opinion / analysis

Israel

No Messiah Can Solve The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict For Us

-OpEd- TEL AVIV — We know the importance of Messianism in Judaism. The figure of the Messiah is none other than the universally shared incarnation of hope. But while it might have been ...

France

Channel Reversal: Will The Free Market Leave London For Paris?

With Brexit woes dominating the UK and the fresh air of Macron's victory in France, capitalis...

Brazil

How Lula's Corruption Case Could Return Him To The Presidency

Even as Brazil's current president Michel Temer is facing corruption allegations, his nemesis...

United States

Hey World, Look Who's Coming To Dinner

-Analysis- Donald Trump is not afraid of flying. Since taking office, he’s made it a habit to board Air Force One for back-and-forth weekend visits to his Mar-a-Lago Florida golf resort. But ...

France

Macron's Hardest Job: France's Dangerous Class Divide

Nationalism was defeated in Emmanuel Macron's victory. But the debate of the individual vs. c...

Venezuela

Mussolini To Maduro, An Old Recipe For Killing Democracy

The Venezuelan president's calls for a constitutional overhaul suggest a possible first step ...

United States

I Support Trump But Firing FBI Chief Comey Was Wrong

-OpEd- I’m a Donald Trump supporter. I voted for him and — 112 days in — I’d vote for him again. As a former member of Congress, I found his call to “drain the swamp” in Washington particularly ...

United States

Trump Control, From Comey To Korean Peninsula

-Analysis- Having spent his whole life running a family business, Donald Trump is still adjusting to the strategic art of control required to effectively run the White House — and help lead the ...

France

French Elections, A Counterpunch For Liberal Democracy

Emmanuel Macron's victory halts the blind assault against globalization, at least in Europe, ...

France

Macron, The Choice Of Hope And Reason

-OpEd- PARIS — Upon returning from exile in 1870, legendary French author Victor Hugo declared that "the instinct of the people always matches the ideal of civilization." That very instinct ...

France

From My Grand-Mè​re To Macron, For A France Against Fascism

Worldcrunch's Parisian co-founder knows from up close the challenges that France has faced. O...

France

France, A Nation Divided Must Face Its Weakness

-Op-Ed- PARIS — Several decades of weakness and/or blindness have brought France to where it is today. A deeply divided country, where two camps are facing off with an animosity rarely seen in ...

United States

Duterte And Trump, When Tough Talk Leads To Deadly Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump boasted that "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose ...

United Kingdom

Ode To Joy? Not Really. A Meditation On Europe

-OpEd- WASHINGTON — Late last summer, my wife and I took a ferry from Doolin, on the West coast of Ireland, to Inishmore, the smallest of the three Aran Islands. The tiny ferry, with perhaps no ...

Italy

Four Years, 100 Days: The Hard Work Of Popes And Presidents

-Analysis- Buenos Aires, 2013. At the ripe age of 76, Jorge Mario Bergoglio seems destined to wind down an illustrious career in the Catholic hierarchy as the widely respected and mostly ...

Brazil

Why This Century's Autocrats Are More Likely To Succeed

-OpEd- SAO PAULO — One of the biggest lies in modern politics is the belief that freedom is a universally-shared passion. It isn't. Freedom implies a burden of responsibility not everyone is ...

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 ...