements

-Analysis- PARIS — The Catalan flag fluttered alongside the European flag and its 12 stars on Oct. 27, when Catalonia declared its independence from Spain. But Jean-Claude Juncker, the ...

Zimbabwe

From Aung to Zimbabwe, Foreign Pressure Goes Only So Far

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s three decades in power may finally be over. Gunfire broke out late Tuesday in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare as military panzers moved in to prevent ...

Italy

An Italian Soccer Metaphor For Europe's Troubles

-Essay- This was not how he wanted to say goodbye. Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon’s tears were featured Tuesday on the front pages of Italian newspapers, and not just the all-sports publications. At ...

Lebanon

Lebanon, Palace Intrigue And Risks Of The Next Proxy War

-Analysis- Lebanon can be seen as a microcosm for the entire Middle East: intractable sectarian conflict, economic potential, terrorist threats and a labyrinthine web of competing national ...

Spain

Catalonia Like Quebec? Spain Should Be As Cool As Canada

PARIS — What is France to do, as neighbors, and we Europeans, as fellow citizens, faced with the declaration of independence of Catalonia? It undermines a large European democracy on our border, ...

France

Old Europe's Far-Right Resurgence Isn't Over Yet

-Analysis- PARIS — A wave of popular revolt against the establishment, globalization and immigration is washing over the West. And as the recent election results in Germany, Austria and the ...

France

In Weinstein Aftermath, New Death Threats For Charlie Hebdo

-Analysis- Charlie Hebdo is facing another existential moment — and Harvey Weinstein is partly responsible. The surviving members of the French satirical weekly might appreciate the twisted ...

United States

Paradise Papers To Texas Shooting, In The Face Of Futility

-Analysis- The headlines echo of the not-so-distant past this morning. Yesterday, media outlets around the globe began to report on the Paradise Papers, a massive leak of documents detailing ...