world affairs

Germany

EU v. Poland And Hungary: Why Brussels Would Never Dare

If Poland and Hungary fail to meet the high standards demanded by the European Union, it shouldn'...

Cuba

Cuba Up To Old Tricks, A New Crackdown On Dissenting Artists

As the world is distracted by COVID-19 and regional leftists turn a blind eye, the Cuban regime r...

France

What The Animal Kingdom Teaches Us About Social Distancing

Monkeys, lobsters and even guppies ... They all have an innate understanding that there's only on...

South Africa

In Rural South Africa, A Murder Rekindles Racial Tensions

The killing of a white farmworker near Senekal is dividing people once again along racial lines, ...

Armenia

Armenia's 'Velvet Revolution' Betrayed By Shame And Loss

A crushing military defeat in Nagorno-Karabakh, in neighboring Azerbaijan, has cost Armenia at le...

Brazil

Bolsonaro And Trump: The Limits Of Their Parallel Journey

Brazilian local elections can be fun to watch. Candidates come from every walk of life, and are notably allowed to use nicknames on the campaign trail — and there have been some true gems over ...

China

With Trump Gone, China Will Lose An Enemy — But A Useful Enemy

China may be relieved to see their bitter adversary withdraw from power. But President Donald Tru...

France

The Covid Blur: Lost In The Pandemic's Time-Space Continuum

The lockdowns have arrived as technology accentuates the passage from ritually organized time to ...

India

How COVID-19 Environmental Optimism Went Up In Smog

PARIS — It was touted last spring as the silver lining of the coronavirus crisis: the lockdowns and travel bans might wind up being a boon for the environment. Air pollution numbers were down, ...

Burkina Faso

Facing Jihadists, Burkina Faso Gambles On Village Militias

The West African country is training and arming everyday citizens to protect remote communities f...

Italy

How Anti-Vaxxers Will Try To Sabotage The COVID-19 Vaccine

-Analysis- MILAN — Now that Pfizer and Moderna appear to have viable COVID-19 vaccines, a range of legitimate questions are being posed — cost, supply, logistics — in order to carry ...

Iran

Inside Iran, Biden's Election Is Cause For Both Hope And Fear

Donald Trump's departure renews the possibility of talks between Washington and Tehran. But the I...

Russia

What The Pandemic Exposes About Russian Dependence On Oil

Lockdowns, travel restrictions and the shift toward remote working have combined to cut global de...

Belgium

Flemish Fishers, Brexit And A 350-Year-Old Backup Plan

Authorities in Belgium say that regardless of how Brexit negotiations unfold, fishers from Bruges...

Palestinian Territory

The Beauty And Brutality Of Occupied Hebron

Also known as al-Khalil — the friend — the historic, contested city is steeped in enmity ...

United States

Trump Meet Mo Ibrahim: African Fix For An American Strongman

-Essay- PARIS — Every aspiring strongman must fulfill a number of prerequisites. He should be skilled at demonizing his opponents and intimidating his allies, manipulating the media and ...

Singapore

In Singapore, Facebook Offers No Refuge For Freedom Of Speech

The city-state's leadership has never tolerated too much political dissent; and now when it comes...

United States

The Biden Administration: A Day-One Geopolitical Tour

Will Biden guarantee warmer relations with historic allies and tougher stances on human rights? A...

France

Biden Beats Trump: The World And The U.S. Don't Quite Agree

More than ever, last week's U.S. election was a global event. And as the four days of collective vote-counting finally culminated in a win for Joe Biden, the rest of the world seemed to react with ...

United States

American Tragedy, Trump Is Taking Democracy Down With Him

PARIS — Watching the non-stop coverage of the U.S. election, a line from Shakespeare kept flicking at my mind. It's a grim image from that tragic tale of love, hate and disinformation, Romeo ...

Italy

A Survivor's Take As Italy Slides Into The Second Wave Of COVID

La Stampa Editor-in-Chief Massimo Giannini spent a week in ICU with severe effects of COVID-19. S...