opinion / analysis

India

Muslim Women's Rights, A New Favorite Smokescreen Of Strongmen

The authoritarian and religious men leading Saudi Arabia, Iran and India are using women's ri...

France

Fake News And The Thought Police Conundrum

-OpEd- PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron recently announced his determination to take on so-called fake news, false pieces of information that are published in the media to reinforce a ...

United States

The New Forms Of Protectionism Go Well Beyond Trump's Mouth

At first glance, it looks as though leaders of the world’s most powerful countries learned ...

France

Lobsters Feel Pain, Friends Is Sexist — And I Just Can't

-OpEd- Over the past week or so, it’s been hard not to feel disoriented by what is constantly being thrown at us, in this hyperconnected planet of ours, and not to get the feeling from our ...

Tunisia

Tunisia, The Long And Fragile Arc Of Democratic Revolution

The attachment to autocracy prevails over the current appreciation of the state of democracy. Sti...

United States

Home Alone? The Risks If Trump's Top Advisors Resign

-Analysis- WASHINGTON — So Michael Wolff wrote a book about Donald Trump. Perhaps you've heard about it? The internet spent a few days pointing and laughing at the more extraordinary claims ...

Switzerland

You Are A User: How Silicon Valley Turns Your Smartphone Into A Drug

The many ways your iPhone or Android, and their apps, are built to hook you like a drug user. The...

Chile

Mexico Freeze, Is Trump Really About To Kill NAFTA?

The numbers contradict Donald Trump's claims that leaving NAFTA will benefit U.S. business an...

France

Conspiracy Theories Rise And Fall In Era Of Fake News

-Analysis- PARIS — Remember conspiracy theories? There was a time, not so long ago, when we used to worry about how the internet encourages the proliferation of crackpot versions of what ...

Colombia

The Nostalgia Trap: If Only We Just Could Forget

We're drawn to it, tempted to wade in its bittersweet waters. And yet, for the most part, nos...

South Korea

Olympic Peace Dreams, From Ancient Greece To The Korean Peninsula

-Analysis- PARIS — Compete, don’t kill. The idea that peace might be achieved through sporting is an old paradox. Pitting athletes and countries against each other in a non-lethal — and ...

United States

Trump's Big Lie Is Now Clear To All, And It May Not Matter

His false promises to the working class are being exposed. But the paradox of a new expose book i...

Venezuela

Iran To Venezuela, An Ugly Mix Of Oil Wealth And Social Unrest

Donald Trump has become a convenient scapegoat for problems in countries like Venezuela and Iran,...

India

India-Pakistan, A Cricket Metaphor For Nationalism

NEW DELHI — Farooque was a Kashmiri. He hated India. His cousin was killed by security forces at a demonstration in Srinagar. This was 1990. We were classmates, and I always took him head on for ...

France

The Idolatry of Data, A New Totalitarianism

After Fascism and Communism, the 21st century features two new forms of evil ideology: Islamism a...

Iran

Iran Crackdown, A Tricky Diplomatic Test For Trump Team

What can the White House do, beyond public declarations? Loud statements not backed by action is ...

Bolivia

Evo Morales, Economic Success Can Never Justify Autocracy

The legalistic formula the Bolivian leader has found to perpetuate his presidency is despotic and...

Germany

Facebook Limits, When A Sharing American Lands In Germany

-Essay- “Germans are coconuts, Americans peaches...” In the German Studies department at the University of Michigan, this saying bounced around as a shorthand way for us to describe the ...

United States

A Day Of Economic Infamy, Trump And Republicans Undo History

This week's overhaul of the U.S. tax code is a betrayal of a century of progressive reforms, ...

United Kingdom

To Brexit Or Not To Brexit, Is That Still A Question?

The negotiations and the complex, chaotic debates around Brexit are revealing of a major dilemma ...

United States

Trump For Christmas, A Grim Update For My Friends In Europe

Impeachment is coming, and other failed predictions.

France

From Around The World, 8 Real Ways To Fight Fake News

By 2022, disinformation could completely replace real facts online. So what are we supposed to do...