world affairs

Italy

Berlusconi's Last Dance: A Sharp Right Turn?

With a now-leaderless Democratic Party and no charismatic successor to take over from Berlusconi,...

Iran

Will Iran Step In To Suppress Lebanon And Iraq Uprisings?

Protesters in Lebanon and Iraq have been venting their fury at Iran, which is accused of practica...

France

The Case For Creating A CO2 Central Bank

It's time for the European Union to curb emissions the way it does inflation.

Italy

In Italy, Confiscated Mob Villas Handed Over To Needy Families

Buccinasco, a town just outside of Milan, was quietly invaded decades ago by the ‘Ndranghet...

Chile

Chile And The Paradox Of (Relative) Prosperity

Chileans are fairly well off, but only in comparison to their Latin American neighbors. The count...

Argentina

Fernández v. Bolsonaro: Argentina-Brazil Trade Now At Risk

It's no secret that Brazil's ultra-conservative leader and the incoming president of Argentina ha...

United States

Disarmament To Rearmament: The Quiet Return Of Nuclear Risk

PARIS — "Kolossal'naya opasnost." In a recent BBC interview, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev used those two words - "colossal danger" - to sound the alarm of the risk the world faces as ...

Palestinian Territory

Where Women's Liberation And Palestinian Liberation Meet

A Manifesto for Tali'at, a new movement seeking to put the feminist cause at the center of the ba...

Argentina

Argentina's Next President Has A Mandate, Not A Blank Check

Election winners Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner will soon take over leadership of...

Mexico

AMLO's Disconcerting Push For Total Control In Mexico

President López Obrador is bending Congress and the judiciary to his will, and scaring awa...

Russia

What If Moscow Is The Real Loser In The New Syrian Chessboard?

-Analysis- MOSCOW — The USA betrayed the Kurds. This was the blunt interpretation from Dmitry Peskov, press secretary to Russian President Vladimir Putin, following the Turkey-Russia ...

Syria

Forced To Flee, Kurds In Syria Fear They May Never Return Home

Turkey has forced the Syrian Kurds into an astonishing trap, leaving hundreds of thousands with l...

India

Bad Language Politics In India: Why Modi Wants To Demote English

The BJP wants to turn back to clock by imposing Hindi on south and northeastern India and elimina...

Colombia

Democracy Hasn't Made Latin America Any Less Turbulent

Politics in the region have become even more complex since the Cold War era of revolutions and mi...

Italy

Mare Nostrum: Jews, Palestinians And Our Mediterranean Identity

On a recent trip to Sicily, Israeli novelist A. B. Yehoshua was reminded of the Mediterranean's s...

Poland

Why Kaczynski Isn't Smiling: Poland's Mixed Election Results

WARSAW — Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) won last weekend's parliamentary elections. So why was longtime party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski so obviously glum during his victory ...

Egypt

Egypt And Israel: How Close Is Too Close?

They have their differences, of course, but the interests of Egypt and Israel have increasingly a...

Ecuador

Uprising In Ecuador: Lenin Moreno And The Price Of Betrayal

Moreno is now reversing course on austerity measures that provoked nearly two weeks of mass prote...

Russia

How Russia Returned To Center Stage In The Middle East

As Trump leads a U.S. retreat from the region, Russia has methodically moved back into a position...

India

The Comforting Calculation Of Modi Playing The Gandhi Card

The Mahatma's universalism is far from Modi sectarian-nationalist approach. But it's more than ju...

Egypt

Egypt: Metaphysical Walls After State Abduction Of Our Friend

Alaa was taken away by the Egyptian state. Mohamed al-Baqer, a human rights lawyer, was also deta...

Ukraine

It's Me, Not You: Zelensky Between Trump And Biden — And Putin

The impeachment storm in Washington comes with high stakes in Ukraine as well, especially for the...