opinion / analysis

Myanmar

Religion And Nationalism: Is Southeast Asia Turning Into The Next Middle East?

The tragedy of the Rohingya in Myanmar should be viewed within the region-wide context of the res...

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...

Chile

How Smartphones Can Save (Or Sabotage) Your Next Event

-Essay- SANTIAGO — Nowadays, it's virtually impossible to surprise anyone. This is a big challenge, especially in the entertainment industry where you need to make a considerable effort to ...

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

Labor Strikes And Hurricane Relief, Macron's Longest Day

-Analysis- The honeymoon is definitely over. Just four months after he was elected to lead France, Emmanuel Macron faced his first major nationwide protest Tuesday against major labor reform ...

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...

Brazil

The Post-Western World Is Still A Messy Place

The West is in relative decline, especially compared to Asia, but no obvious alternative "system"...

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 ...

United Kingdom

Would Social Media Have Saved Lady Di? Notes From Queen Bey

-Analysis- When the song came across my favorite German radio station this morning, my eyes rolled with the familiar lyrics: “Your candle burned out long before your legend ever will.” Still, ...

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 ...

North Korea

North Korea, Time To Face The Music

-Analysis- As Kim Jong-un again edges the world closer to an unthinkable nuclear showdown, the tribulations of a humble music store owner in Berlin may help explain why it’s so hard to figure ...

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 ...