opinion / analysis

France

Father Hamel, A Sole French Terror Victim Worth Remembering

-Analysis- PARIS — The nation of France has become a new sort of Ground Zero for Islamic terrorism's attack on the West. Over the past 30 months, images have spread around the world of both ...

Argentina

Mindfulness Meets Maria, A Modern Blend Of Buddhism And Christianity

Like many in Argentina, psychiatrist Martín Reynoso was raised Catholic. But as time went ...

Germany

How To Fake Drinking To Hide Your Pregnancy

When a woman doesn’t drink, we all suspect her of being pregnant. But what happens when tha...

Democratic Republic of Congo

Of Lions And Plastic, Strongmen And Mother Nature

Throughout history, nature has had to bear the consequences of human delusions of grandeur. Among the various and extravagant ways men devised to display their power, wild animals have paid a ...

Venezuela

Not A Game: Erdogan, Maduro, Trump And The Thirst For Power

The new season of Game of Thrones, which premiered Sunday, will surely be filled with all manner of sabotage, conspiracy, and politicking. The fictional world of author George R. R. Martin is ...

Iraq

Mosul, A New Textbook Case For Urban Warfare

-Analysis- To win back Mosul, the Iraqi armed forces paid with their blood. But the difficult victory — obtained with the help of the international coalition — also marks a rebirth. Against all ...

United States

The Enduring Relevance Of Henry David Thoreau

-Essay- Does anyone even read Henry David Thoreau anymore? Today, July 12, marks the 200th anniversary of the American poet and philosopher's birth. And much is being said and written about ...

Russia

Why Putin Meeting Was The Perfect Case Of Know-Nothing Trump

The declaration that he'd work with the Russian president on a joint cyber security unit show...

Germany

G20 To Gaza, Conflicts Among And Within Nations

-Analysis- On Sunday, the G20 summit concluded in Hamburg with a lot of hoopla but scant results. Seen by many as an opportunity for Donald Trump to advance his international agenda, the ...

Brazil

The G20, Trump And A World In Search Of A New Leader

-Analysis- SAO PAULO — The G20, the club gathering the world's biggest economies, is the offspring of two crises. First, the 1997 Asian financial crisis led to the creation of the group in ...

Japan

Why Women Are Never Really Free To Ride The Subway

PARIS — If you're a woman living in a city, this has probably happened to you. You're by yourself on a bus or a subway. Maybe you're wearing heels and a dress, or just your boyfriend's dirty old ...

France

Why Won't France Call An Anti-Semitic Murder By Its Name?

-OpEd- PARIS — It's taken years for acts of violence carried out against French Jews to be recognized not as ordinary crime, but as the violent expression of a new form of anti-Semitism. By ...

United Kingdom

Modern Progressivism, The Making Of A New Inquisition

-OpEd- Can you be a Christian and a politician? I'm not talking about a fundamentalist who would seek to apply Biblical precepts across all of society. I'm talking about a "moderate" Christian, ...

United States

How To Really Hurt Google, Europe-Style

-Analysis- PARIS — There are always worse things in life than money troubles. The record $2.7-billion fine that the European Commission slapped on Google for breaching competition rules is a ...

Brazil

The Swamp Of Brazilian Politics

Watching from abroad as Brazil's anti-corruption probe rumbles into its fourth year, you can't help but think: "Well, I guess they're all corrupt...” “How could it get any worse?" No doubt, many ...

Argentina

Why Hasn't The Pope Visited His Native Argentina?

Francis has traveled the world and proven himself to be an able messenger of peace. But so far, h...

United Kingdom

Off The British Charts, One Year After Brexit

PARIS — Donald Tusk had a dream: The United Kingdom was staying in the European Union — For him, this vision isn't just a pure imaginary digression. The European Council president even appealed to ...

United States

Changes At The Top, From Uber To Riyadh

Image is valuable currency in our modern world. It can make or break a brand, or a career. Entire nations, meanwhile, also have to consider how they are seen — at home and abroad. We also know ...

Syria

In Syria, The Next War Has Already Begun

Russia, Iran and U.S. are all looking beyond the defeat of ISIS in Syria. But the little game the...

Germany

A Modern Tale Of Anti-Semitism In A Berlin School

Paul is 14 years old. For months, he was assaulted and bullied by his classmates, and finally had...

United States

The Tide Of History, From Mar A Lago To Havana

What does Donald Trump see when he looks out toward Cuba? Havana, after all, is just a few hundred miles south of the U.S. President’s own coastal getaway at Mar a Lago, Florida. In Trump’s eyes, ...

Tunisia

Ramadan Crackdown: Islam Weighs On Post-Revolution Tunisia

The pro-democracy Jasmine Revolution of 2011 has been followed by more, not less, religious polic...