world affairs

China

The Dark Truths Inside China's Dying Coal Industry

Coal miners have lived off the industry for generations. Though China is still the world's to...

Germany

A New Women-Run Mosque In Berlin, Is This How The Reformation Of Islam Begins?

Seyran Ates, a German-Turkish lawyer, has opened the first “liberal” mosque in Berlin...

Japan

Ghost Cities, Demographic Lessons From Japan To China

TOKYO — The popular Chinese imagination of Japan has followed along with Japan’s evolution over the past four decades. In the late 1970s, when China started to reform and to open up to the rest of ...

Colombia

Mustache, That Must-Have Facial Prop Of Any Strongman

Dictators, gangsters and gun-toting guerillas all seem to have a fondness for facial hair —...

Armenia

Honoring “Turkish Schindlers” — Forgotten Heroes Of The Armenian Genocide

Unlike the "Righteous Among The Nations" of the Nazi Holocaust, individual Turks who opposed the ...

France

How On Earth Are We Going To Feed 11 Billion People?

PARIS — New York City. 2022. The Big Apple is packed — with 44 million inhabitants — and roasting. Average temperatures are in excess of 30ºC. The metropolis is enveloped in a thick, greyish fog. ...

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

France And Russia, Why Democracy Needs Healthy Opposition

"A Masterstroke," "A Tsunami," "The Takeover." Newspapers in France summoned their best metaphors this morning to describe what already looks like a landslide — yes, another favorite electoral ...

United States

The Know-Nothing President, Is This Trump's Best Defense?

WASHINGTON — As former FBI Director James Comey held the political world in thrall Thursday from inside a packed Senate hearing room, House Speaker Paul Ryan walked into an unusually empty press ...

Turkey

Trump and Erdogan Try To Bully Europe, Europe Pushes Back

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel came back Monday from Ankara empty-handed. German military personnel currently stationed at NATO air bases in Turkey will likely soon follow. Amid a growing ...

United Kingdom

Strange Brew Of Terrorism, From Persian Gulf To London Bridge

"Enough is enough." Theresa May's remarks after Islamists killed seven and wounded dozens Saturday evening in London — the UK’s third major terror attack in three months — amounted to both a ...

United States

Trump Has Last Laugh, World Left Crying

Yesterday, as he announced the United States’ withdrawal from the historic Paris climate agreement, President Donald Trump appeared particularly eager to deride the perceived exploitation of ...

United States

Trump Exits Paris Climate Deal, 24 Front Pages From Around The World

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and seek a new deal. "The planet's enemy," a "coup against the future" — and even ...

United States

Monsanto's "Guerrilla War" Against Science

PARIS — Monsanto, the multinational producer of pesticides and genetically-engineered crops, has sought to discredit virtually anything that stands in the way of its business, reports leading ...

Afghanistan

Panama To Afghanistan, The Long Tail Of American Hubris

The news from Afghanistan this morning is devastating: at least 80 killed and hundreds wounded following a massive explosion in Kabul. The violence, of course, is hardly limited to ...

Panama

Manuel "El Man" Noriega Dead At 83, Front Page From Panama

Critica, May 30, 2017 "El Man Dies," reads Tuesday's front page of Panamanian daily Critica, reporting the death of former dictator Manuel Noriega in Panama City at age of 83, with one of ...

Egypt

Widening Clampdown On Internet News In Egypt

CAIRO — The Egyptian government has blocked access to a total of 21 news and information websites since last Wednesday, including the original publisher of this article, Cairo-based Mada Masr. A ...

Italy

G7 In Taormina, Molding A World Of Bad Choices

After Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome and Brussels, Donald Trump's week-long odyssey comes to an end with the G7 meeting in the Sicilian town of Taormina. As has become a habit with such events, the ...

United States

Donald Trump's Week-Long Stumble Across The World Stage

WASHINGTON — President Trump arrived in Jerusalem this week with a most curious bit of information for Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “We just got back from the Middle East,” Trump announced. ...

Russia

Even More Than The Anti-Trump, Macron Is The Anti-Putin

French-Russian relations are at a new low following the election of France's young, pro-Europ...

Ecuador

"Big Day" For Ecuador's Lenin Moreno

El Universo, May 24 Wheelchair-bound politician Lenín Moreno assumed Ecuador’s highest office today, nearly 20 years after a shooting attack left him paralyzed. “Lenín’s big day,” as the ...