International Herald Tribune (France)
The International Herald Tribune is a version of the New York Times adapted for the European public. It works in direct association with Haaretz (Israel), Kathimerini (Greece), Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), JoongAng Daily (South Korea), Asahi Shimbun (Japan), The Daily Star (Lebanon) and El País (Spain). It also works, through its head office, in indirect association with Le Monde (France).
The Darfur crisis has already claimed between 70,000 and 400,000 lives. It can only be solved through a political accord that targets the cause of the conflict and that is supposed to be the objective of those gathered in Abuja, Nigeria. The United Kingdom supports the peace process and it has financed the ongoing meeting with one million pounds, but the advancement of negotiations is quite slow, while negotiating parties do not respect the deadline set for December 31, 2005 as the moment (...)
There are three aspects to be taken into account while analyzing and assessing the caricatures of Prophet Mohammed. The first is that painting any prophet is forbidden in the Muslim religion. The second is that, in the Muslim world, it’s not common to make fun of our religion or others. Thus, these caricatures are considered, even by the “moderate” Muslims, an attack against a sacred person and as a provocation against our religion. The third aspect is that Muslims must understand that making (...)
With increasing worry, we witness the tensions provoked by the publication of caricatures of Prophet Mohammed in the European journals which have been considered offensive by the Muslisms. We make a call for respect and calm and we ask the voice of reason to be heard. Last year Turkey and Spain began a common work about an “alliance of civilizations” aimed at putting an end to the spiral of hate. The current events confirm the legitimacy of our diagnosis and the urgency to act.
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The London Conference on Afghanistan represents an important stage and a challenge for the United States and the international community: an important stage for it will mark the ending of the Bonn process, and a challenge for it will mark the beginning of the next critical stage in the rebirth of the country after decades of war and destruction.
A lot has been achieved since the moment the Talibans were defeated four years ago by troops commanded by the United States. However, it’s also (...)
There is more uncertainty than clarity surrounding the upcoming Palestinian elections although there is something clear: Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the United States and Europe and a mortal enemy of Israel, will be joining the legislature. It is possible that it may win a sizeable portion of votes and, who knows, a seat at the cabinet table.
Hamas’s decision to enter the political realm took long to come but it hardly is a surprise. Unlike Al Fatah, Hamas not only aims at (...)
The election on Sunday of Michelle Bachelet, less than a month after that of Evo Morales, seems that Latin America has unexpectedly moved to the left. Actually, two left wings coexist in Latin America, as shown by the Venezuelan Teodoro Petkoff, possible presidential candidate in December.
There is the Brazilian model which favoured investments and lifted 15 million people out of poverty in 10 years. There is also the Venezuelan model in which social expenditures are made with a populist (...)
The election of Evo Morales in Bolivia should not be underestimated because of its symbolic importance and because of its implications for the rest of Latin America. In a region where the concentration of power and wealth has been always outrageous, the election of a president belonging to the indigenous community is not a minor affair.
Bolivia has always been a paradigmatic country. The 1952 revolution was one of only four truly popular Latin American revolutions (along with Mexico, Cuba (...)
If we make a comparison of the White House statements since the summer of 2003, we can see that the Administration has continuously said that victory in Iraq is imminent and we don’t have any other choice but to keep our current policy. However, with luck, a transparent decision, a more courageous Democratic Party and the support of the Iraqis, the war in Iraq may end within the year.
Contrary to what George W. Bush affirms, our choice is not between “victory” or “defeat” but between staying (...)
When the Aymaran indegenous leader Tupac Katari was executed in 1781 by Spanish colonial rulers, he cried out that he would return incarnated in millions. The overwhelming victory of Evo Morales, being himself also an Aymaran aborigine, seems that Katari was right.
His electoral victory was interpreted as the confirmation that Latin America was turning right. The new president does not hide his admiration for Castro or Chávez and hopes to nationalize the oil industry and legalize (...)
The absolute ban on torture, a cornerstone of the international human rights structure, is today at stake. No one disputes that governments have the right and duty to defend their citizens. Terrorism is, indeed, a major threat and in light of an immediate danger, some rights might be limited temporarily. Yet, the right to be free from torture is not part of these sensitive rights to be suspended. That is an inalienable right.
Many UN member states are not aware of this prohibition. There (...)
How to prevent declining States from being refuges for terrorists? How to turn them into functional democracies? How to effectively intervene in those countries? A decade of work in Bosnia has the answers to these questions.
Ten years ago, the situation in Bosnia could have turned it into a black hole, into a base for international terrorism and organized crime. But today, it’s a stable democracy with a flourishing economy willing to join the European Union and NATO’s Partnership for Peace (...)
Ten years ago we negotiated for three weeks in a base in Ohio and despite all the difficulties, an agreement on Bosnia was signed in Dayton. The important thing is not to know how we did it, but why such agreement was not signed before. In 1995, Washington believed an agreement was necessary and this is what made it possible. It’s true that the military action in the autumn had an influence, but the decisive element was the political compromise.
Today, we have no achievements if compared (...)
In this globalized new century everything is faster and these changes must be dealt with, instead of opposing them. Europe must be part of this changing world based on respect of our values and principles. The European Union is the best mechanism for Europeans to deal with this challenge because together we have the necessary strength to have an influence on the big decisions at world level. Unfortunately, Europe will have to face today’s challenges with the current treaties. It will take (...)
Europe needs reforms. Therefore, firm decisions in key issues at the national and European levels are necessary. Globalization is not a threat, it’s an opportunity. From a positive point of view, the majority of our citizens can benefit from it.
We don’t have to choose between two economic models. Denmark is an example for it has proved that a system can be social and liberal at the same time. However, our economic systems need adjustments to take the offensive in globalization. We have to (...)
When European leaders meet with Vladimir Putin in London on Oct. 4, they should encourage him to resolve Russia’s "2008 problem": the open question of whether Putin will remain in power or not upon completion of his term. The question has become a topic of discussion in Moscow, although the Russian president has kept an ambiguous attitude concerning this issue.
This question has implications beyond Russia’s borders. That is because, since 1991, there is an absence of democratic succession (...)