world affairs

North Korea

Poisoning Relations, From Pyongyang To Moscow

-Analysis- When a hit has been ordered, the chosen method for assassination is ultimately of secondary importance. A “successful” car bomb, stabbing or long-distance rifle shot all have the ...

Libya

New Armed Faction Muscling Into Tripoli Reflects Chaos in Libya

TRIPOLI — As the sun sets on the Libyan capital, the sky takes on an ochre shade over the old city walls surrounding Martyr’s Square. Children play on carousels and the muezzin’s call to prayer ...

France

Have U.S.-Europe Relations Changed Forever?

After Brexit and Trump, Europe is forced to fight back. The precious Transatlantic Alliance may b...

Italy

NGOs May Be Endangering The Very Migrants They Seek To Rescue

-Analysis- More than 4,500 people lost their lives off the Libyan coast last year. And yet, there have never been so many vessels carrying out rescue missions in the area — from Italian coast ...

France

True Fiction: When President Trump Met President Le Pen

After the stunning Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's election in the United States, all eyes now shift to the land of "liberté, égalité, fraternité" to see what modern democracy holds in store ...

Mexico

Mexican Smuggler: Trump’s Wall Is A Business Opportunity

Illegal border crossings won't stop, but prices will rise.

Syria

Three Brothers On Three Sides Of The War In Syria

DAMASCUS – Now in its sixth year, the war in Syria has torn through the country’s cities, sects and social fabric. For families like Um Mahmoud’s, Syria’s frontlines have even invaded their homes. ...

United States

Defying Trump, Texas Sheriff Gives Safe Haven To Immigrants

Austin, Texas may be the first of many "sanctuary cities" that disobey President Donald Trump'...

Brazil

Brazil’s Spiral Of Bloodshed, A One-Day Homicide Record

Among the world's many gloomy corners, it is hard to get any gloomier than Brazil. After a drug war broke out among several criminal groups, leading to huge prison riots and the death of close to ...

Russia

G8 Redux? The Case For Bringing Russia Back On Board

-OpEd- MILAN — Whether the West likes it or not, an old question has returned on the global stage: whether or not to reconstitute the former G8 by inviting Russia back in. The decision rests ...

Puerto Rico

Is Puerto Rico (Finally) Set To Become The 51st State?

SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rican Senate's approval of a bill last week to hold a referendum to give voters a stark choice between statehood or independence looks like it may settle the island's status ...

Poland

From The Baltics To Poland, Militias Rising Against Russian Threat

The arrival of Russia-friendly Donald Trump in the White House has heightened concerns that Mosco...

France

Who’s Left Behind In New Global Arms Race? Old Europe

France has long been the only country in continental Europe to invest in its military. Though oth...

Brazil

How Peruvian Cocaine Is Fueling Brazil's Gang Wars

MANAUS — There’s a gang war raging across northern Brazil. It has led to prison riots in which close to 100 inmates have been killed since the beginning of the year. This violence is linked to the ...

Libya

Libya Chaos: If Italy Fails To Lead, Watch Out For Russia (Again)

-OpEd- ROME — The ongoing crisis in Libya poses the gravest threat to Italian national security, for multiple reasons. Halting flows of undocumented migrants and maintaining energy security are ...

India

India, Where Baby Hatches Save Newborn Girls

In India’s patriarchal society, there’s a cultural tendency to favor boys, which lead...

Israel

Why Wounded Syrians Keep Winding Up In Israeli Hospitals

"We wondered how we should react until they told us they'd been wounded by the regime forces ...

Brazil

After Zika, Yellow Fever Outbreak In Brazil

MINAS GERAIS — After two failed attempts to get vaccinated against yellow fever, 72-year-old José Pedro de Jesus woke up before dawn to get the job done. He lives in a municipality in the ...

Nigeria

Caught In The Crossfire In Nigeria

-Analysis- With the violence that ISIS has sown in the West, it’s sometimes easy to forget about Boko Haram, another Islamist terror outfit, which while pledging allegiance to ISIS has confined ...

United States

Bonjour And Bye-Bye, A Video Postcard Of Obama's Foreign Travels

The end of the road has come for Barack Obama's eight years as President of the United States. From China to Kenya and Argentina to Laos, Obama has traveled thousands of miles around the world and ...

Mexico

How Mexico’s Jalisco Drug Cartel Is Muscling Into U.S. Cities

MEXICO CITY — The Jalisco New Generation Cartel, or CJNG, has long controlled the drug trade in nine states in Mexico’s south and west. But in recent months, the cartel has edged out Mexican and ...

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 ...