opinion / analysis

Japan

Where The Geopolitical Chessboard Makes Sense Today: Asia

In the West, the era of grand, strategic pacts between nation-states seems to have come and gone....

Taiwan

What Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Failure Says About Taiwan

The referenda that rejected marriage equality in Taiwan last month was not only a huge blow to the country’s LGBT community, but also a political setback to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party ...

France

The Yellow Vests, A Wake-Up Call For France And The World

The "yellow vest" uprising is about more than Macron's ill-conceived fuel tax. It's sympt...

Austria

Refugees Need Acceptance, Not Mandated Integration

Strict integration protocols can have the opposite effect on asylum seekers, compounding their se...

China

Is Human Gene Editing Simply Scientific Progress?

Ethical concerns about last week's CRISPR breakthrough in China are valid. But they can evolv...

Argentina

Hard Times And Hooliganism In Soccer-Crazy Argentina

Rowdy fans added to the annals of soccer stupidity by forcing organizers to cancel the hugely ant...

Italy

Using Shipping Flag Policy To Take Hard Line On Migration

Europe’s aggressive migration policy has seen Italy dive into the obscure world of national...

Italy

Tragic Icons Of Migration, Dorothea Lange To A Turkish Beach

PARIS — Human migration is the story of our times. Victims of conflict and climate change, pushed by poverty at home and pulled toward opportunity abroad, people on the move are both a catalyst ...

France

Artwashing At The Louvre: When Saudis And Big Oil Sponsor Fine Art

PARIS — Suspected of hacking a dissident into pieces in its consulate in Istanbul, the Saudi regime has become the target of public outrage — until the story dies down, at least. Which raises an ...

Colombia

Shame And Amnesia: On Colombian Treatment Of Venezuelan Migrants

People in Colombia seem to have forgotten that in the not-too-distant past, they were the ones se...

France

How Europe Can Win The Blockchain Battle

After being left behind in the Internet revolution, places like France, Malta and Switzerland are...

India

What The Mumbai Attacks Changed For India — And For Terrorists

MUMBAI — They say that human memory tends to shut out trauma. But the pain caused by the attack 10 years ago on Mumbai will always be difficult to forget. What happened on November 26, 2008 was an ...

United Kingdom

Brexit: Why Theresa May Never Stood A Chance

-OpEd- BERLIN — Theresa May can only lose. The British Prime Minister is fighting alone against a grand alliance of conspirators, poisoners, and wire-pullers, supported by opportunists, ...

United Kingdom

How Brexit Has Ignited Some Serious EU Peace And Love

-OpEd- PARIS — While Brexit uncertainty continues with “last-chance summit” after “last-chance summit,” the hard questions are becoming more difficult to avoid with each passing day. Are we ...

Iran

American Sanctions Are Back On Iran — Will It Work?

-OpEd- BERLIN — Thousands of students marched through Tehran last weekend, and state television broadcast the protest march live. The crowd burned U.S. flags and pictures of President Donald ...

Brazil

The Myth That Strongman Regimes Are Good For Business

-Analysis- PARIS — And then, Brazil. The list of countries that are switching to so-called “strongman” regimes keeps growing. Vladimir Putin's Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey, Narendra ...

India

#MeToo And Due Process — How It Looks In India

The expanding movement to denounce sexual assault is a symptom of the problem, not the cure.

United States

U.S. Midterms: A First Umbrella After The Trump Tsunami

America's midterm elections saw Democrats recapture the House, but lose ground in the Senate....

Egypt

Stop Victim-Blaming Egypt’s Copts

-OpEd- CAIRO — Following last Friday’s attack on two buses and a microbus in Egypt’s Minya governorate, killing at least seven Coptic Christians and injuring 16 others, both domestic and ...

Argentina

Modern Politicians And The Christ Factor

The tendency of politicians in Latin America (and beyond) to cite Christ in their speeches may in...

Brazil

The Similar And (Scary) New Presidents Of Brazil And Mexico

President-elects Jair Bolsonaro and Andrés Manuel López Obrador may not have the sa...

Germany

Merkel, The Right Time To Say Auf Wiedersehen

-Analysis- MUNICH — Angela Merkel has seldom sounded so straightforward and genuine. It was a clear speech, it was an honest speech. It was such a remarkably clever speech too that you could ...