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France

France's Libération: "Aung San Suu Kyi: A Nobel And A Massacre"

Libération, Sept. 19, 2017 Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday broke her silence on the violence in her Buddhist-majority country that has forced hundreds of thousands of minority ...

Israel

Palestinian Prisoner Payouts: Humane Or Pure Hypocrisy?

The PLO gives monthly allowances to the families of Palestinians detained in Israeli jails. The I...

United States

The Many Dangers Of A Worldwide Nuclear Weapons Ban

WASHINGTON — This month, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will open for signature at the United Nations. Signatories will promise never to "develop, test, produce, manufacture . . ...

Bangladesh

With Myanmar's Fleeing Rohingyas, A Cruel Portrait Of Ethnic Cleansing

TEKNAF — They ran, they walked, they stumbled, then they ran again. They're exhausted, starving, some are wounded. They fled with fear and death chasing from behind. They are also carrying with ...

Pakistan

In Pakistan, Arsenic-Laced Water Puts Millions At Risk

BENGALURU — In vintage crime novels, there is often someone murdered by slow poisoning, and arsenic has been a common weapon of choice. It works the same way in your body — slowly killing you — if ...

United States

North Korea Brinksmanship And My Pyongyang Memories

In May 1999, I visited North Korea. I was based at the time in Beijing as a correspondent for a Slovenian newspaper, and it was impossible not to visit the country that had aroused so many ...

Germany

Miami To Mumbai, Can "Sponge Cities" Save Us From Global Warming?

Miami’s beaches and boardwalks have become waterways. Houston’s highways looked like lakes just two weeks back, while halfway around the world boats were replacing buses as the streets of Mumbai ...

Germany

German Elections: Why The Far Right Has Fizzled

For months, the news media couldn't stop talking about them. But now the so-called "disenfran...

Colombia

Extra! Pope Brings Peace Message To Colombia

El Espectador, Sep. 6, 2017 Pope Francis begins a five-day visit Wednesday in Colombia, as the country looks to move beyond decades of armed conflict between leftist rebels and the ...

France

Extra! "Irmageddon" — Hurricane Landfall Hits French Front Page

Libération — Sept. 7, 2017 Hurricane Irma has wreaked destruction across the Caribbean, and the situation is about to get worse. “Irmageddon” was the front-page headline Thursday of ...

China

At North Korea Border, Chinese Fish Market Smells Of Sanctions

When China stopped importing seafood products from North Korea as part of new sanctions, business...

United States

Metaphors Of Immigration, From Mexico To The Mediterranean

Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall has been a rallying cry and all-purpose metaphor since his improbable campaign began in 2015. But if and when it gets built, the wall would also be, well, a ...

United States

Historical Statues And The West's Ideology Of Self-Hatred

MONTREAL — In the aftermath of Charlottesville, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he was considering taking down a statue of Christopher Columbus because it could be offensive to ...

Vatican City

The Communist Woman And Jewish Shrink In Pope's Past

Pope Francis is not afraid of speaking freely, with his sermons and writings — and a fair share of press interviews — stirring up the Catholic establishment since his election in 2013. Yet a new ...

Argentina

Is Populism Finally Dying In Latin America?

-OpEd- BUENOS AIRES — In Latin America today, what is the future of populism? In Ecuador, socialists in power are discussing among themselves how to abandon populism. President Lenin Moreno ...

Vietnam

Not Just Harvey, How Climate Change Is Ruining Vietnam's "Rice Bowl"

A vital source of agricultural crops, fish and shrimp, the Mekong Delta is Vietnam's most fer...

North Korea

North Korea, Time To Face The Music

-Analysis- As Kim Jong-un again edges the world closer to an unthinkable nuclear showdown, the tribulations of a humble music store owner in Berlin may help explain why it’s so hard to figure ...

Yemen

Yemen, Al-Qaeda's Laboratory For "Invisible" Relaunch

AQAP, the local al-Qaeda branch, is determined to learn from its mistakes. They've learned th...

Nigeria

Black Gold's Shadow, How Oil Poisoned The Niger Delta

OGONI REGION — Stanley, 40, once considered becoming a fighter. He says he already has a small stash of Kalashnikov assault rifles hidden somewhere. He's not boasting. That's just how things are ...

China

Asia To Africa, Demographic Dividends And Disasters In The Year 2100

Climate change is already affecting people's lives, even as some may try to deny it. If nothing is done to curtail it, the impact will be much more pronounced in the coming years and decades, not ...

United States

German Daily Turns Trump Into Rambo After Afghan Policy Reversal

Die Tageszeitung's Aug. 23 frontpage German daily Die Tageszeitung showed no photoshopping restraint on its Wednesday front page, in reaction to Donald Trump’s decision to send more troops ...

India

Signs Of Resistance To India's Glaring Social Apartheid

Discrimination and exploitation are deeply rooted in India. But rather than silently endure, some...