world affairs

Iran

South Korea Owes Iran Billions But Won't Cough Up The Cash

While some countries stopped doing business with the Islamic Republic, others keep engaging in co...

Belarus

In Belarus, An Unexpected 'Women's Revolution' Arises Ahead Of Sunday's Election

A largely unknown figure until recently, candidate Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya is now challenging to ...

China

Will COVID-19 Make China's Movie Theaters Vanish Forever?

The pandemic has taken a huge toll on the Chinese film industry. But it's the movie houses themse...

Lebanon

Beirut Blast: Mayhem In A Nation Already On Its Knees

Tuesday's deadly explosion couldn't have come at a worse time for Lebanon, which is also struggli...

France

COVID-19 Travel Bans Are Boost For "Golden Passport" Market

The super rich are buying residency papers and passports from places like Cyprus and Vanuatu to b...

United Kingdom

Iran's Deepening Isolation On The World Stage

The Islamic Republic foreign minister made a series of trips recently to shore up support among h...

France

Rent Due: What COVID-19 Could Mean For Real Estate Market

Real estate markets are starting to stir from their Covid-induced slumber. After months of plummeting listings and frozen transactions, new deals are finally being made and prices have begun to ...

Colombia

How To Conserve The Amazon Rainforest: Pay The Rent

The Amazon jungle provides benefits that extend well beyond the river basin itself. It stands to ...

Argentina

COVID-19 Couldn't Have Come At A Worse Time For Latin America

Protests, slumping economies and the clear erosion in some countries of democratic institutions p...

Peru

Apocalypse Fiction And COVID-19: Why Life Didn't Imitate Art

In the movie version, the contagion would lead to lawlessness and chaos. But in reality, institut...

France

How The COVID Vaccine Sprint Could Revolutionize Research

PARIS — It was only back in May that experts palmed off the 12-month goal post for a COVID-19 vaccine as wishful thinking. Now, with more than 140 candidate vaccines being developed, including ...

United Kingdom

UK: Stuck Between Brexit Isolation And Hong Kong Idealism

London generously opened its doors to Hong Kongers fleeing Xi Jinping's regime, which stands in s...

India

Police Violence Is A Major Issue In India Too

So far there's been little obvious effort to hold authorities accountable for the rising number o...

United Kingdom

Are Iran And China Quietly Forging A Security Alliance?

There are some signs that China may be gaining economic concessions from Iran in exchange for giv...

United States

What To Make Of The Mysterious Melania Trump

Slovenian-born writer Andrej Mrevlje tries once again to get a read on the fiercely reserved firs...

Chile

It's Time To Flatten The Climate Change Curve Too

There are important lessons to be learned from how the world mobilized to contain the novel coron...

Colombia

No Mercy For Conquistadors, But We Can Let Their Statues Stand

Latin America can do a lot more to right history's wrongs than topple the bronze effigies of its ...

France

Race And Ethnicity Data: Time To End The French Model

The country's "principled" approach to data collection does a disservice to people dealing with r...

Egypt

Why A Total Ban On Wildlife Trade Could Make Matters Worse

An outright ban on wildlife trade may exacerbate the situation. Could carefully controlling these...

China

Traditional Chinese Medicine At The Service of Xi Jinping

At the heart of Beijing's health diplomacy, traditional Chinese medicine accounts for nearly 30% ...

Argentina

Hannah Arendt, Redux: The Enduring Power Of The Political Lie

Leaders like Trump and Bolsonaro don't just bend the truth. By using lies as a consistent politic...

China

China's Ticking Time Bomb Of Mass Unemployment

Containing the COVID-19 outbreak came at a huge cost in terms of earnings and employment. And no ...