When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Already a subscriber? Log in .

You've reached your limit of one free article.

Get unlimited access to Worldcrunch

You can cancel anytime .


Exclusive International news coverage

Ad-free experience NEW

Weekly digital Magazine NEW

9 daily & weekly Newsletters

Access to Worldcrunch archives

Free trial

30-days free access, then $2.90
per month.

Annual Access BEST VALUE

$19.90 per year, save $14.90 compared to monthly billing.save $14.90.

Subscribe to Worldcrunch

French Alps Plane Crash, Israeli Spying, Flushing Gold

French Alps Plane Crash, Israeli Spying, Flushing Gold

Photo: A Germanwings Airbus A320 — Xinhua/ZUMA
An Airbus A320 carrying 150 people crashed in the southern French Alps near the town of Digne this morning, and French President François Hollande has said officials expect no survivors in what represents the first crash of a low-budget airline in Europe.

  • The crash occurred in a particularly hard-to-access area of the French Alps, between the cities of Digne and Barcelonnette, the French daily Le Monde reports.
  • The flight was operated by Germanwings, a Lufthansa budget airline, and was connecting 144 passengers and 6 crew members from Barcelona to Düsseldorf.
  • Madrid officials say there could be at least 45 Spanish victims.
  • According to Germanwings, 67 German passengers — including 16 students and their two teachers returning from a school exchange — were on board.
  • One of the two black boxes has been recovered, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced.
  • After first announcing the aircraft issued a distress call, the French Civil Aviation Authority said "the crew had not transmitted a Mayday."
  • Plane debris have been found, and search and rescue teams are on site.
  • The weather conditions were reportedly clear at the time of the crash.

“It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy,” a senior U.S. official told The Wall Street Journal in a news story reporting that Israel spied on the Iran nuclear talks. Israeli officials deny the claims, but in a development that highlights an increasingly tenuous relationship between the two countries, sources told the newspaper that the White House discovered the operation when U.S. intelligence agencies spying on Israel “intercepted communications among Israeli officials that carried details the U.S. believed could have come only from access to the confidential talks.”

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appear to have a hard time understanding each other in a photo on today’s front page of the Greek daily I Kathimerini. Merkel was welcoming the Greek prime minister in Berlin — his first visit to Germany since taking office in January — as Tsipras was seeking financial help from Germany for cash-strapped Greece. Read more on our 4 Corners blog.

Three men accused of leading a terrorist attack that killed 31 people and wounded 141 at a train station in Kunming, China, last year, were executed today on the orders of the Supreme People's Court, China Daily reports. In December 2014, a group of knife-wielding attackers, believed to be separatists from the Uyghur minority in northwestern China, randomly attacked civilians before the police shot four of them dead and arrested four others. A spokesperson for the World Uyghur Congress rights group said the defendants were denied a fair trial and that China used the death penalty as a political tool.

The inflation rate in the United Kingdom has fallen to 0.0% for the first time on record, The Guardian reports.

Masked gunmen killed 13 people near Afghanistan’s capital Kabul today when they opened fire on bus passengers, Reuters quoted local officials as saying. This follows two other bus attacks by unknown gunmen in the last month. In the previous raids, members of the ethnic Hazara group, who were persecuted during Taliban rule, seemed to have been targeted. Current Taliban insurgent groups have denied any links to these attacks, while militants who have allegedly sworn allegiance to ISIS have also been accused.

[rebelmouse-image 27088789 alt="""" original_size="325x248" expand=1]

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of crude oil in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Time for your 57-second shot of history.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill yesterday authorizing the use of firing squads as a backup execution method when lethal injection drugs are not available, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The bill comes amid a nationwide shortage of lethal injection drugs. Several foreign manufacturers that make such drugs but are opposed to the death penalty have recently refused to provide the products to the United States. This has led to several botched executions, because some states developed their own lethal injections that proved defective. Numerous rights groups have called for a veto against the bill.

[rebelmouse-image 27088790 alt="""" original_size="610x600" expand=1]

Australian National University scientists said yesterday that they found a 400-kilometer-wide asteroid impact area — the largest ever discovered — in central Australia’s Warburton Basin. The asteroid broke into two before it hit the ground at least 300 million years ago, according to the research team.

As Die Welt’s Dirk Schumer writes, the European Union was built atop the rubble of so much bad history, and was meant to build democracy and keep peace among neighbors. But something has come undone, and the union itself is now in mortal peril. “Now the last bastions of international courtesy are crumbling after decades of a common market and shared laws,” he writes. “Greek officials, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, are demanding reparations dating back to World War II and threaten to enable Islamic terrorists to travel to Berlin by allowing illegal immigrants in Greece to travel northward unless the eurozone backs down on austerity demands. Even Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn't gone that far. And never has a common social calamity, an international showdown, been treated with more cynicism and defamation.”
Read the full article, The Dying Days Of The Great European Experiment.

An eight-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey has found that significant levels of precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum can be found in human feces and could even be comparable with those found in mines. Scientists believe that retrieving the metals could be both an income source and a way to make waste a safer fertilizer.

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.


The Colonial Spirit And "Soft Racism" Of White Savior Syndrome

Tracing back to Christian colonialism, which was supposed to somehow "civilize" and save the souls of native people, White Savior Syndrome lives on in modern times: from Mother Teresa to Princess Diana and the current First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

photo of a child patient holding hand of an adult

Good intentions are part of the formula

Ton Koene / Vwpics/ZUMA
Sher Herrera


CARTAGENA — The White Savior Syndrome is a social practice that exploits or economically, politically, symbolically takes advantage of individuals or communities they've racialized, perceiving them as in need of being saved and thus forever indebted and grateful to the white savior.

Although this racist phenomenon has gained more visibility and sparked public debate with the rise of social media, it is actually as old as European colonization itself. It's important to remember that one of Europe's main justifications for subjugating, pillaging and enslaving African and American territories was to bring "civilization and save their souls" through "missions."

Even today, many white supremacists hold onto these ideas. In other words, they believe that we still owe them something.

This white savior phenomenon is a legacy of Christian colonialism, and among its notable figures, we can highlight Saint Peter Claver, known as "the slave of the slaves," Bartolomé de Las Casas, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Princess Diana herself, and even the First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

Keep reading...Show less

The latest