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Germany

AfD Watershed, 5 Reasons For The Far Right Rising In Germany

Though Angela Merkel has secured a fourth term with Sunday's election, the populist party Alt...

United States

Facebook And Transparency, Zuckerberg Must Go Farther

Facebook has agreed to give the government information on political ad campaigns. But the social ...

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 ...

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, ...

Mexico

Extra! Mexico Slammed Again By Major Quake

Milenio Novedades, Sept. 20, 2017 For the second time is as many weeks, "Mexico Shakes," as the front page of the Yucatán daily Milenio Novedades reports, following a 7.1-magnitude ...

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 ...

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 . . ...

Bangladesh

With Myanmar's Fleeing Rohingyas, A Cruel Portrait Of Ethnic Cleansing

TEKNAF — They ran, they walked, they stumbled, then they ran again. They're exhausted, starving, some are wounded. They fled with fear and death chasing from behind. They are also carrying with ...

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 ...

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 ...

Germany

German Elections: Why The Far Right Has Fizzled

For months, the news media couldn't stop talking about them. But now the so-called "disenfran...

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 ...

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...

United States

Metaphors Of Immigration, From Mexico To The Mediterranean

Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall has been a rallying cry and all-purpose metaphor since his improbable campaign began in 2015. But if and when it gets built, the wall would also be, well, a ...

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 ...

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 ...

Vietnam

Not Just Harvey, How Climate Change Is Ruining Vietnam's "Rice Bowl"

A vital source of agricultural crops, fish and shrimp, the Mekong Delta is Vietnam's most fer...