world affairs

Japan

Japan Facing World War II Truth Before Last Witnesses Die

A recent series of documentaries unveil untold chapters of ugly Japanese history.

France

Can A Violinist Stand In The Way Of War With North Korea?

With each passing day, war with North Korea seems to draw closer. Kim Jong Un continues to test his arsenal; Donald Trump issues new threats and nicknames his nemesis “Rocket Man”; Kim responds in ...

France

The Calais "Jungle" Is Gone, But Migrants Are Back Already

The French coastal city was home to the infamous makeshift village of migrants seeking to cross t...

Germany

Merkel And The Far Right, Why Both Are About To Make History

German elections will see the results of a seismic change within the German political landscape, ...

United States

On North Korea, Trump Has Now Gone Full "Madman"

The U.S. president's threat to "totally destroy" a nation is beyond the pale. But is there me...

France

France's Libération: "Aung San Suu Kyi: A Nobel And A Massacre"

Libération, Sept. 19, 2017 Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday broke her silence on the violence in her Buddhist-majority country that has forced hundreds of thousands of minority ...

Israel

Palestinian Prisoner Payouts: Humane Or Pure Hypocrisy?

The PLO gives monthly allowances to the families of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails. The I...

United States

The Many Dangers Of A Worldwide Nuclear Weapons Ban

WASHINGTON — This month, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will open for signature at the United Nations. Signatories will promise never to "develop, test, produce, manufacture . . ...

Tunisia

As Libyan Route Shuts Off, Migrants Turn To Tunisian Coast

We have seen far fewer grim accounts of rescues and drownings of would-be immigrants in the Mediterranean in recent weeks, as the human trafficking route-of-choice between North Africa to Europe ...

Pakistan

In Pakistan, Arsenic-Laced Water Puts Millions At Risk

BENGALURU — In vintage crime novels, there is often someone murdered by slow poisoning, and arsenic has been a common weapon of choice. It works the same way in your body — slowly killing you — if ...

United States

North Korea Brinksmanship And My Pyongyang Memories

In May 1999, I visited North Korea. I was based at the time in Beijing as a correspondent for a Slovenian newspaper, and it was impossible not to visit the country that had aroused so many ...

Germany

Miami To Mumbai, Can "Sponge Cities" Save Us From Global Warming?

Miami’s beaches and boardwalks have become waterways. Houston’s highways looked like lakes just two weeks back, while halfway around the world boats were replacing buses as the streets of Mumbai ...

Mexico

Extra! Massive 8.2 Earthquake Hits Southern Mexico

Milenio, Sept. 8, 2017 A massive earthquake struck off the coast of the Mexican state of Chiapas just after midnight, and Friday's front page of the Mexican daily Milenio recorded its ...

Italy

Italy's Echos Of Fascism As Immigrants Blamed For Disease, Rape

At the epicenter of Europe’s migrant crisis, Italy is facing a new burst of blatant racism ...

France

Extra! "Irmageddon" — Hurricane Landfall Hits French Front Page

Libération — Sept. 7, 2017 Hurricane Irma has wreaked destruction across the Caribbean, and the situation is about to get worse. “Irmageddon” was the front-page headline Thursday of ...

China

At North Korea Border, Chinese Fish Market Smells Of Sanctions

When China stopped importing seafood products from North Korea as part of new sanctions, business...

Colombia

Extra! Pope Brings Peace Message To Colombia

El Espectador, Sep. 6, 2017 Pope Francis begins a five-day visit Wednesday in Colombia, as the country looks to move beyond decades of armed conflict between leftist rebels and the ...

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 ...

Argentina

Is Populism Finally Dying In Latin America?

-OpEd- BUENOS AIRES — In Latin America today, what is the future of populism? In Ecuador, socialists in power are discussing among themselves how to abandon populism. President Lenin Moreno ...

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 ...