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Poland’s Abortion Battle, Why Free Women Are Done With Weak Men / GAZETA WYBORCZA -OpEd- WARSAW — A recent interview with Polish psychologist Paweł Droździak set off a renewed round of polemics following the massive nationwide protests this month against government proposals for strict bans on abortions in Poland.

Venezuela, Democracy Or Dictatorship? / WHILE YOU SLEPT The shoes were clearly too big for him to fill. Three-and-a-half years after Hugo Chávez’s death, his successor Nicolás Maduro is losing an already loose grip on the helm of his country.

Far From Pharaohs

Twenty-six years ago, cranes were busy working on brand new buildings in Cairo. The Egyptian capital was still some distance away from the Pyramids of Giza, though the modern neighborhoods are now slowly encroaching on the iconic structures.

Digital Data, The New "Paint" For French Artists / LE FIGARO NANTES — In contemporary art, digital data is as much a medium as paint these days.

Iran’s Next Target: Justin Bieber / ISNA TEHRAN — Iran has had enough of Justin Bieber and the Great Satan corporate powers turning out such sinful teenage beats.

Venezuela: Maduro Fails Democracy Test, But Is He A Dictator? / EL ESPECTADOR -Analysis- CARACAS — In the mid-20th century, when dictatorial regimes were imposing themselves across Latin America, Venezuela was a solid democracy.

From EU To El Salvador, Trade Under Threat / WHILE YOU SLEPT This is supposed to be the week that Canada and the EU ink their landmark Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) after seven years of painstaking negotiations.

In China, Local Governments Crack Down On Sharing Economy / ECONOMIC OBSERVER BEIJING — With a GPS chip in every smartphone and real-time access to the internet, online taxi-hailing has revolutionized the way people travel.

Worldwide Safari

Zebras, lions, elephants, alligators, rhinos ... I have seen animals in their local habitats all across the planet.

When You Share A Hometown With Adolf Hitler / RUE AMELOT BRAUNAU AM INN — With its church spires and colorful facades, my hometown has a certain postcard charm.

Turkey, Beware Of Erdogan’s Blind Faith In Majority Rule / CUMHURIYET -OpEd- ISTANBUL — The 2010 referendum to change Turkey's constitution to give more power to the presidency prevailed in part because of the "It Is Not Enough, But Yes" call for support.

This Is Not A Pipe

As Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte would say: "Ceci n'est pas une pipe." Resting for a second on a column in the sanctuary of Olympia, my wife Claudine snapped this shot of me most probably chewing on a twig or a toothpick — for I...

Chemical Clothing, What You Wear Could Harm Your Health / DIE WELT BERLIN — "Let me see, how do you wash this?" asks the girl inspecting the care instructions of a yellow shirt in her hands.

Colombia: The Real Reasons Uribe Sabotaged FARC Deal / AMERICA ECONOMIA -OpEd- BOGOTÁ — The Democratic Center, a right-wing political party led by Colombia's former president Álvaro Uribe Vélez, was vehemently opposed to the peace deal with the country's largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of...

A 16-Year-Old’s Escape From Syria, In A Wheelchair / SYRIA DEEPLY COLOGNE — The first time Nujeen Mustafa ever saw the sea, she and her wheelchair were hauled on to an overcrowded dinghy headed for Europe.

Calais To Lampedusa, And Back Again / WHILE YOU SLEPT Following weeks of planning, the operation finally began this morning before daybreak: It was time to dismantle the infamous Calais “Jungle.” Again.

Infernal Dante

Dante Alighieri is buried in this tomb, in Ravenna. The story of the quarrel surrounding the 13th-century poet's remains, disputed between this city in northern Italy where he was exiled, and his native Florence, is long and fascinating.

Augmented Reality Moves From Pokemon Go To Factory Floors / LES ECHOS PARIS — Pokémon Go was everywhere this past summer. The game's famous Pokémon critters virtually swarmed cities and landscapes across the world, using geographic localization technology to position players and the Pokémon, which appear on the...

Political Intrusion, The Eternal Poison For Central Banks / BLOOMBERG NEWS LONDON — In most of the developed world, central banks are free to set monetary policy without the interference of those who depend on voters for their employment.

Parenting In Our Digital Age, Kids Suffer From Your Distraction / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG MUNICH — Is the internet producing bad parents? In the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, researchers analyzed domestic environments and found that parents are spending an inordinate amount of time hunched over their tablet or...