world affairs

Democratic Republic of Congo

Can The Catholic Church Prevent A New Congolese Civil War?

It seems only the Church has managed to curb the ambitions of recent Congolese rulers Mobutu and ...

United States

Obama’s Shadow, White House Photographer Pete Souza Looks Back

Pete Souza has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Life and National Geographic. He's covered the war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks and the beginning of Barack Obama's Senate career. He's been ...

Myanmar

Rohingya And The Risks Of Radicalization

-Analysis- Looking at some of the world’s intractable problems today, we often wish that governments had done things differently in the past. In the future, we may be looking back with similar ...

Nicaragua

Ortega And Maduro, Burdens Of A Shared Destiny

Just hours before outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama's emotional farewell address in Chicago, another head of state was taking center stage down in steamy Central America to let just the ...

Iran

Death Of Rafsanjani: The Meaning Of "Reform" In Iran

TEHRAN — When a major political leader dies, the labels and comparisons acquired over a lifetime can tell us much about both the leader and the nation itself. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a veteran ...

Germany

In Germany: Trying To Keep Up With The Next Terrorist Who Might Strike

BERLIN — One recent underreported case of a 24-year-old Afghan in Germany is a perfect example of how hard it is for security authorities to track potentially dangerous Islamists. The suspected ...

North Korea

Spotlight: Happy Birthday Kim Jong-Un!?

Kim Jong-un will be celebrating his 33rd birthday this Sunday. Wishes and presents are usually in order on this type of occasion, but it's difficult to see any desire the North Korean dictator ...

Argentina

Trump Conflict Of Interest On Display In Argentina Resort

PUNTA DEL ESTE — From this Argentine beach resort, it was business as usual this week for the Trump family empire. But the appearance of Eric Trump, the second-born son of the next U.S. President, ...

France

Ochlocracy, The Ancient Greek Concept That Explains Our World Today

-Essay- PARIS — Changes, disruptions, earthquakes ... We no longer know what word best describes the political events unfolding before our eyes. After former French president Nicolas Sarkozy ...

Egypt

Why Attacks On Christians In Egypt Are Likely To Continue

-Analysis- CAIRO — It’s delusional to believe that simply announcing the names of the perpetrators of the St. Peter and St. Paul Church attack, or that they've been sentenced, will prevent a ...

Turkey

A Sacred Right To Celebrate? 7 Questions After Istanbul New Year’s Attack

ISTANBUL — The New Year's Eve terrorist attack at a popular nightclub in an upscale neighborhood of Istanbul has left 39 dead and dozens wounded. As Turkish authorities continue their search for ...

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 ...

United States

Staff Favorites: Our 16 Best Stories Of 2016

PARIS — Our crack staff of serious but seriously subjective journalists, translators and editors have chosen what we believe to be the year's most engaging and provocative Worldcrunch ...

Turkey

The End Of Turkey’s Ottoman Dreams

Ceding to Russia's influence in Syria is a “rare public humiliation," for Erdogan and h...

United States

Goodbye 2016: A Zapping Video Year In Review

Goodbye 2016: A Zapping Video Year In Review by ...

Germany

Merkel After The Christmas Market

For some, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become both the economic and moral leader of Europe. From tackling the eurozone’s debt crisis to countering Russian ambitions to bucking the tide of ...

El Salvador

Spotlight: El Salvador, A Christmas Plea For Peace

Make it stop! That’s the message delivered this week by an organization of Protestant churches in El Salvador, Central America’s smallest but deadliest country. The group, known as the Pastoral ...

Germany

Spotlight: Ankara To Berlin, Deadly Connections

Another week that will be stained in blood. For people in the West and throughout the (non-Orthodox) Christian world, this happens to be the week before the Christmas holiday, which leads us ...

Germany

Berlin Christmas Market Attack On Front Page In Germany

Der Tagesspiegel, Dec. 20, 2016 "Fear of terrorism in Berlin," read the front page of Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel on Tuesday, a day after a seven-ton truck plowed into a Christmas ...

Namibia

In Namibia, Open Wounds Of Germany’s “Other” Genocide

Thirty years before Hitler's crimes, Germany's southwest African colony was the scene of ...

Ukraine

In War-Torn Donbass, Ukrainians Of Polish Origin Beg Warsaw For Help

WARSAW — More than 60 Ukrainians of Polish descent in the breakaway region of Donbass have asked Poland if they could be evacuated there, a request Warsaw has refused. Instead, it offered a modest ...

Brazil

Spotlight: Brazil 2016, Worst Of Years

The “looking back” on the past 12 months has begun. In Brazil’s case, 2016 may be the worst year in recent memory — and perhaps wins last place for good news of all countries at peace. Sadly, it’s ...