opinion / analysis

United States

Mental Health And Jihad, Are Islamic Terrorists Insane?

Voltaire reminds us that today's Islamic fanaticism is a kind of pathology of religious faith.

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...

Spain

Catalan Identity Lessons From A Spanish Son In Switzerland

You shouldn't play with fire, with the deepest feelings of a people. That counts for Cataloni...

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 ...

Spain

When Politics Invades The Soccer Pitch, And Vice Versa

-Analysis- The fraught drama of politics landing in the arena of sports has popped up recently in several different places around the world. It also happens to date back (at least) as far as ...

United States

National Tragedy In The Age Of Trump

A young American in Paris watches Trump in Las Vegas, in the shadow of Obama and Orlando — ...

China

Xi Jinping's Second Term: It's The Economy, Stupid

Will China's unfulfilled promises of real market reforms finally come to pass? Eyes on the 19...

Switzerland

What Swiss Guns Tell Us About American Mass Shootings

Switzerland is behind only the U.S. and Yemen in rate of gun ownership. For Americans, maybe it&#...

France

The Identity Awakening: Catalonia, Europe And Beyond

It is the great challenge (and paradox) of our time: Far from erasing identity claims, globalizat...

France

Make No Mistake, Cyber War Is A Real And Present Threat

-Analysis- PARIS — Imagine if a foreign entity neutralized the public health system in the Paris region. Or if it went on to attack the electric grid, interfering with the meteorological ...

Peru

Castro, Chávez And The True Origins Of Autocracy

Did adverse conditions force such Latin American strongmen Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez and N...

France

What Europe Needs Now? Some French Arrogance

French President Emmanuel Macron has just set himself up as the European Union's would-be sav...

Germany

Germany, Welcome To The New Normal

The success of the far-right Alternative for Germany party in the election is history’s rev...

Iraq

Kurdistan To Catalonia: Rightful Nation Or Naughty Region?

-Analysis- Is there ever a good time to hold an independence referendum? Of course the answer to that question, from Kurdistan to Catalonia, depends on whom you ask. For those looking to ...

China

Who Controls The Past? China's Pressure On Western Academics

Once again, life imitates art. In his masterpiece 1984, George Orwell wrote, "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and ...

Germany

German Elections, Why The World Needs Angela Merkel

China, for one, sees the incumbent German Chancellor as the "mother if not grandmother" of all of...

Mexico

In Mexico, Making Solidarity Last Beyond The Quake

-OpEd- In his account of the 1985 earthquake, which killed between 6,000 and 30,000 people (there are no precise figures) and destroyed more than 800 buildings in Mexico City, Carlos Monsiváis, ...

Australia

Private Lives And Public Service, An Australian Story

-OpEd- TURIN — Everyone knew that Australian politician Rachel Carling-Jenkins had filed for a divorce, but nobody knew why. She explained it herself, a few days ago, standing up to speak ...

France

Can A New Wall Shield The Eiffel Tower From Terror?

-Analysis- The blueprints of the Middle Ages are back. Even as metal and glass have long since replaced stone and mortar, there is an unmistakable parallel to be drawn between medieval ...