opinion / analysis

Venezuela

Maduro's Crimes Don't Make Juan Guaido President Of Venezuela

More than two years after the opposition leader proclaimed himself the country's "legitimate" lea...

United Kingdom

Northern Ireland: Born Of Strife, Erupting Again In Violence

After a century-long history of political strife, Brexit risks undoing the hard-earned two decade...

Argentina

China And Russia, Or The West? Latin America Must Choose A Side

The region's democratic states must close ranks and work with the United States to protect the ru...

Iran

Tehran And That Other Superpower: China Aims At Iran's Economy

While most of the attention around Iran is related to its nuclear program, an open ended deal may...

Mexico

Post-Trump, Mexico Won't Rush To Reconcile With Washington

Mexican President López Obrador has made it clear that he prefers keeping the United State...

Poland

Religion In Times Of COVID: A Polish Story Of Mass Hypocrisy

The presence of the faithful at Mass, regardless of the threat to their health and lives, is esse...

United States

To Fix The Border, Biden Needs To Look Beyond It

Rather than ratchet up spending on America's already bloated military, the U.S. president should ...

France

Neverending Lockdowns: The Ultimate Victory Of The Virus

The French have been under a strict curfew for months. Now they're being ordered back into lockdo...

Russia

Minsk Or Normandy? Russia Prefers Impasse With Ukraine Instead

In order to circumvent French and German mediation, the Kremlin is leaking secrets to the press a...

Peru

Making Sense Of The Radical Right's Rise In Latin America

Across the region, hard-line conservatives use residual fears of communism and uproar over changi...

France

Risk Lessons, From A Grounded Ship In Suez To A Global Pandemic

A pandemic and a maritime accident teach us the same lessons: humility, fragility and ultimately ...

Brazil

Brazil, The Price Of Becoming The Saudi Arabia Of South America

Petrobras, the state-owned Brazilian oil and gas company, may post big numbers but it has a backw...

France

A Year For COVID: Why Our Political Leaders Were Bound To Fail

Up against a microscopic virus, the world's leaders have failed myriad different ways to do what ...

Russia

Russia And The U.S.: To Talk Or Not To Talk

Moscow and Washington are attempting to work out how to communicate with each other after Joe Bid...

Colombia

Child Soldiers In Colombia: Victims Or Killers?

Underage or not, guerillas who continue taking up arms against the state are "war machines," the ...

France

On The West's Betrayal Of Syria, History Will Not Be Kind

Ten years after the popular Syrian uprising against the Assad regime, we see the wider impact of ...

Germany

Let Them Have AstraZeneca! The Negligence Of Europe's Leaders

As elsewhere in Europe, Germany's decision to suspend the use of the vaccine makes no logical sen...

Iran

Why Is Washington Balking On Iran?

Certain Gulf States have joined Israel in sounding the alarm about a nuclear armed Islamic Republ...

Egypt

Cairo Is Urban Trauma, Postcard From A City Planner

This dearth of urban planning in the Egyptian capital dates back half a century. But it reached a...

France

COVID-19 Exposes Just How Weak The European Union Really Is

Delays in vaccination, bureaucracy and a lack of solidarity between member states are putting new...

Sweden

A Swedish Preacher's Warning About QAnon Fundamentalism

God speaks to me in Norwegian. This will seem treasonous to my Swedish compatriots, so let me explain. Way back, I spent a couple of years waiting tables on a 600-passenger cruise ship on the ...

Iran

Iran Regime Up To Old Tricks Ahead Of Nuclear Talks

With its nemesis Donald Trump gone, Iran's regime has resumed old practices ahead of possible tal...