world affairs

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 ...

United States

Trump, Erdogan And The Limits Of Democracy

-Analysis- For the past 36 hours, Washington has been consumed by a pair of scandals that even eternally moderate commentators now say has spread the whiff of possible doom around the Trump ...

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 ...

France

Behind Any Great Man, The Singular Role Of Brigitte Macron

France's incoming First Lady is 24 years older than Emmanuel Macron, her husband and former d...

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

Emmanuel Macron's Victory On 32 Front Pages, France And The World

PARIS — Emmanuel Macron became France's youngest ever elected president with a decisive victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday. The arrival of the 39-year-old pro-European former ...

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 ...

North Korea

Pyongyang Puts On A Modern Face But Misery Lingers

An Italian reporter gets a rare glimpse past the North Korean regime's attempt to portray 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 ...

Lebanon

A Lebanese Recipe For Intra-Islamic Reconciliation

A project in Tripoli, Lebanon's second biggest city gives women from the rival Alawite and Su...

France

The Invasion Of Symbolism, From Guernica To Invader

-Analysis- “This bull is a bull and this horse is a horse,” Spanish-born painter Pablo Picasso once said of his iconic 1937 painting Guernica. Eighty years later, the horrifying depiction of ...

Colombia

Trump's Policy Toward Latin America Is Worse Than Just A Wall

-OpEd- BOGOTÁ –– For some time now, Latin America has not figured on the U.S. State Department’s agenda. If the continent did appear, it was at the bottom of the government’s list. This ...

United States

In "Another" Washington, Folks (Mostly) Sticking With Trump

-Analysis- WASHINGTON (Indiana) — This city of 11,000, nestled among a handful of low hills rising from table-flat Hoosier farm fields, is 680 miles from the other Washington, but the cultural ...

Venezuela

Extra! Venezuelan "Brutal Repression," Growing Isolation

El Nacional — April 27, 2017 CARACAS — The embattled government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has raised the stakes on both the domestic and foreign front. At home, the death ...