English Opinion

Selfishness

Our stake in the future - and the past

Washington - Why should people care about the past or the future? That may sound like a perverse question, but it's at the center of two recent stories - one involving the Islamic State's destruction of antiquities at Palmyra in Syria, and the other a presidential warning about damage to the planet decades hence... weiter




USA-China

On eve of Xi's U.S. visit, China loses some luster

Washington - When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that the Chinese president would be arriving, figuratively, in a gleaming aircraft carrier with his trademark "Chinese Dream" banners flying. The challenge then was how to deal with a strong and supremely confident Beijing... weiter




Donald Trump

Trump, an American Putin?2

Washington - He promises to restore his country's greatness, without offering a specific plan. He uses crude, vulgar expressions that make him sound like an ordinary guy, even though he's a billionaire. He's a narcissist who craves media attention. And for all his obvious shortcomings, he's very popular... weiter





Syria

A strategy forms to combat the Islamic State

Washington - The U.S. and its allies, after several years of missteps, finally seem to be framing a strategy for combating the Islamic State militarily in Syria, even as they continue to pursue a political settlement with Damascus. The Syrian nightmare is far from over, and supporters of President Bashar al-Assad continue to insist that the regime... weiter




Greek financial crisis

Allow Greece a gentle exit

Washington - The Greek financial crisis has eased - for now. But many skeptics share the worry of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble that the bailout plan may not work, and that the only way to restore competitiveness and growth is a Greek exit from the euro. Schauble was blasted as a heartless German for insisting... weiter




Internet

The Islamic State's orgy of brutality

Washington - Reporting about the Islamic State inevitably means watching their videos, but that's not something I would wish on anyone. The group has created a public theater of death on the Internet - beheading people, drowning them, burning them, breaking their bones. This extreme brutality is part of the Islamic State's brand... weiter





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