opinion / analysis

Turkey

Istanbul's Opposition Mayor And Hopes For Turkish Democracy

For the first time in 25 years, the party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not be running Turkey's biggest city. With his landmark victory in Sunday's election rerun, Ekrem Imamoglu will be ...

Germany

A Quest For 'Personal Freedom' Is No Excuse To Ignore Science

When it comes to human health and the planet's well-being, certain activities are simply untenabl...

Egypt

Morsi's Death: How Cairo Controlled The Narrative

CAIRO — If Egypt's daily newspapers are your only source of news, you might have woken up Tuesday to discover that a citizen by the name of Mohamed Morsi al-Ayat died yesterday during a court ...

United States

Currency And All: The Facebook State Is A Menace To Democracy

Though seductive as pure financial innovation, Facebook's crypto currency project risks a concent...

Italy

Why Some Foreigners Like Italy's Anti-Migrant League Party

Social media dialogue and reader comments on news stories suggest that the far-right's xenophobic...

Colombia

Why Colombia Should Legalize Coca And Leave Cocaine To Others

Coca leaf is part of the traditional fare of Andean people. So it is "absurd" and wasteful for Co...

Colombia

How Ecology Could Be The Engine To Relaunch The Economy

Overproduction has become a blight not just to the planet, but to profitability itself. It's time...

China

Memories Of Tiananmen And A Passing Yugoslav-Chinese Flirt

I was not at Tiananmen those weeks in the spring 1989, when thousands of students occupied the square, demanding more room in a modernizing China. Nor was I there in those horrid hours between the ...

Italy

Nationalism 2.0: The Far Right's Dark Powers Of Storytelling

From France to Poland, the far-right draws people in with plot lines that offer fast and easy ans...

Germany

How Climate Change May Sink Europe's Ruling Political Class

The recent EU election results show that younger voters in particular are sick and tired of slow-...

Chile

Mexico To China, Trump's Tariff Bullying Is Bound To Backfire

President Donald Trump's threat to raise tariffs against Mexico over immigration is political bla...

Argentina

The Feminist Case Against Catcalling Laws

"Nice legs baby!" Argentina has taken steps to make certain kinds of verbal harassment a punishab...

France

What Europe Should Worry About Most: Bad Demographics

Migration was a hot-button topic in last week's EU elections. But deeper demographic issues are s...

Italy

Bicycle Thieves Of Italy, Yesterday and Today

The 1948 neo-realist cinematic masterpiece can be a key to understand Italian society today. With...

Venezuela

Why Colombia Is Key To Venezuela's Democratic Future

There are now 1.2 million Venezuelan migrants in Colombia. How they are treated may help determin...

France

France's Yellow Vests And The Problem With Post-Truth Economics

Opinion shapers have a habit these days of disregarding facts, be they scientific or economic. Op...

Egypt

IPO And Beyond: How Uber Rolled Into Our Lives - A World Tour

Long before Uber's multi-billion-dollar IPO, the ride-hailing app has been shaking the economic and legal foundations of the dozens of countries around the world where it's landed. Not only has it ...

France

Marvel In The Office? How To Work With Captain America

How would you deal with Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, if you were his boss — or colle...

Greece

When They Mistook Me For A Muslim In Greece

A Colombian-American deals with different misconceptions in different parts of the world. Ask him...

Italy

From Berlusconi's TV Optimism To Salvini's Dark Tweets

Once upon a time, Italy embraced its own politically incorrect billionaire-turned-politico. And y...

France

What The 1700s Teach Us About Today's Fake News Epidemic

Just as they were during the information wars of the 18th century, education and critical thinkin...

Argentina

Argentina: Another "Cracked" Democracy?

Unless Argentina finds the right leaders to undertake crucial reforms of the state and public lif...