opinion / analysis

Bolivia

Identity Politics, From La Paz To Trump Tower

It is yet another alliance of ideas that fiction could not have invented. The leftist vice president of Bolivia, who has never disavowed his Marxist past, is seeing eye-to-eye with a certain ...

Egypt

What Nobel Prize Winner Naguib Mahfouz Can Teach Us Egyptians

-Essay- 1988 As usual I sat at the front, close to the blackboard because I’m short-sighted, and to the left, so the teacher’s body wouldn’t hide what he wrote. On that particular day ...

Bolivia

Globalization As Ideology Is Dead And Buried

Donald Trump is not the free market's executioner, but a coroner appointed to quietly confirm...

Brazil

It May Be Time For Brazil To Follow Trump’s Protectionist Lead

-OpEd- SAO PAULO — Donald Trump is horrifying. Still, there's a part of his package that could be quite useful to have in Brazil. I'm referring to the president-elect's threats against ...

United States

Watching The Trump Storm From Across The Atlantic

-OpEd- PARIS — As far as beginnings go, this is a terrible start. As a matter of fact, it's going badly before it has even started. Though American politics has no shortage of scandals, this is ...

Brazil

Uber, Didi And The Ride-Hailing World War

SAO PAULO — The hatchet has been dug up. No surprise there. The truce brought about in the ride-hailing war by Didi Chuxing's acquisition of Uber's Chinese operation in August was only ever going ...

United States

World Economy 2017 Forecast: Lost In The (Bretton) Woods

-Analysis- PARIS — Last year was full of surprises across the world: a spike of protectionist fever in the United States at the instigation of Donald Trump, an anti-globalization wave of ...

Poland

Kebab Violence And Blatant Racism In Poland

-Analysis- WARSAW — In Poland, hatred is clearly fueling violence. But after six racist attacks were registered in a four-day period, this was the reaction from the country's Interior Minister: ...

Gambia

Spotlight: In Africa, Elections Reveal Democrats And Despots

-OpEd- When President Yahya Jammeh accepted electoral defeat in the tiny west African nation of Gambia two weeks ago, voters and democracy advocates alike cheered. Jammeh, who once claimed a ...

United States

Democracy At Risk, A Loud And Clear Warning For 2017

The rise of Donald Trump, as well as the growing power of populist leaders in Europe, will requir...

Japan

Gambling In Japan, A Measure Of Shinzo Abe’s Staying Power

-OpEd- TOKYO — On Dec. 2, Japan’s lawmakers voted for a bill that permits casinos. The aim of the legislation was to boost tourism and revitalize the economy. Gambling has been strictly ...

Germany

A Year After Cologne: The Quiet Submission Of German Women

What has Germany done to make people feel safer after the events of last New Year's Eve, when...

Germany

A Christmas Wish For Europe: Time To Defend Our Civilization

After the Christmas market attack in Berlin, the Western world would be wrong to assume it can pr...

Venezuela

What's Really Behind Venezuela's Vanishing Banknotes

Venezuela is not running out of banknotes due to criminal or speculative hoarding.

Turkey

Ankara Is Not Sarajevo, Bad Analogies Of Russian Envoy Assassination

The killing of Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov has set off comparisons to 1914 and the...

Colombia

Rare Poll Finds LGBT Students Fear School Because Of Bullies

-Analysis- BOGOTÁ — A majority of gay and lesbian students in Colombia feel unsafe in school and almost a quarter of them miss classes because they fear getting bullied, a survey by two ...

Mexico

The Social And Political Struggles Transforming Mexico

-OpEd- MEXICO CITY — "Little civil wars" are proliferating in Mexico. Yet the simmering cauldron fomenting these conflicts could also prove transformative. It would depend on how the dynamics ...

Syria

Why The War In Syria Is Far From Over

After the fall of Aleppo, various alliances of convenience will be put to the test, as the scenar...

Cuba

Castro, Lessons For Leftists Still Defending Their Dictators

Enough with the praise the Left has shamelessly heaped on Fidel Castro. He was simply a dictator ...

Germany

Export-Dependent Germany Faces Reckoning As Protectionism Spreads

The entire German business model, based on exporting its goods and services, may have to change a...

Hungary

Liberty v. Nation, Anatomy Of Europe’s Democratic Recession

-OpEd- PARIS — "The era of multiculturalism is over ..." This was the proud declaration of Viktor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary, back in the summer of 2015. One year later, Theresa ...

France

Spotlight: Crises Of Democracy, Pick Your Poison

We can be judged by our own strength, but also by the relative strength of our adversaries. Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. election was also the defeat of Hillary Clinton, and all of what she ...