world affairs

Germany

Luxor, 20 Years Since Birth Of Modern Jihadism

In the gruesome attack in Egypt on Nov. 17, 1997, three key elements came together that have driv...

South Korea

Gift Or Bribe? New South Korean Graft Law Treads On Tradition

SEOUL — Stella came to South Korea on a government scholarship to do a PhD. She says when she arrived from Europe, she found that the degree came with some "unofficial" costs. "I heard that there ...

Zimbabwe

From Aung to Zimbabwe, Foreign Pressure Goes Only So Far

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s three decades in power may finally be over. Gunfire broke out late Tuesday in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare as military panzers moved in to prevent ...

Colombia

Exotic Fruit To Fair-Trade Fabric, Colombia's New Export Potential

BOGOTÁ — The dragon fruit, or pitaya — that exotic fruit resembling a yellow or red flame and touted for its many health benefits — might just be the great new hope of Colombia's ...

China

Why Chinese Arms Sales In Asia Are Booming

Beijing has become one of the largest weapons exporters in the world, allowing it to gain new all...

Spain

Catalonia Like Quebec? Spain Should Be As Cool As Canada

PARIS — What is France to do, as neighbors, and we Europeans, as fellow citizens, faced with the declaration of independence of Catalonia? It undermines a large European democracy on our border, ...

Syria

Syrian War, With The Displaced Of Homs Trickling Back Home

HOMS – Akram al-Khoule and his 7-year-old son hold hands as they stare at the once familiar primary school building, now demolished, looted of its contents and stripped of its identifying markers. ...

Venezuela

Maduro's Venezuela, When "Democracy" Is Worse Than Dictatorship

-OpEd- As the old saying goes, no situation is so bad that it can't get worse. The cruel irony of Venezuela's going from bad to worse is how the government of President Nicolás Maduro is ...

Palestinian Territory

Yahya Sinwar, A Charismatic New Hamas Leader Ready To Talk

Having spent 22 years in Israeli jails, Sinwar knows his adversary — and appears open to ne...

United States

The World Marks One Year Since Trump Elected

-Analysis- A political neophyte who launched his presidential campaign by railing against Mexican “rapists” and “murderers” was never supposed to win, especially against a seasoned stateswoman ...

United States

On Sin And Individualism, Why Most Evangelicals Oppose Gun Control

The shooting at a Southern Baptist church in Texas is believed to be the worst such shooting at a church in modern U.S. history. Several prominent Southern Baptist pastors have President Donald ...

Italy

Italian City Welcomes "Islamic Center" After Banning Mosque

All was calm around the recent inauguration of the northern city of Pavia's new Islamic Cente...

Japan

Buckle Up For Trump's 10-Day Blast To Asia

The stakes and uncertainty are high as the U.S. President begins a 10-day trip to five Asian coun...

United Kingdom

A Century After Balfour, Time For A "Johnson" Declaration?

After half a century of failed endeavors by the United States to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, maybe it's time to send that geopolitical hot potato back to the British. ...

Syria

The Disappeared Of Syria, Missing From Peace Talks Too

Tens of thousands of people remain in detention or have 'disappeared' in Syria, devastati...

Russia

Is Russia Also Headed For A Reality TV Presidential Campaign?

Television presenter Ksenia Sobchak’s surprise candidacy gives the democratic camp a second...

Thailand

In Thailand, Migrant Workers From Myanmar Find Common Ground

Refugees in the border town of Mae Sod are uniting across ethnic lines to defend their rights aga...

Lebanon

The Latest Anti-Immigrant Party On The Rise ... In Lebanon

The Lebanese "Party of Hope" calls for the immediate expulsion of more than one million Syrian re...

Philippines

ISIS In Philippines, City Decimated By Five-Month Siege

The southern city of Marawi was liberated last week after months of fighting which left some 1,00...

Poland

Dark And Dynamic, A Tale Of Two Polands

Much has and hasn't changed in Poland since the fall of Communism. But while the country'...

Italy

Veneto Referendum: Is This Italian Region The Next Catalonia?

The northern Italian region of Veneto will hold a referendum on gaining greater autonomy from the...

Chile

R&D And Innovation, A Patent Failure In Latin America

In spite of dynamic consumer figures, Latin America lags when it comes to investment in research ...