world affairs

United States

A Russian Guide For Surviving U.S. Midterm Elections

A view from Russia on the topic of Russian-American relations: time to keep a low profile.

El Salvador

Heat Is On In Central America (It's Not Just Nicaragua)

-Analysis- BOGOTA — Nicaragua is facing its most violent crisis since the 1980s, when President Daniel Ortega first led the country. Between 295 and 448 people have been killed after more than ...

China

From Punjabi To Breton: Five Language Controversies Around The World

More than just a vehicle to communicate, language expresses and helps construct identity. As such, it has the power to inspire and unite people — but language can also be a source of division, or ...

India

Hindu Nationalism And The Posthumous Glory Of Gandhi’s Murderer

Nathuram Godse, author of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination in 1948, is the object of a quasi-...

Argentina

Historic Abortion Vote Puts All Eyes On Argentina

-Analysis- Months of impassioned public debate, colorful protests and determined counter-demonstrations are coming to a head today in Argentina, where the Senate is set for an historic vote on ...

Japan

73 Years On, Hiroshima And Nagasaki Survivors Still Grapple With Guilt

TOKYO — Seventy-three years after atomic bombs laid waste to the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, remaining survivors still bear the physical and psychological scars of the horror they ...

Lebanon

Building Beit Beirut, A History Museum In A City That Tries To Forget

A determined architect continues to pursue her dream of opening a civil war museum in Beirut, whe...

India

From Fortress Europe To Family Separation, Borders Get Ugly

It's not just Donald Trump's wall. Around the world, people are erecting new and increasi...

China

An Urgent Call For Accountability In China's Vaccine Scandal

The Chinese public wants answers, and decisive government action, after learning that two vaccine...

Argentina

Democracy In Latin America Should Not Be Taken For Granted

After decades of dictatorship, democracy in Latin America seemed destined to take root through th...

France

Only Environmentalism Can Save Capitalism

Rescuing the planet from the ravages of capitalism may be just the thing our dominant economic sy...

Colombia

Evolving Populism In Latin America, From Colombia To Mexico

The new presidents of Colombia and Mexico may fit into the populist mould, but their pledges and ...

France

Is This Macron's Watergate, Or Just A Passing Summer Scandal?

-Analysis- The W-word has been dropped. The first to mention it was France’s far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon in an interview with Le Monde. He was quickly followed by his far-right ...

Russia

French Revolutionary Lessons Of 1968 For Putin's Russia Of Today

MOSCOW — Fifty years ago, in May 1968, France was swarmed with such powerful mass protests that the government feared a full-fledged civil war or revolution. This popular unrest became a turning ...

United States

How The Ivy League Creates Group-Think Inside Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — It is not hard to see similarities between President Donald Trump's last two Supreme Court nominees: They are both white male conservatives who attended Ivy League law schools, ...

Egypt

Why Egypt Is Ultimately Destined For Democracy

Egypt's "operating system," to borrow a tech-world term, needs replacing — and the mili...

Cambodia

For Cambodia Anemia Crisis, The Limits Of A 'Lucky Iron Fish'

They're cute, affordable and simple to use. But upon further review, Lucky Iron Fish aren'...

United States

How Recycled Wastewater Could Pump New Life Into Tucson

The Santa Cruz River, once the city's lifeblood, has been bone-dry for the past 70 years. But...

United States

Future Defense, Europe Must Get Equipped For Post-U.S. Order

-OpEd- WASHINGTON — After many weeks of claiming, dishonestly, that European allies "owe us a tremendous amount of money for many years back" — in fact, Europeans spend far more money on ...

Egypt

In Cairo, Makeshift Slums v. Government Housing Project

The two-year-old housing project is clean and orderly, unlike the makeshift dwellings its thousan...

Italy

In Sicily, Documenting Mediterranean Deaths Of Migrants

Meet the Italians driven by a sense of history and humanity to identify the refugees and migrants...

Mexico

Will Mexico's New President Be More Lula Or Chávez?

Andrés Manuel López Obrador promises to give Mexico an extreme socialist makeover. ...