world affairs

Argentina

The World Cup, Not Quite A Mirror Of Our World

The global soccer competition features teams from a fascinating mix of developed and developing n...

United States

Some Hard Truths About California's Water Woes

The populous Golden State will need more than short-term emergency funding to solve its groundwat...

North Korea

North Korean Defectors Watch Summit With Hope, Trepidation

SEOUL - They are the simplest of dreams. To see familiar streets once more. Or walk along a river at the center of childhood memories. Or throw a big party with wine. These dreams belong to ...

Venezuela

Another Consequence Of Venezuela Crisis: A Sex Trafficking Boom

The economic collapse has created opportunities for Colombian gangs to exploit Venezuelan women a...

Italy

In Southern Italy, A City's Perfect Storm Of Populism

The populist Five-Star Movement and the right-wing League won over half the vote in the strugglin...

Colombia

From Colombia, A Passionate Defense Of Casting A Blank Vote

The choice of two radical candidates in Colombia's second round of presidential elections doe...

France

Watch: OneShot — D-Day, Into The Jaws Of Death

On June 6, 1944, WWII Allied Forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. To commemorate the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings, OneShot chose this iconic ...

Germany

Bayer Can Drop The Name Monsanto, But Can’t Erase The Hate

The German pharma giant wants to do a bit of "rebranding," after the mega merger with the U.S.-ba...

Russia

Telegram: Why Russian Courts Can't Really Block The App

MOSCOW — On April 13, a Russian court decreed an immediate blocking of the app Telegram across the country. The decision came after the refusal of Telegram to provide Russian security services ...

Italy

Brussels Wakeup: Europe Must Find A Way To Work With Populist Extremes

-Analysis- BRUSSELS — It was a colleague from Agence France-Presse who set us thinking a few days ago, by retweeting an interview that Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European ...

Senegal

Spain To Senegal To Brazil, "Other" 1968 Movements To Remember

PARIS — Political conflict and social movements around the world in 1968 made it a year for the history books. The 50th anniversary of several signature episodes are being marked throughout this ...

Senegal

The Female Factor In Senegal's Fishing Crisis

On the coast of Senegal, fish stocks have fallen 80% in the past year alone. The women fish proce...

Nicaragua

Latin American Elections, A Mirror Of Global Unrest In 2018

Governments in several Latin American states are facing angry voters who may remove them from pow...

Pakistan

India And Pakistan, A Virtual Return To History Of Shared Troubles

Using social media platforms, professors from Pakistan and India developed a course that looks at...

Colombia

What Voters Read In A Candidate's Face

Researchers used visuals and scanning technology to gauge how people "feel" about the contenders ...

China

A Once Frugal Nation, China Is Getting Run Over By Consumerism

-Analysis- BEIJING — The "invisible poor" has become a new online — and ironic — moniker in China. It describes young people who earn more than 10,000 RMB ($1,570) a month, a considerable ...

South Korea

Postcard From The Korean DMZ, The Last Cold War Border

Bill Clinton once called it "the most terrifying place on earth." A no-man's land with barbed...

Israel

A Bloody Contrast, 24 World Front Pages After Gaza Killings

PARIS — The world reacted in a chorus of shock Tuesday after the deadliest day in Gaza since 2014, as Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinians protesting at the border against the opening of the ...

Italy

Fields Of Despair: Punjabi Farm Workers Exploited In Italy

A sociologist is helping underpaid, over-worked agricultural laborers organize in the city of Lat...

United States

On Nuclear Threats And Political Decency

-Analysis- From Washington to Tehran to Pyongyang, the world’s attention this week has been consumed by nuclear diplomacy (and lack thereof). Talk of bad manners and misbehaving politicians, in ...

Russia

Uighur Minority Rights: A Subplot To U.S.-China Trade War

Washington is threatening to use the so-called "Magnitsky Act" to target Chinese officials for sa...

United States

Trump's Iran Gambit And Europe's View Of History

PARIS — “Remember the Eighth of May. History may recall it as the day the United States abandoned its belief in allies.” Edward Luce’s opening sentence in a scathing column penned Wednesday for ...