world affairs

Syria

Why Syrian Refugees Are Giving Up On Europe

The route from Turkey to Greece was once crowded with Syrian asylum seekers fleeing to Europe. Bu...

Madagascar

Madagascar, Islamists Exploit Poverty To Gain Converts In Christian Land

Islamism is gaining ground on the island historically dominated by Christianity and traditional r...

China

Could Xi Jinping Bring The Dalai Lama Back Home To Tibet?

NEW DELHI — The impact of the 19th Communist Party of China congress and affirmation of President Xi Jinping as China’s ‘most powerful’ leader in decades matters for India — especially on the ...

Indonesia

Indonesia "Deradicalization": Turning Terrorists Into Business Owners

JAKARTA — While Western countries grapple with the question of what to do with militants returning after fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Indonesia has launched a ...

Pakistan

Erdogan’s Purge Stretches All The Way To Pakistan

KARACHI — A Turkish family is rushing out to a weekend protest in this populous Pakistani city; outside the Karachi Press Club, Turkish residents release doves as a sign of peace; 25 Turkish ...

Syria

Syria's Next Battle: Deradicalization In Ruins Left By ISIS

The Islamic State (ISIS) is facing defeat on the battlefield. Can it be eliminated from hearts an...

United States

Trump's Frightening Belief That He Can Act With Impunity

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump this week disseminated on social media three inflammatory and unverified anti-Muslim videos, took glee in the firing of a news anchor for sexual harassment ...

Mexico

Mexico Asks: Does Fracking Raise Earthquake Risk?

As September's duo of deadly earthquakes made so painfully clear, Mexico is a highly seismic country. Sadly, there's no accounting for the dangers of plate tectonics. But could human activity also ...

Bolivia

Extra! Bolivia's Morales Gets Green Light To Run Again (And Again)

Bolivia's beaming president, as pictured (right) on Wednesday's front page of Tarija-based daily El País, has good reason to smile: He's just been cleared to seek reelection ...

Japan

Japan Haunted By Chilling History Of North Korean Kidnappings

For years, Pyongyang kidnapped hundreds of people from neighboring countries, in order to train s...

United States

Russian Operative: I Tried To Sway U.S. Election (For Bernie)

Now Vitali Shkliarov has headed home to oppose Vladimir Putin.

Egypt

"They Came To Kill," Sinai Mosque Victim Describes Attack

BIR AL-ABED — "For 20 minutes, they kept firing at us. We couldn’t hear anything else because of the sounds of the gunfire. Everybody was running. Some were trying to escape and others were ...

India

Rahul Gandhi: India's Comeback Kid?

Slowly but surely, the Congress party is regaining its footing, and the scion to India's poli...

Germany

Cursing Goethe: How German Filmmakers Brought The F-Word To Court

These days a certain four-letter expletive — arguably English's naughtiest word — is bouncing around the European Court of Justice. But it’s not coming from potty-mouthed prosecutors: The ...

Haiti

Protests In Haiti As President Reestablishes National Army

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti's national army was abolished 22 years ago after a disastrous period of military rule ended in a U.S.-led intervention that restored democracy in the Caribbean country. Now, ...

Argentina

Venezuela And Zimbabwe: The Worst Of Times And Even Worse Of Times

Mugabe and Maduro share much in common, starting with the rare ability to gut the resources of a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...