opinion / analysis

Spain

How Globalization Fuels Separatist Movements

-Analysis- PARIS — The Catalan flag fluttered alongside the European flag and its 12 stars on Oct. 27, when Catalonia declared its independence from Spain. But Jean-Claude Juncker, the ...

Zimbabwe

From Aung to Zimbabwe, Foreign Pressure Goes Only So Far

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s three decades in power may finally be over. Gunfire broke out late Tuesday in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare as military panzers moved in to prevent ...

United States

When Trump Went To China, "America First" Blindness v. Visionary Xi

Xi Jinping knows exactly where he wants to go. Donald Trump, not so much...

Italy

An Italian Soccer Metaphor For Europe's Troubles

-Essay- This was not how he wanted to say goodbye. Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon’s tears were featured Tuesday on the front pages of Italian newspapers, and not just the all-sports publications. At ...

Spain

Catalonia Like Quebec? Spain Should Be As Cool As Canada

PARIS — What is France to do, as neighbors, and we Europeans, as fellow citizens, faced with the declaration of independence of Catalonia? It undermines a large European democracy on our border, ...

France

Old Europe's Far-Right Resurgence Isn't Over Yet

-Analysis- PARIS — A wave of popular revolt against the establishment, globalization and immigration is washing over the West. And as the recent election results in Germany, Austria and the ...

United States

On Sin And Individualism, Why Most Evangelicals Oppose Gun Control

The shooting at a Southern Baptist church in Texas is believed to be the worst such shooting at a church in modern U.S. history. Several prominent Southern Baptist pastors have President Donald ...

France

In Weinstein Aftermath, New Death Threats For Charlie Hebdo

-Analysis- Charlie Hebdo is facing another existential moment — and Harvey Weinstein is partly responsible. The surviving members of the French satirical weekly might appreciate the twisted ...

Argentina

Adios Peronism? Argentina Tries To Finally Bury The 20th Century

The Macri government's sober discourse and steady reformist hand suggest the political and ec...

France

New York To Toulouse, What Not To Remember

PARIS — Before Charlie Hebdo and the Bataclan, before the Bastille Day massacre in Nice and last month’s fatal stabbing in Marseille by a man shouting “Allahu akbar,” there was Toulouse. Back ...

France

Consumerism, Pornography And Pigs Like Harvey Weinstein

For a Paris sex therapist, the fight against sexual abuse requires action against online pornogra...

United States

Facebook And Russian Meddling, Don't Blame The Messenger

Think of Facebook as akin to a delivery truck, noting that such trucks often carry guns, junk foo...

Japan

Are We Ready For The Japanization Of The World Economy?

Having experienced its economic collapse a generation earlier than the 2008 crisis, Japan has bec...

China

Succession Doubts, From Thailand To China

-Analysis- Some shoes are just too big to fill. Take the ones left behind by Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died just over a year ago at 88, and whose five-day cremation ceremony began ...

Lebanon

The Latest Anti-Immigrant Party On The Rise ... In Lebanon

The Lebanese "Party of Hope" calls for the immediate expulsion of more than one million Syrian re...

Iraq

Al-Qaeda To ISIS And Beyond, The Battle Is Not About To End

-Analysis- The Islamic State is now on the run in Syria and Iraq. Following the terror group’s defeat this summer in its self-declared Iraqi capital of Mosul, ISIS has now been driven from its ...

Egypt

Cairo Bipolar, A Tale Of Stage Management And Survival

An Egyptian writer shares her struggle with keeping bipolar disorder from invading everything she...

France

Bataclan To Pulse, The Show Must Go On. Or Must It?

-Analysis- PARIS — Next month marks the two-year anniversary of the Bataclan attack — and the one-year anniversary of its reopening. The Nov. 13, 2015 shooting that took place at the historic ...

France

Unemployment Rates, A Broken Economic Barometer

The rapid rise in part-time employment has undermined what was, until now, the instrument of choi...

France

A Hollywood Pig, The Weinstein Scandal Viewed From France

PARIS — According to an ever expanding list of accusers, Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing and assaulting women for decades. As of Friday, 28 women have come forward to denounce the ...

Turkey

Trump, Erdogan, Merkel: What Price For A Free Press?

-Analysis- Donald Trump, the world’s biggest cyberbully, has issued another Twitter threat. The target this time wasn’t North Korea’s “Rocket Man,” but another favorite: the media. Yesterday, ...

Philippines

State-Sponsored Barbarism, From The Philippines To Brazil

-OpEd- SAO PAULO — Barbarism has actually become popular in the Philippines. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 78% of Filipinos support the "license to kill" President ...