world affairs

Zimbabwe

From Mugabe To Merkel, The Many Ways To Cling To Power

-Analysis- Lord Acton’s famous phrase about the corrupting effect of power (and absolute power) should have come with a footnote about the “clinging” factor. On any given day, it isn’t hard to ...

Syria

Women In Syria Are Traded For Weapons, Food And Rent

The sale and trade of women in Syria is not a wanton and senseless consequence of war. It is a co...

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 ...

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 ...

Argentina

So Many Mouths To Feed: Argentina's Golden Opportunity

The nations of South America's MERCOSUR trade bloc are well positioned to cash in on increasi...

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, ...

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 ...

Nigeria

Nigerians Trade Europe's Greener Pastures For Rice Farming At Home

After a drop in oil prices left the Nigerian economy reeling, new government policies have booste...

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 ...

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...

Cyprus

Striking Politics When Drilling For Gas In Mediterranean

-Analysis- PARIS — Drilling operations have begun off the coast of Cyprus despite Ankara's threats against the Cypriot government. And for French oil and gas multinational Total and its Italian ...

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. ...

Russia

Is Russia Also Headed For A Reality TV Presidential Campaign?

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

United States

Truck Attack in NYC, 16 Front Pages From Newspapers Around The World

A day after a suspected 29-year-old Uzbek national killed eight people and injured a dozen more with a rented pickup truck in Manhattan, newspapers around the world devoted their front pages to ...

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...

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'...

Palestinian Territory

The Jobless Youth Of Gaza Have Lost Faith In Everyone

GAZA CITY — Their world doesn't extend much beyond this piece of sidewalk that never seems to change. Glued to their white plastic chairs, Khaled, Mohammed and Abdel Rahman spend their time ...