opinion / analysis

Venezuela

Latin America: When Elections Are A Bogus Tool For Dictators

Calling rulers like Venezuela's Maduro or Nicaragua's Ortega democratically elected leade...

India

Muslim Women's Rights, A New Favorite Smokescreen Of Strongmen

The authoritarian and religious men leading Saudi Arabia, Iran and India are using women's ri...

France

Fake News And The Thought Police Conundrum

-OpEd- PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron recently announced his determination to take on so-called fake news, false pieces of information that are published in the media to reinforce a ...

United States

The New Forms Of Protectionism Go Well Beyond Trump's Mouth

At first glance, it looks as though leaders of the world’s most powerful countries learned ...

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia, If Oil Becomes A Curse

-Analysis- The unlikely rapprochement between the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia, orchestrated by Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, seems to be a response to the rise of the Iran-Russia ...

Tunisia

Tunisia, The Long And Fragile Arc Of Democratic Revolution

The attachment to autocracy prevails over the current appreciation of the state of democracy. Sti...

United States

Home Alone? The Risks If Trump's Top Advisors Resign

-Analysis- WASHINGTON — So Michael Wolff wrote a book about Donald Trump. Perhaps you've heard about it? The internet spent a few days pointing and laughing at the more extraordinary claims ...

Switzerland

You Are A User: How Silicon Valley Turns Your Smartphone Into A Drug

The many ways your iPhone or Android, and their apps, are built to hook you like a drug user. The...

France

Full Translation Of French Anti-#MeToo Manifesto Signed By Catherine Deneuve

Some 100 prominent French women artists and intellectuals have issued an open letter in Le Monde ...

France

Conspiracy Theories Rise And Fall In Era Of Fake News

-Analysis- PARIS — Remember conspiracy theories? There was a time, not so long ago, when we used to worry about how the internet encourages the proliferation of crackpot versions of what ...

Colombia

The Nostalgia Trap: If Only We Just Could Forget

We're drawn to it, tempted to wade in its bittersweet waters. And yet, for the most part, nos...

South Korea

Olympic Peace Dreams, From Ancient Greece To The Korean Peninsula

-Analysis- PARIS — Compete, don’t kill. The idea that peace might be achieved through sporting is an old paradox. Pitting athletes and countries against each other in a non-lethal — and ...

United States

For Latest Trump Revelations, Follow The (Family) Money

Trump's former strategist Steven Bannon was quoted as saying the families of Trump and his so...

Venezuela

Iran To Venezuela, An Ugly Mix Of Oil Wealth And Social Unrest

Donald Trump has become a convenient scapegoat for problems in countries like Venezuela and Iran,...

India

India-Pakistan, A Cricket Metaphor For Nationalism

NEW DELHI — Farooque was a Kashmiri. He hated India. His cousin was killed by security forces at a demonstration in Srinagar. This was 1990. We were classmates, and I always took him head on for ...

France

The Idolatry of Data, A New Totalitarianism

After Fascism and Communism, the 21st century features two new forms of evil ideology: Islamism a...

France

Why Our Education System Can't Keep Up With Artificial Intelligence

In a new book, French futurologist Laurent Alexandre argues that as artificial intelligence advan...

Bolivia

Evo Morales, Economic Success Can Never Justify Autocracy

The legalistic formula the Bolivian leader has found to perpetuate his presidency is despotic and...

Germany

Facebook Limits, When A Sharing American Lands In Germany

-Essay- “Germans are coconuts, Americans peaches...” In the German Studies department at the University of Michigan, this saying bounced around as a shorthand way for us to describe the ...

United States

A Day Of Economic Infamy, Trump And Republicans Undo History

This week's overhaul of the U.S. tax code is a betrayal of a century of progressive reforms, ...

Austria

Austria-Hungary And Far-Right Echoes Of History

-Analysis- Is this the “return of Austria-Hungary”? Following the formation of the new right-wing government in Vienna, acknowledging the like-minded leadership next door in Budapest is a ...

United States

Trump For Christmas, A Grim Update For My Friends In Europe

Impeachment is coming, and other failed predictions.