opinion / analysis

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 ...

Brazil

Why It's Time For A Marshall Plan For Technology

-Analysis- SAO PAULO — The idea of economic planning dominated the imagination of 20th-century economists. Unlike the classical liberal view, the planning concept supports clear government ...

France

Europe's Sovereignty Crisis, Moving Beyond The Nation-State

There is no contradiction between feeling French (or Catalan, or Berliner) and becoming a Europea...

Russia

The Immortal Putin, One Man's Plans To Rule Russia Forever

-Analysis- MOSCOW — Aug. 9 came and went in Russia without an official celebration. And yet, the date is significant. It marks the moment Vladimir Putin first came to power — 18 years ago. ...

France

Is The Soccer Market Bubble Ready To Burst?

-OpEd- PARIS — Can a leather ball turn into a bubble? After the extravagant sums of money spent by French soccer team Paris Saint-German to sign Brazilian star Neymar Jr, as well as other ...

Brazil

A Tough Choice For Brazilians: Learn English Or Mandarin

The answer from Chinese professionals may surprise you...

United States

How Immigration Could Make Or Break The Trump Presidency

WASHINGTON — President Trump is hurtling toward a crossroads on immigration — his signature campaign issue and a key source of his law-and-order reputation — where each path before him comes with ...

North Korea

How Kim Jong-un's Nuclear Arsenal Could Lead Us To Peace

North Korea may now be too dangerous to be attacked. But that may force all to find a diplomatic ...

United States

Historical Statues And The West's Ideology Of Self-Hatred

MONTREAL — In the aftermath of Charlottesville, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he was considering taking down a statue of Christopher Columbus because it could be offensive to ...

Vatican City

The Communist Woman And Jewish Shrink In Pope's Past

Pope Francis is not afraid of speaking freely, with his sermons and writings — and a fair share of press interviews — stirring up the Catholic establishment since his election in 2013. Yet a new ...

Argentina

Is Populism Finally Dying In Latin America?

-OpEd- BUENOS AIRES — In Latin America today, what is the future of populism? In Ecuador, socialists in power are discussing among themselves how to abandon populism. President Lenin Moreno ...

France

Your Ego Online, Psychoanalysis In The Social Media Age

PARIS — What becomes of psychoanalysis in our hyper-connected digital world? The question is ripe, as new technologies capture the psyche and absorb the libido of each and every one of us. As ...

France

Computers Claiming Copyright And Other Puzzles Of Our AI Era

-Analysis- Do GIFs have a place in serious publications? Where the hell is my giraffe emoji? Do androids dream of electric sheep? The digital world is presenting us with questions we never ...

Spain

Enemies Inside And Out, The Double Threat Facing The West

What connects the violence in Barcelona and Charlottesville? Where have Western democracies gone ...

Angola

Lourenço's Turn, The Past Hanging Over Angola's New President

João Lourenço succeeds José Eduardo Dos Santos, who ruled with an iron fist ...

United States

From Mayweather To Bad Weather, Hype Of The Century

-Analysis- It was the "Fight of the Century." Or was it? As far as fighting goes, Saturday night's $700-million mega-bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor — also humbly dubbed ...

Turkey

Erdogan's Global Witch Hunt, With A Little Help From Interpol

-Analysis- Even as the European Union has wavered on whether to let Turkey into its exclusive grouping, Ankara has flexed its muscles within the bloc. It has done so by using a shared tool and ...