world affairs

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 ...

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. ...

France

Controlling Information, From Montana To Manchester

—Analysis— The simmering tensions between reporters and politicians in the U.S. have moved beyond the White House press room — and beyond just words. Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was in the ...

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...

India

A Human Shield Exposed In The Daylight Of Kashmir

One of the ugliest tactics in modern warfare has been the use of “human shields.” From Serbia to Sri Lanka and Gaza, armed combatants have been accused of putting civilian lives at risk on the ...

United Kingdom

Manchester, When Terrorism Aims At Teens

News broke shortly after 10:30 p.m. local time Monday night: an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in the northern British city of Manchester. At least 22 people were confirmed dead and 60 ...

Thailand

Three Years After Coup, No End In Sight For Thailand's Military Rule

BANGKOK — Three years ago, on May 22, 2014, members of parliament gathered to find a solution to Thailand’s political crisis. But the politicians were swiftly captured by the army, and sent to ...

Iran

From France To Iran, The People (Mostly) Have Their Say

PARIS — In the final days of the recent French presidential campaign, one confrontation looked like it might turn the tables in favor of underdog Marine Le Pen. Angry workers facing the closing of ...

Argentina

Syrian Refugee Family In Argentina Returns To "Safer" Aleppo

A Syrian family granted asylum in Argentina has opted to go back home in spite of its calamitous ...

Germany

Paris To Berlin, A Unique Chance For Europe

-Analysis- Some new presidents wait three months until they make their first overseas trip. Not Emmanuel Macron. Following in the footsteps of his predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and François ...

Syria

We Syrians Must Rebuild People, Not Countries

Orient Research Centre associate Zeina Yagan discusses one of the many dilemmas that has emerged ...

Pakistan

Cruel Border Stories Between Pakistan And Afghanistan

PESHAWAR — Ayesha Rahmat, a 31-year-old mother of five, lives in a small, two-room house with an open kitchen in this northern Pakistani city. The smell of the bathroom cuts through the ...

Israel

Language Wars, From Israel to Northern Ireland

Language, Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “is the blood of the soul.” When there is more than one language on the same land, it can also becomes a prime source of conflict. On Sunday, an Israeli ...

Brazil

Extra! Defiant Lula Says Not To Blame For Penthouse

O Globo, May 11, 2017 Brazil is riveted by the highly anticipated appearance of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to defend himself against charges in one of the largest corruption ...

Germany

Macron And Merkel, A New Dynamic Duo To Save Europe

Macron seemed to save the EU all on his own with his bold pro-European victory over Le Pen. But h...

France

Man In A Hurry, The Dazzling Rise Of Emmanuel Macron

PARIS — He wanted to be a writer. He'll be president of the French Republic instead — what a tale to tell! The story of a young advisor to the king who, taken aback by his master's powerlessness, ...

France

France, A Nation Divided Must Face Its Weakness

-Op-Ed- PARIS — Several decades of weakness and/or blindness have brought France to where it is today. A deeply divided country, where two camps are facing off with an animosity rarely seen in ...

France

In France, Why Children Of Immigrants Have Turned To Le Pen

COULOMMIERS — In the working-class outskirts of Paris, people are counting. They count the number of houses now occupied by people from an immigrant background. "There are four Arabs opposite my ...

France

Will The French Left Do The Right Thing?

Leftists in France will not vote Le Pen on Sunday. But will they vote Macron?

China

Shot Of Trouble: Fake Botox In China

BEIJING — Authorities have carried out a series of raids on beauty salons in the Chinese capital in an effort to crack down on counterfeit Botox, The Beijing News reports. Botox is popular in ...

France

A Crazy Campaign! Q&A With French Reporter Camille Langlade

PARIS — Five days ahead of the showdown between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in France's crucial presidential elections, Worldcrunch has asked Camille Langlade, a political reporter at the ...

France

Trump, Kim, Hamas, Putin: When Diplomacy Is Like A Crêpe

-Analysis- PARIS — Here in France, one learns that the first step to flipping a crêpe is to ensure the batter is cooked all the way through. Only then can you shake the edges loose, and with a ...