opinion / analysis

United States

Bernie's Ready For Another Run — Are Democrats Ready For Him?

The straight-talking senator from Vermont energized the 2016 presidential race. But he faces a ve...

Argentina

Why Latin America Shouldn't Take Sides In U.S.-China Rivalry

As tensions between Washington an Beijing continue to build, smaller nations like Argentina shoul...

France

A United Europe, The Stakes Couldn't Be Higher

The world is becoming divided again as China takes the USSR's place facing the United States....

Venezuela

And If Venezuela's Maduro Survives?

There is a concerted push underway to remove the Venezuelan leader from power. But there's no...

Mexico

The New NAFTA's Real Target? China

The Trump administration had more than America's commercial deficit with Mexico in mind when ...

France

From Lenin To Macron, The Limits Of Pedagogy In Politics

It's tempting to imagine that if our leaders were better teachers, consensus would ensue. But...

Egypt

In Egypt, A Jailed Blogger's Brief Farewell To His Father

Family and friends waited for incarcerated Egyptian blogger Shady Abu Zeid to be able to arrive a...

Argentina

How The 21st Century Killed Old-Fashioned Elections

With the rise of social networking, fake news and changing psychologies, political parties have l...

United States

Super Bowl Show And A Super Bored Frenchman

PARIS — Twice a year (for the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl), I renounce my 6-hour beauty sleep and fight timezones to tune in to a bit of live transatlantic spectacle. Blame it on three ...

United States

Drug Dealers' Love For U.S. Postal Service At All-Time High

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service likes to boast that it is the nation's most trusted government agency. It certainly has the trust of dope dealers. A report by the Postal Service Office ...

Venezuela

Venezuela: Global Left Seduced By Another Latin American Strongman

From Spain's Podemos to Noam Chomsky, many left-wingers around the world are too blinded by i...

France

Is This The Final Chapter For World's Iconic Bookshops?

From Madrid to Cork to Shanghai, some of the most revered old bookshops are closing doors as they...

France

GAFA Go Home: America's Tech Giants Brought Down To Size

The digital behemoths Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon have long sold dreamy ideals. In reality...

Venezuela

Caribbean Nations Must Open Arms To Displaced Venezuelans

While many displaced Venezuelans are crossing over into Colombia or Brazil, others head offshore,...

France

"Yellow Vests" And The Limits Of Democratic Force

-Analysis- PARIS — So what has become of this France, champion of maintaining order, exporter of its savoir-faire and its materials to other democracies — and to totalitarian regimes anxious to ...

Germany

China's Dark Side Landing: How The Moon Loses Its Mystery Appeal

-Essay- The Moon’s cultural history is one of disenchantment. Thousands of years ago, people still believed that it was a deity, there were legends about beautiful Moon girls and a man in the ...

Colombia

Why Terrorism Persists In A Post-FARC Colombia

Last week's bomb attack in Bogota is symptomatic of the state's continued inability to mo...

Italy

Populism Or A United Europe? Italy Wants Both

A recent survey of Italian political views shows a seeming contradiction: a willingness to forego...

Switzerland

When China Went To Davos: Those Chilly Winds Of Global Capitalism

-Analysis- Two years ago Chinese President Xi Jinping — in the wake of the twin election victories of Brexit and Donald Trump — arrived at the Davos World Economic Forum as the would-be savior ...

United States

Thou Shalt Never Be Polite To Robots

Google and Amazon are trying to force us to speak politely to their AI-driven personal assistants...

India

Grandmother's Memory - India's Religious Misogyny Must End

-Essay- MUMBAI — In my memories of my grandmother, one image of her comes to my mind: that of a widow with a tonsured head, wrapped in a dull brown cotton sari worn in traditional style, a ...

Germany

Achtung Autobahn! Why Germany Needs A Highway Speed Limit

Going all out on the autobahn may be part of the German way of life, but speed limits are necessa...