opinion / analysis

Philippines

Philippines To Indonesia, Wahhabism Is Spreading In Asia

-Analysis- PARIS — The Islamic State (ISIS) is like the Hydra, the multi-headed monster of mythology that Hercules alone was able to slay. Whenever he managed to cut off one its heads, two new ...

France

On Coups And Croissants, Why The News Is All About Me

What kind of a world do we live in, when Turkey can't even give us a proper coup anymore? Unable to sleep for the summer heat in Valencia, I remember that twisted thought coming to me as the ...

France

When Advertising Attacks Sexist Clichés It Helped To Create

Marketing firms are embracing a strategy called "femvertising" to challenge the sexist gender mol...

India

Collection Of DNA Spells Doom In India

-Analysis- In 2007, the department of biotechnology in India began drafting a controversial legislative bill to collect and store the DNA information of Indian citizens in a national databank ...

United States

Trump's New Policies Are A Hit (They Are Obama's)

-OpEd- WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump appears to have found himself a new national security adviser. His name is Barack Obama. Recent days have brought evidence of two foreign policy ...

United States

Out-Of-Touch Politicians? Power Is Damaging Their Brains

Why we should force the powerful to submit to psychological and neurological examinations on a re...

Kenya

From Rwanda To Kenya, Beyond The Game Of Thrones In Africa

-Analysis- “[If] I have been unable to mentor a successor or successors that should be the reason I should not continue as president. It means that I have not created capacity for a post-me ...

Venezuela

Latin America's Shameful Appeasement of Nicolás Maduro

The response of regional states to the Venezuelan regime's assault on democracy is a lesson i...

United States

The Good, Bad And Pointless Of Trump's Immigration Plan

Admitting newcomers based on their skills is smart; cutting their numbers in half is a mistake.

United States

U.S. v China, A Guide To Style And Diplomacy

-Analysis- There is style, and there is taste. There is also politics. The “style” in question here is the sort that is so often the source of bloody combat in the publishing world: whether to ...

India

Amma Mia! India To New Zealand, The Women In Politics Paradox

-Analysis- Long before Angela Merkel or even Margaret Thatcher, Indian politics has produced some fearsome female leaders. Indira Gandhi, also known as the “Iron Lady” of India, took office as ...

Russia

Power And Fear, Making Sense Of The Russian State Of Mind

-Analysis- During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump had promised to improve U.S. relations with Russia. His supporters said it was just the kind of bold move the world needed as ...

Brazil

Why All Of Brazil's Presidents Keep Winding Up In The Mud

It is the nature of the job, not the people who occupy it, that is ultimately to blame for an end...

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...

Cuba

Trump's Cuba Policy Proves Obama Was Right

The Obama administration sought a Cuba policy aimed at helping ordinary Cubans. Trump is keeping ...

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 ...

Brazil

How ISIS’ Defeat In Mosul Could Make It Stronger Worldwide

-Analysis- The recapture of Mosul by the Iraqi armed forces, with the support of the international coalition led by the United States, is a real achievement. ISIS has seen its biggest military ...

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 ...