opinion / analysis

France

From Anne Frank To Le Pen, What's In A Name?

-Analysis- Today Donald Trump will deliver a speech at the Holocaust Memorial Museum for the National Day of Remembrance. Safe to say, there will be prepared remarks, which neither Trump nor ...

Peru

A Vicious Cycle of Poverty, Violence And Natural Disasters

-Analysis- LIMA — Peruvian historian Javier Puente's latest research includes some very interesting maps. The first (and most extensive) covers the area affected by drought as a result of the ...

France

French Election: A Nation Of Reason Sliding Into Political Extremism

Four candidates, including one from the extreme left and one for extreme right, are in a virtual ...

France

Paris Attack, French Elections, Heads And Hearts

-Analysis- PARIS — Warnings about an imminent terrorist attack had hung ominously in the air in the final weeks of the French presidential election. On Tuesday, police arrested two suspects in ...

Iran

Iran And Trump And The Art Of The Empty Threat

-Analysis- Fox News opted for the verb “slam” to describe the first significant comments about Iran from new U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "Tillerson slams Iran nuclear deal as 'failed ...

Turkey

Why Half Of Turkey Will Never Accept The Referendum Result

-OpEd- ISTANBUL — The April 16 referendum result that gave Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers can be summed up in a single sentence: he won on paper but lost the political ...

France

Caracas To London To Ankara, Expressions Of Democracy

-Analysis- Democracy has never been an easy thing. That most British of statesmen Winston Churchill famously called it “the worst form of government, except for all the others.” In its ideal ...

Germany

Syria And The Contagion Of Despotism Across The World

-OpEd- BERLIN — The theater of war that is Syria has brought us scenes of a world devoid of rules: children killed by poisonous gas, the bodies of prisoners who were tortured or burned alive ...

United States

What Trump Talks About When He Talks About War

-OpEd- When U.S. President Donald Trump recounted last week’s bombing of Syria to a Fox News journalist, the first direct U.S. assault on the regime of the war-torn country, he shared an ...

Egypt

When The West Lets Christianity Die In Its Cradle

The deadly Palm Sunday attacks in Egypt are just the latest example of a steady effort to remove ...

United States

Sicily, United, Spicer: Public Relations Gone Bad

-Analysis- PR disasters can happen anywhere to anyone. While United Airlines is (not) doing its best to recover from the instantly infamous “re-accommodating” of a bumped passenger on an ...

Colombia

Rivers Have A Memory, Lessons From The Landslide Of Mocoa

A deadly flash flood and landslide in southern Colombia is a brutal reminder that people can'...

Australia

Spreading Uranium And Radioactive Relations

-Analysis- "The DPRK [North Korea] is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S." Coming in response to the U.S. deployment of a navy battle group to the Korean Peninsula, this ...

Argentina

Brexit And The Falklands: Isolated UK Is Opportunity For Argentina

Brexit could isolate Britain in its dispute with Argentina over the Falklands, though leaders in ...

United States

Trump TV Changes Channels On Syria

We all know Donald Trump is sensitive to what he sees on TV. But rather than displaying thin skin about comedy sketches aimed at him, the American president has now joined the wider world in ...

China

China Is In Driver's Seat When It Comes To Powering Electric Cars

-Op-Ed- LAUSANNE — While plenty of attention has been paid to Donald Trump's "America First" pledge — as troublesome or laughable as it may seem — relatively little is being said about another ...

China

The Dalai Lama's Overcast Trip

-Analysis- A planned visit by the Dalai Lama, a Tibetan spiritual leader, to a remote corner of northeast India could just have escalated tensions between nuclear-armed neighbors India and ...

Syria

Sectarian Cleansing In Syria: More Than Meets The Eye

As the war in Syria enters its seventh year, the widespread displacement of Syria’s majorit...

Spain

When Brexit Hits An Anglo-Iranian Living In Spain

-Essay- VALENCIA — As a British national living in Spain, it is strange to (still) be an EU citizen and yet start to feel unwelcome in this "European home." All this thanks to Brexit, that ...

Colombia

All This Has Been Written Before, Literature As Oracle

We have already been revealed, both our leaders and ourselves, by writers of the past.

Brazil

No Sex Please, We’re Brazilian: On PlayStation And Demographics

Maybe the West's low birth rate arrived when sex was defeated by boredom? One writer's of...

France

Let Them Speak French! Why I Believe In The "Molière Clause"

-OpEd- PARIS — A lot is being said and written about the "Molière clause," first introduced by Vincent You, an elected representative in the western French city of Angoulême, and which mandates ...