L'ennemi de votre ennemi est-il forcément votre ami? Pas si cet ami présumé est l'Alliance du Nord, la coalition anti-Talibans qui contrôle moins de 10% du territoire afghan. En dépit d'une aide massive aussi bien de la Russie que de l'Iran, ce mouvement de résistance paraissait au bord de l'effondrement bien avant que les tueurs à gages d'Oussama ben Laden ne tuent son leader charismatique, le général Massoud, quelques jours avant les attaques terroristes sur l'Amérique. Les événements du 11 septembre ont replacé l'Alliance sur la carte. Elle se prépare maintenant à lancer sa propre attaque sur Kaboul, avec ou sans l'approbation des États-Unis. Ses dirigeants rassemblent une force de police de 2000 hommes pour patrouiller la capitale afghane quand l'Alliance prendra la ville, si elle la reprend.
In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently sold out the blue-collar, socially conservative whites who brought him to power, while pursuing policies to enrich his fellow plutocrats.
Sooner or later, Trump's core supporters will wake up to this fact, so it is worth asking how far he might go to keep them on his side.
A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," for which he spent $450.3 million. Had he given the money to the poor, as the subject of the painting instructed another rich man, he could have restored eyesight to nine million people, or enabled 13 million families to grow 50% more food.
While many people believe that technological progress and job destruction are accelerating dramatically, there is no evidence of either trend. In reality, total factor productivity, the best summary measure of the pace of technical change, has been stagnating since 2005 in the US and across the advanced-country world.
The Bollywood film Padmavati has inspired heated debate, hysterical threats of violence, and a ban in four states governed by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party – all before its release. The tolerance that once accompanied India’s remarkable diversity is wearing thin these days.
The Hungarian government has released the results of its "national consultation" on what it calls the "Soros Plan" to flood the country with Muslim migrants and refugees. But no such plan exists, only a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign to help a corrupt administration deflect attention from its failure to fulfill Hungarians’ aspirations.
French President Emmanuel Macron wants European leaders to appoint a eurozone finance minister as a way to ensure the single currency's long-term viability. But would it work, and, more fundamentally, is it necessary?
The US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel comes in defiance of overwhelming global opposition. The message is clear: the Trump administration is determined to dictate the Israeli version of peace with the Palestinians, rather than to mediate an equitable agreement between the two sides.
The Year Ahead 2018
The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what will define the year ahead.