world affairs

Peru

Tallying The Flood Toll In Peru

After several weeks of heavy rains, Lima daily Peru21 has tallied the death and damage from flooding that stretches from north to south in the Latin American nation. "Terrible Toll" is the ...

France

London And Brussels, Terror Links Europe

It's a pattern that, sadly, is becoming too familiar in Europe. The initial shock of the latest terrorist attack soon gives way to anger, sadness, prayers, and a gnawing sense of powerlessness. ...

France

Around The World, 31 Newspapers React To London Attack

A British-born attacker killed four and injured about 40 others yesterday in an attack on Westminster in the heart of London. The attack coincided with the one-year anniversary of the Brussels ...

Germany

Populists v. Elites: Lessons From Germany, Past And Present

-OpEd- BERLIN — The rise of populists has given way to an alarming reaction among so-called elites. Many of them are blaming themselves for not having considered those who have been "left ...

Italy

In Italian Town Torn By Quake, A Mayor Keeps Taxes At Bay

AMATRICE — Seven months after a powerful earthquake in central Italy reduced Amatrice to rubble and killed almost 300 people, mayor Sergio Pirozzi has declared the town a free trade area, Italian ...

South Korea

North Korean Clan Intrigue: Who Is Kim Jong-un's Ambitious Half-Sister?

Kim Sul-song, the Supreme Leader's enigmatic half-sister, has extended her influence to new h...

Germany

A Not-So-Goode German Newspaper Ode To Chuck Berry

Die Tageszeitung, March 20, 2017 Monday's edition of Die Tageszeitung features a front page that, at best, we can call overly creative. The Berlin daily's editors unlikely photoshopped ...

Ethiopia

A Global Competition For Influence In Ethiopia

Islam making major inroads in the east African nation. China pumping millions into infrastructure...

Netherlands

Hawaii To Holland, Populism Bumps In The Road

The headlines this morning provide two bits of far-flung hope for those still shaken by Brexit and Donald Trump: the new version of Trump's travel ban applied to six majority-Muslim countries was ...

Sri Lanka

A President’s Downfall, Nepotism And A Ghost Town In Sri Lanka

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was credited with defeating Tamil guerillas, lost his bid for reelection i...

Netherlands

'Red-Letter Day' — Tensions High As Dutch Elections Kick Off

Metro, March 15, 2017 "GO VOTE (and send us a pic from the voting booth)," reads the front page of the Dutch daily Metro inviting young voters to go to the polls as the country elects a new ...

Tunisia

After Arab Spring, Tunisian Police Brutality Is Back

TUNIS — Six years ago, the Tunisian Revolution sparked the Arab Spring uprisings and overthrew the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his notoriously violent police state. Now a nascent ...

Iraq

In Mosul, Tales Emerge Of Sadistic ISIS Female Police Unit

MOSUL — Leila Khaled hadn’t felt well that morning. It was the end of August, when the Iraqi summer sun had hit the walls and windows hard, like the wind in the middle of a powerful storm. Mosul ...

Argentina

Argentina Concert Stampede, "Another" Front Page Tragedy

Clarín, March 13 A concert for fans of Argentine music star Indio Solari turned deadly, and the grim details dominated front pages Monday of the nation's newspapers, along with questions ...

Russia

Cyber War Also Spreads Paranoia Inside Russian Tech World

MOSCOW — Slumped on the one of the fluorescent poufs in his Moscow office, a gothic T-shirt-clad Alexander Lyamin says he's "stunned." Founder of Qrator Labs, a Russian startup specialized in ...

South Korea

Seoul Corruption And Female Power

-Analysis- It's just a coincidence, but the symbolism is too hard to ignore. Two days ago, as every year on March 8, the world was celebrating women for, among other things, their "economic" ...

China

In Xi Jinping’s China, The Cult Of Mao Comes Roaring Back

BEIJING — In Xi Jinping's China, it is again a risky proposition to openly criticize Mao Zedong. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) thought it had resolved the discussion in 1981 when it decreed ...

United States

Trump's Foreign Policy, Lots Of Bluster And Little Else

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama delivered State of the Union addresses without a full and detailed discussion of foreign policy, conservatives justifiably complained. We are a country at ...

France

Nasty French Politics And The Laws Of Physics

-Analysis- PARIS — Political junkies everywhere are getting used to the rush of watching election campaigns defy the laws of physics. Just a few weeks ago, the path looked all clear for ...

Iraq

My Mosul Neighbor, When A French ISIS Member Moves In

MOSUL — Ziyad loaded his wife and three children in the big German sedan that used to serve as his taxi between Baghdad and Mosul. That was in June 2014. The jihadists had just captured Iraq's ...

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 ...