opinion / analysis

Egypt

In Egypt, Parenting And The Power Of Language

CAIRO — I was four years old when, while visiting a relative at his home, he urged me to eat some food. He told me playfully, as children are often told: “Eat, you donkey.” But, according to my ...

Mexico

Higher Stakes, The Limits Of Legalizing Marijuana In Mexico

Differently than places like the Netherlands or the state of Colorado, legalizing cannabis in Mex...

South Africa

Cape Town, Bogota, Sao Paulo: When Cities Run Out Of Water

-Analysis- Good news for the people of Cape Town: “Day Zero,” when South Africa’s second most-populated city is expected to run out of water has been pushed back. But it’s only a very temporary ...

China

A Strategy Of Conquest, What Drives China's New Silk Road

-Analysis- PARIS — It's a plan of titanic proportions, with a budget of close to $1 trillion and transport projects, for both land and sea, on almost every continent. No single fund can ...

Germany

Turkey And Germany, A Relationship Always Worth Watching

German-Turkish relations are a high-stakes affair. Not only does Germany count some three million residents with roots in Turkey, the two countries are strategic to both the global economy and ...

France

Bitcoin, A Logical Return To Finance Of The Middle Ages

-Analysis- PARIS — Michiel Van Aarnhem is a young and elegant advisor to the Dutch finance minister. He's also an award-winning video producer. The educational video Bitcoin, Money of the ...

United States

After Florida School Massacre, Gauging Trump's Empathy Deficit

WASHINGTON — As he heads to Florida this weekend, President Donald Trump is following in the footsteps of former President Barack Obama, a man he loathes and a leader whose time in office in many ...

United Kingdom

A Britain Hell Bent On Brexit Holds A Bigger Lesson For Europe

-OpEd- PARIS — While leafing through the newspapers in an English pub last weekend, I was surprised to see The Sunday Times, hardly a tabloid, portraying the three fiercest Brexiters as ...

France

Panda Mania, What Our Love Affair Says About The Human Race

-OpEd- PARIS — At the Beauval Zoo in central France, visitors line up every day for a chance to glimpse at His Majesty Yuan Meng. The animal's birth, on Aug. 4, 2017, was followed by 26 million ...

Italy

Dictators And Us, The West Falls Back Into Appeasement Trap

-OpEd- TURIN — Fifty years ago, in January 1968, the reformist leader Alexander Dubcek rose to power in Czechoslovakia. His ascent began a brief era known as the Prague Spring, which ended when ...

South Korea

PyeongChang And The Slippery Sport Of Olympic Geopolitics

-Analysis- The PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games finally kicked off Thursday with the riveting-if-baffling sport of curling and a first victory for hosts South Korea. But all eyes will be on the ...

France

After Deneuve, #Metoo Backlash: Is French Feminism Unique?

France is the land of seduction, where relations between men and women can seem more harmonious, ...

Poland

Poland, In Denial Of Nazi Ghosts And New Russian Threats

-OpEd- PARIS — A people brings glory upon itself up when it is able to confront the complexity of its history. On the contrary, it dishonors itself when it takes on a defensive posture with its ...

United States

How The Trump Era Accelerates The Culture War, From Both Sides

-Analysis- It's now more than a year since Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, and the media's animosity towards him continues unabated. After his surprise ...

Switzerland

Crying Roger, Federer Serves Feminine Side For Men's Tennis

The male god of tennis cried (profusely) after his Australian Open win. Not just his tears, but t...

Russia

Russia And Europe, Putin's Ambitions Have Roots In History

Russia's imperial history is far from over for Vladimir Putin, who loudly declares that where...

Argentina

The Psychology Of Those Who Abuse Their Power

The Church and the Army are classic settings where hierarchies help commanders accumulate power. ...

Switzerland

Davos, Searching For A New Social Contract

The global economy is doing wonderfully well. And yet, its key players are wary. Why? Because for all the good news about GDP growth, there are signs of deepening divisions in society, and a sense ...

Brazil

Brazil's Eternal Love-Hate Relationship With Lula

A court has upheld corruption charges against the former Brazilian president. Will it stop him fr...

Venezuela

Latin America: When Elections Are A Bogus Tool For Dictators

Calling rulers like Venezuela's Maduro or Nicaragua's Ortega democratically elected leade...

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 ...