opinion / analysis

Democratic Republic of Congo

Of Lions And Plastic, Strongmen And Mother Nature

Throughout history, nature has had to bear the consequences of human delusions of grandeur. Among the various and extravagant ways men devised to display their power, wild animals have paid a ...

Cuba

Trump's Cuba Policy Proves Obama Was Right

The Obama administration sought a Cuba policy aimed at helping ordinary Cubans. Trump is keeping ...

Venezuela

Not A Game: Erdogan, Maduro, Trump And The Thirst For Power

The new season of Game of Thrones, which premiered Sunday, will surely be filled with all manner of sabotage, conspiracy, and politicking. The fictional world of author George R. R. Martin is ...

Iraq

Mosul, A New Textbook Case For Urban Warfare

-Analysis- To win back Mosul, the Iraqi armed forces paid with their blood. But the difficult victory — obtained with the help of the international coalition — also marks a rebirth. Against all ...

Russia

Why Putin Meeting Was The Perfect Case Of Know-Nothing Trump

The declaration that he'd work with the Russian president on a joint cyber security unit show...

Brazil

How ISIS’ Defeat In Mosul Could Make It Stronger Worldwide

-Analysis- The recapture of Mosul by the Iraqi armed forces, with the support of the international coalition led by the United States, is a real achievement. ISIS has seen its biggest military ...

Germany

G20 To Gaza, Conflicts Among And Within Nations

-Analysis- On Sunday, the G20 summit concluded in Hamburg with a lot of hoopla but scant results. Seen by many as an opportunity for Donald Trump to advance his international agenda, the ...

Brazil

The G20, Trump And A World In Search Of A New Leader

-Analysis- SAO PAULO — The G20, the club gathering the world's biggest economies, is the offspring of two crises. First, the 1997 Asian financial crisis led to the creation of the group in ...

France

Why Won't France Call An Anti-Semitic Murder By Its Name?

-OpEd- PARIS — It's taken years for acts of violence carried out against French Jews to be recognized not as ordinary crime, but as the violent expression of a new form of anti-Semitism. By ...

France

After Trump, Missing My American Pride In A Foreign Land

PARIS — I’m on the bus when “Proud to Be An American” pops into my head. Once it was Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved.” Another time, the Frosted Flakes cereal theme song. Nearly a year after moving ...

United Kingdom

Modern Progressivism, The Making Of A New Inquisition

-OpEd- Can you be a Christian and a politician? I'm not talking about a fundamentalist who would seek to apply Biblical precepts across all of society. I'm talking about a "moderate" Christian, ...

United States

How To Really Hurt Google, Europe-Style

-Analysis- PARIS — There are always worse things in life than money troubles. The record $2.7-billion fine that the European Commission slapped on Google for breaching competition rules is a ...

Argentina

Why Hasn't The Pope Visited His Native Argentina?

Francis has traveled the world and proven himself to be an able messenger of peace. But so far, h...

France

Macron Mania, Why France Loves Its Enlightened Despots

Imagine what Donald Trump would do within a French-like government structure ...

United Kingdom

Off The British Charts, One Year After Brexit

PARIS — Donald Tusk had a dream: The United Kingdom was staying in the European Union — For him, this vision isn't just a pure imaginary digression. The European Council president even appealed to ...

United States

Changes At The Top, From Uber To Riyadh

Image is valuable currency in our modern world. It can make or break a brand, or a career. Entire nations, meanwhile, also have to consider how they are seen — at home and abroad. We also know ...

Germany

A Modern Tale Of Anti-Semitism In A Berlin School

Paul is 14 years old. For months, he was assaulted and bullied by his classmates, and finally had...

Germany

Open Borders Are Immoral And Dangerous — For The Migrants

-OpEd- BERLIN — Last year Angela Merkel said that “the welfare of Africa is in the German interest.” Since then, the Chancellor has spoken more about Africa than any of her predecessors and has ...

United States

The Tide Of History, From Mar A Lago To Havana

What does Donald Trump see when he looks out toward Cuba? Havana, after all, is just a few hundred miles south of the U.S. President’s own coastal getaway at Mar a Lago, Florida. In Trump’s eyes, ...

Tunisia

Ramadan Crackdown: Islam Weighs On Post-Revolution Tunisia

The pro-democracy Jasmine Revolution of 2011 has been followed by more, not less, religious polic...

France

Europe As Eldorado, The Risks Of Enticing Migrants

PARIS — When the migrant crisis started spinning out of control in the summer of 2015, a deep fracture appeared inside the European Union, between countries willing to open their doors and ...

Argentina

Chest-Beating Is Back With Gusto In Geopolitics

The great powers seem to be spurning multilateralism and resorting once more to force as a means ...