world affairs

Germany

A New Women-Run Mosque In Berlin, Is This How The Reformation Of Islam Begins?

Seyran Ates, a German-Turkish lawyer, has opened the first “liberal” mosque in Berlin...

Japan

Ghost Cities, Demographic Lessons From Japan To China

TOKYO — The popular Chinese imagination of Japan has followed along with Japan’s evolution over the past four decades. In the late 1970s, when China started to reform and to open up to the rest of ...

Colombia

Mustache, That Must-Have Facial Prop Of Any Strongman

Dictators, gangsters and gun-toting guerillas all seem to have a fondness for facial hair —...

Syria

A Syrian Father's Mission To Clear ISIS Mines Is Cut Short

Abu al Fadl devoted the final months of his life to clearing al-Bab of improvised explosives left...

France

How On Earth Are We Going To Feed 11 Billion People?

PARIS — New York City. 2022. The Big Apple is packed — with 44 million inhabitants — and roasting. Average temperatures are in excess of 30ºC. The metropolis is enveloped in a thick, greyish fog. ...

Tunisia

Ramadan Crackdown: Islam Weighs On Post-Revolution Tunisia

The pro-democracy Jasmine Revolution of 2011 has been followed by more, not less, religious polic...

Colombia

The Meaning Of Being Communist Has Been Hung Out To Dry

-Essay- BOGOTÁ — A theology teacher I knew used to tell me, a mocking grin on his lips, "you're the last communist left," to which I would reply, smiling, "and you're the last evangelist." In ...

Panama

Manuel "El Man" Noriega Dead At 83, Front Page From Panama

Critica, May 30, 2017 "El Man Dies," reads Tuesday's front page of Panamanian daily Critica, reporting the death of former dictator Manuel Noriega in Panama City at age of 83, with one of ...

Turkey

Trump and Erdogan Try To Bully Europe, Europe Pushes Back

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel came back Monday from Ankara empty-handed. German military personnel currently stationed at NATO air bases in Turkey will likely soon follow. Amid a growing ...

United Kingdom

Strange Brew Of Terrorism, From Persian Gulf To London Bridge

"Enough is enough." Theresa May's remarks after Islamists killed seven and wounded dozens Saturday evening in London — the UK’s third major terror attack in three months — amounted to both a ...

Syria

Women In ISIS: Prison Study Reveals Face Of Female Jihadists

BEIRUT – Few women have ever gained access to Block B of Beirut’s notorious Roumieh prison. This is where Lebanon holds radicalized criminals. It is also a place where suicide bombings have ...

United States

Trump Exits Paris Climate Deal, 24 Front Pages From Around The World

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and seek a new deal. "The planet's enemy," a "coup against the future" — and even ...

United States

Monsanto's "Guerrilla War" Against Science

PARIS — Monsanto, the multinational producer of pesticides and genetically-engineered crops, has sought to discredit virtually anything that stands in the way of its business, reports leading ...

Afghanistan

Panama To Afghanistan, The Long Tail Of American Hubris

The news from Afghanistan this morning is devastating: at least 80 killed and hundreds wounded following a massive explosion in Kabul. The violence, of course, is hardly limited to ...

Israel

Welcome To The Bedouin Millionaires Club

In southern Israel, a group of well-off Bedouin entrepreneurs is trying to help the community gro...

Egypt

Widening Clampdown On Internet News In Egypt

CAIRO — The Egyptian government has blocked access to a total of 21 news and information websites since last Wednesday, including the original publisher of this article, Cairo-based Mada Masr. A ...

Italy

G7 In Taormina, Molding A World Of Bad Choices

After Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome and Brussels, Donald Trump's week-long odyssey comes to an end with the G7 meeting in the Sicilian town of Taormina. As has become a habit with such events, the ...

United States

Donald Trump's Week-Long Stumble Across The World Stage

WASHINGTON — President Trump arrived in Jerusalem this week with a most curious bit of information for Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “We just got back from the Middle East,” Trump announced. ...

France

Controlling Information, From Montana To Manchester

—Analysis— The simmering tensions between reporters and politicians in the U.S. have moved beyond the White House press room — and beyond just words. Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was in the ...

Ecuador

"Big Day" For Ecuador's Lenin Moreno

El Universo, May 24 Wheelchair-bound politician Lenín Moreno assumed Ecuador’s highest office today, nearly 20 years after a shooting attack left him paralyzed. “Lenín’s big day,” as the ...

India

A Human Shield Exposed In The Daylight Of Kashmir

One of the ugliest tactics in modern warfare has been the use of “human shields.” From Serbia to Sri Lanka and Gaza, armed combatants have been accused of putting civilian lives at risk on the ...