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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...


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 ...


Jihadist Brides, Tales Of The Ex-Wives Of ISIS

They were the brides of ISIS. These days, they are detained in a camp for the internally displace...


The Flash Rise Of Sebastian Kurz, Austria's Emmanuel Macron

BERLIN — Sebastian Kurz was faster than Emmanuel Macron. Following the rapid rise of this year’s other young political superstar, Kurz’s victory Sunday in Austria’s parliamentary election was even ...


Saving Sirte, Libyan City Returns To Life After Fall Of ISIS

SIRTE — If it were theater, it would be bad theater. Too incongruous, too unreal. The stage — buildings in ruins all along the boulevard — just doesn't fit the happiness on the people's faces. ...


The Formidable Challenge Of Electrifying Rural India

The current challenge in rural electrification is not just connecting households, but providing s...


Fleeing Violence, Central American Child Migrants Flock Into Mexico

MEXICO CITY — As the Trump administration threatens to expel nearly a million undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children, Mexico is seeing a spike in arrivals of children ...


Fifty Years On, Che Guevara's Economic Ideas Are What Matter

The Marxist leader killed in an ambush in 1967 achieved icon status as a warrior for the revoluti...


Catalonia, Declaration Of Independence With A Caveat

Backers of Catalonia’s quest to break away from Spain had just eight seconds Tuesday night to savor the moment they’d long been waiting for. “I accept the mandate of the people that Catalonia ...


State-Sponsored Barbarism, From The Philippines To Brazil

-OpEd- SAO PAULO — Barbarism has actually become popular in the Philippines. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 78% of Filipinos support the "license to kill" President ...


Post-Soviet Agitprop, How Putin Is Winning Social Media

Cold War-style propaganda isn't helping the Kremlin win over young Russians. For that, Presid...


In Syria, Rape Used As Weapon On All Sides Of Civil War

Sexual violence is being used by almost all the warring factions in the Syrian conflict. When vic...

United States

Donald Trump: Asshole Or Idiot Or More Fake News?

-OpEd- PARIS — Donald Trump’s task on Tuesday should have been simple enough. Traveling to the storm-ravaged island of Puerto Rico, the American president was supposed to offer some comforting ...

United States

Las Vegas: Mass Shootings And The 'Terrorism' Label

The carnage in Las Vegas is evil and tragic, but is it terrorism?

United States

World Newspaper Front Pages Of Las Vegas Shooting

The worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history was the top story in newspapers around the world, after a gunman opened fire at a country music concert Sunday night in Las Vegas. Here’s a sample of ...


When France's Foreign Legion Becomes French

Each year, about 200 soldiers from the elite military unit become naturalized French citizens.


Conflict Over Catalonia, Bad To Worse

MADRID — For Mariano Rajoy, it's as if October 1 never happened. The Spanish Prime Minister insisted that his government was simply implementing Spain's democratic constitution in sending ...


Kelantan, A Laboratory For Sharia Law In Malaysia

KOTA BHARU — On Sultan Zaineb street, congregants leave the mosque one by one in Kota Bharu, the capital of the rural Kelantan state, in northeastern Malaysia. After Friday prayers, the ...


Nazis v. AfD, Can We Really Compare Germany's New Far Right To Past?

The success of the far-right populist party Alternative for Germany in this week's parliament...


AfD Watershed, 5 Reasons For The Far Right Rising In Germany

Though Angela Merkel has secured a fourth term with Sunday's election, the populist party Alt...


Japan Facing World War II Truth Before Last Witnesses Die

A recent series of documentaries unveil untold chapters of ugly Japanese history.


Can A Violinist Stand In The Way Of War With North Korea?

With each passing day, war with North Korea seems to draw closer. Kim Jong Un continues to test his arsenal; Donald Trump issues new threats and nicknames his nemesis “Rocket Man”; Kim responds in ...