opinion / analysis

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 ...

Colombia

When A Former Hitman For Pablo Escobar Gets VIP Treatment

When El Espectador's Aldo Cívico spots a former henchman of the Medellin drug cartel i...

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 ...

France

Caracas To London To Ankara, Expressions Of Democracy

-Analysis- Democracy has never been an easy thing. That most British of statesmen Winston Churchill famously called it “the worst form of government, except for all the others.” In its ideal ...

Germany

Syria And The Contagion Of Despotism Across The World

-OpEd- BERLIN — The theater of war that is Syria has brought us scenes of a world devoid of rules: children killed by poisonous gas, the bodies of prisoners who were tortured or burned alive ...

United States

The Meaning Of Black And White Mortality Rates In America

WASHINGTON — For the past year and a half, Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton have been ringing the alarm about rising mortality among middle-aged white Americans. The pair have ...

Egypt

When The West Lets Christianity Die In Its Cradle

The deadly Palm Sunday attacks in Egypt are just the latest example of a steady effort to remove ...

United States

Sicily, United, Spicer: Public Relations Gone Bad

-Analysis- PR disasters can happen anywhere to anyone. While United Airlines is (not) doing its best to recover from the instantly infamous “re-accommodating” of a bumped passenger on an ...

Colombia

Rivers Have A Memory, Lessons From The Landslide Of Mocoa

A deadly flash flood and landslide in southern Colombia is a brutal reminder that people can'...

France

French Elections, Europe And The Meaning Of Patriotism

Emmanuel Macron is the youngest candidate to be France's next president. That's not the o...

Argentina

Brexit And The Falklands: Isolated UK Is Opportunity For Argentina

Brexit could isolate Britain in its dispute with Argentina over the Falklands, though leaders in ...

United States

Trump TV Changes Channels On Syria

We all know Donald Trump is sensitive to what he sees on TV. But rather than displaying thin skin about comedy sketches aimed at him, the American president has now joined the wider world in ...

China

China Is In Driver's Seat When It Comes To Powering Electric Cars

-Op-Ed- LAUSANNE — While plenty of attention has been paid to Donald Trump's "America First" pledge — as troublesome or laughable as it may seem — relatively little is being said about another ...

Syria

Another Chemical Attack In Syria, Still No Accountability

Members of the U.N. Security Council will gather today for an emergency meeting following reports of a chemical attack in Syria that may have have killed between 50 and 100 people, including ...

Syria

Sectarian Cleansing In Syria: More Than Meets The Eye

As the war in Syria enters its seventh year, the widespread displacement of Syria’s majorit...

Spain

When Brexit Hits An Anglo-Iranian Living In Spain

-Essay- VALENCIA — As a British national living in Spain, it is strange to (still) be an EU citizen and yet start to feel unwelcome in this "European home." All this thanks to Brexit, that ...

Colombia

All This Has Been Written Before, Literature As Oracle

We have already been revealed, both our leaders and ourselves, by writers of the past.

Argentina

A Few Jobs AI Can Never Render Obsolete

Technology is transforming how goods and services are sold, and may soon kick millions of workers...

France

Let Them Speak French! Why I Believe In The "Molière Clause"

-OpEd- PARIS — A lot is being said and written about the "Molière clause," first introduced by Vincent You, an elected representative in the western French city of Angoulême, and which mandates ...

Turkey

How Did Turkey Become Isolated So Quickly?

It wasn't long ago that Turkey was a nation envied around the world for growing freedoms and ...