International Herald Tribune

Founded in Paris in 1887, the International Herald Tribune is a daily newspaper that was, originally, the European edition of the New York Herald. That paper merged with the New York Tribune and became the Herald Tribune in 1924. The Herald Tribune ceased publication in 1966 and the Washington Post, together with the New York Times, took over the International Herald Tribune. In 2002, the Times bought out its partner and assumed control of the paper. It covers news throughout the entire world and its editorial headquarters are in Paris, France.The International Herald Tribune reports on world events, business, politics, economics and sports. Over the years, its audience has changed and, today, two-thirds of the readership is non-American. About 51 percent of its readers live outside their country of citizenship, and 29 percent have incomes between $100,000 and $249,900. Printed at 35 sites, the paper is sold in over 180 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.In 2009, the International Herald Tribune ran a series of articles written by Roger Cohen on the turmoil in Iran and the election campaign of Mir Hussein Moussai, the reformist candidate who sought to unseat Mohmoud Ahmadinejad. As reported, there was an exuberance that vanished after the election and a subsequent clamp down on freedom by the regime, which led to baton wielding police on motorcycles beating people in the streets of Tehran. Alison Smale is the Executive Editor, Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the Publisher, Phillip McClellan is the Managing Editor and Serge Schmermann is the Editor of the Editorial Page.

Articles from January 19, 2013

36 Hours In: Naples
A quick visit to Naples.The southern Italian city of Naples, capital of the Campania region, has a reputation sullied by corruption and crime, both petty and organized. But change is afoot. A new mayor has ushered in initiatives to clean up the city,...
Algeria Raid Frees Some, Kills Others ; Harrowing Accounts of Executions and Hostages Tied with Explosives
Some witnessed the slaying of unarmed colleagues; others tell of having explosives hung around their necks.Hostages who escaped or were freed from their Islamist captors at the natural-gas field in Algeria have described scenes of shock and terror, with...
A Little Something for Everyone ; A Nimble Jose James Returns with Artful Blend of Jazz, Hip-Hop and Soul
The singer's new album, "No Beginning No End," is an evolved production, based on his youthful experiences with hip-hop and indie rock and his later passions for soul and jazz.The singer Jose James's cool and confident new album, "No Beginning No End,"...
An Online Hunt for DNA Compromises Privacy
The exercise illustrates the difficulty of protecting the privacy of volunteers involved in medical research, when the genetic information they provide needs to be public so scientists can use it.The genetic data posted online seemed perfectly anonymous...
Armstrong Confession Gives Little Insight into Doping ; Once-Defiant Cyclist Shows Little Contrition and Offers No Details
During his interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lance Armstrong admitted to using banned substances during his cycling career, but he did not explain how he did it or who helped him.The formerly defiant Lance Armstrong once said, "As long as I live, I will...
Arts Guide
A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.TokyoEl Greco's Visual Poetics Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Through April 7. An early celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco (1541-1614)....
A Rumble in the Rain Forest
TV shows about tropical mining obscure an environmental disaster.The new reality TV series "Bamazon," on the History Channel, along with shows like "Gold Rush" and "Jungle Gold," have elevated the global mining bonanza into living-room entertainment....
Banker Says He Didn't Know Cyclists Were Doping
Thomas Weisel, who bankrolled Lance Armstrong through seven Tour de France victories, said he had never seen an instance of doping on the team.The financier Thomas Weisel, who bankrolled the now-disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong through seven Tour de...
Briefly: Books
As compiled by editors of the International Herald Tribune.Old homicide cops never die; they just shuffle off to the cold case department. And in the honorable tradition of the watch commander known as the Oracle in Joseph Wambaugh's Hollywood Station procedurals,...
Briefly: Europe
As compiled by editors of the International Herald Tribune.MOSCOW Russia to allow adoptions for some U.S.-bound childrenRussia's federal child rights commissioner said that U.S. citizens in the final stages of adopting children from Russia would be allowed...
Burst of Political TV in Israel ; Parties Are Given Airtime to Campaign for Election, but Few Voters Tune In
The campaign broadcasts are a throwback to the days when Israel had only one, state-owned television channel.On the set this week of Israel's most popular political television satire show, an actor impersonating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood...
Consumers Trail Industry in Rebound
Auto purchases, which are a sign of consumer economic health and confidence, remain well below where they were six years ago.The American industrial economy is finally back to where it was in 2006, something that few other major developed countries have accomplished....
Data Suggest No Need for China to Fear Hard Landing ; Pace of Growth Rose during Final 2012 Quarter, but Limits Are Seen Ahead
But economic data also underlined the view that the pace of future growth is likely to remain well below that seen in recent years.The Chinese economy picked up steam during the last months of 2012, data from Beijing confirmed Friday. But the figures...
Dell, the Computer Titan, Finds His Dual Empires in a Buyout Spotlight
Michael S. Dell, the computer-company billionaire, and his private equity backers are in talks to acquire Dell, the company he started three decades ago, in a leveraged buyout worth more than $20 billion.The computer empire of Michael S. Dell spreads...
Even Allies Differ on What's Behind the U.S. Wealth Gap
Rampant inequality is said by some economists to undermine democracy and economic growth by fostering despair among workers and corruption among the wealthy. But what causes it?Earlier this month, Larry Mishel, the president of the Economic Policy Institute,...
Flinging Food to Make Their Point ; Grousing by Berliners Leads Southern Arrivals to Seek a 'Free Swabylon'
A Berlin statue was defaced with the southern German specialty spatzle in the latest episode in an escalating quarrel between Berliners and migrants from the southern region of Swabia.Separatists have escalated a growing conflict in the heart of the German...
For Boeing, New Battery's Risks Seemed Manageable ; Dreamliner's Maker Saw Benefits Outweighing a Potential Fire Hazard
Lithium-ion batteries are popular because they are powerful and charge quickly, but Boeing has had serious problems with the technology on its new Dreamliner.Powerful and lightweight, lithium-ion batteries are the perfect power source for modern gadgets....
Fraud Scandals Widen in Spain ; Ex-Party Official Amassed Millions in Swiss Bank Accounts, Judiciary Is Told
The Swiss authorities informed the Spanish judiciary that the governing Popular Party's former treasurer had amassed as much as EUR 22 million in Swiss bank accounts.Spain's governing Popular Party was drawn deeper into a web of corruption scandals this...
From Inside a Cell to Interior Minister ; Tunisian Cabinet Full of Ex-Political Prisoners, but Liberalism Not a Given
Ali Laarayedh is one of eight cabinet ministers who spent significant amounts of time as political prisoners. Now, as interior minister, he is in charge of the security apparatus that once punished him.CORRECTION APPENDED It was the first time...
Horror at Bolshoi Ballet: Leader Attacked with Acid
A masked man threw acid in the face of Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, leaving him with third-degree burns and possibly risking his sight.The stories about vengeance at the Bolshoi go back centuries: of the rival who hid an...
Iceland's Cozy Cafe Life Runs Late into the Endless Night ; A Relaxing Chat Society and Cutting-Edge Dining Warm Up Frosty Reykjavik
Heading to a dark Arctic city in the middle of the winter may not seem an obvious vacation choice, but Reykjavik makes up for this with a drawn-out and inventive night life.CORRECTION APPENDED The sky above Reykjavik was as dark as black ice,...
Image of Security Vanishes in Algerian Gas Field Attack
Taking no chances, oil companies evacuated scores of employees from Algeria on Thursday after the attack and hostage-taking at the remote In Amenas natural gas field.The rich oil and gas fields of the Algerian Sahara have always posed a challenge for...
In E.U. Address, Cameron Had Planned to Warn of Exit
Prime Minister David Cameron postponed a speech in Amsterdam on Britain's future in Europe, citing the need to stay in London for developments in the hostage crisis in Algeria.The stage for the one-man show was set, the drama widely anticipated and the...
In Late 2007, a Slumbering Fed Gradually Awoke ; Transcripts Reveal Path from Recognition of Crisis to Extraordinary Actions
The Federal Reserve has released its full-year transcripts for 2007, when the financial system and the global economy took a fateful turn.It was August 2007, and U.S. Federal Reserve officials remained skeptical that housing foreclosures could cause...
Insolvent Nations
A legal battle involving investors and Argentina highlights a growing problem in countries that fall on hard times.A recent court decision in a long-running legal battle between investors and the government of Argentina has highlighted problems with...
Jihad 'Prince' Tied to Hostage Crisis ; Algeria Fighter Led Assault on Gas Field and Seized Foreigners, Officials Say
Mokhtar Belmokhtar mounted the assault on a gas facility in Algeria and the mass abduction of foreigners, Algerian officials say.His entourage calls him "the Prince," and after the militant Islamist takeover of a town in northern Mali last year, he liked...
Kerouac's Heritage and Early Career
Joyce Johnson explores Jack Kerouac's heritage and early career in "The Voice Is All.."The Voice Is All. The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac. By Joyce Johnson. 489 pages. Viking. $32.95.In January 1949, Jack Kerouac failed to appear for an afternoon date...
Like No Church on Earth
Lawrence Wright delves into the bizarre murkiness that is Scientology in "Going Clear."Going Clear. Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. By Lawrence Wright. Illustrated. 430 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $28.95.That crunching sound you hear is...
Looking Ahead in Mali
After French forces have driven the rebels back, the hard political work must begin.Chances are that French air power combined with superior numbers and equipment on the ground in Mali will prevail and force the jihadis to retreat in some fashion to...
Making War, Not Peace
Rebels are also active in the Central African Republic -- not for power, but for a slice of lucrative international peacemaking programs.The West is focused on the conflict in Mali these days, but there has also been fighting in the Central African Republic....
Mighty Snowboarding Loses Its Edge ; Phenomenon Has Stalled, but U.S. Resorts Try Hard to Reverse the Trend
There are fewer snowboarders on America's slopes than there were a couple of years ago, and resorts are trying hard to reverse the trend.After exploding onto the scene about two decades ago, snowboarding is now sputtering in the United States, according...
Missiles Put North Korea in a More Deadly Light
North Korea is moving mobile missile launchers around the country, some carrying a new generation of powerful rocket.The discovery by U.S. intelligence agencies that North Korea is moving mobile missile launchers around the country, some carrying a new...
Monument to a City
I often found myself playing the role of advocate for a city whose appeal was far subtler than New York's or Paris's.My wife and I began to unconsciously prepare ourselves for living in Washington long before we actually moved to the city. Over the course...
Myanmar Calls for a Cease-Fire ; Kachin Rebels Were Losing Ground, but Country Was Seen to Be Backsliding
The Myanmar military had intensified its campaign against Kachin rebels since the end of December, The rebels had been losing territory almost daily.After weeks of intense fighting near the border with China, the Myanmar government on Friday announced...
Obama's Inner Circle Speaks
President Barack Obama's team looks back at the first four years. Told in their own voices, the story is, unsurprisingly and perhaps out of necessity, a romantic one.Four years ago, on the eve of Barack Obama's inauguration, The New York Times Magazine...
Officials Voice Doubts on Data Privacy Plan ; Informal Meeting Ends without Clear Progress on Stricter E.U. Rules
E.U. justice ministers reacted coolly on Friday to a plan allowing consumers to expunge the information Internet firms have collected on them.E.U. justice ministers reacted coolly on Friday to a plan that would give consumers the ability to expunge the...
Pakistani Cleric's Deal Eases Political Crisis ; Protest Failed to Unseat Zardari Government but Did Secure Symbolic Gains
The 61-year-old preacher Muhammad Tahir-ul Qadri achieved some concessions even though he did not accomplish his stated goal of unseating the government of President Asif Ali Zardari.Muhammad Tahir-ul Qadri, the preacher turned political activist who...
Pauline Phillips, 94, Dear Abby Columnist
With her comic and flinty yet fundamentally sympathetic voice, Mrs. Phillips helped wrestle the advice column from its weepy Victorian past into a hard-nosed 20th-century present.Dear Abby: My wife sleeps in the raw. Then she showers, brushes her teeth...
'Peaceful Solution' Sought on Hostages ; Many Unaccounted for as Security Forces Seek Peaceful End to Standoff
Algeria's special forces were seeking to reach a "peaceful solution" with a "terrorist group" that was still holding hostages at the gas field.Dozens of hostages may still be held by militants at a remote gas field facility in the Algerian desert on...
Players Pulled Home for Africa's Cup
The soccer tournament, which starts in Johannesburg on Saturday and ends there Feb. 10, will draw 368 of Africa's top players.It is unthinkable that Africa's Cup of Nations, which kicks off Saturday, can end anything like the event last year, when Zambia...
Poll Reveals Backing for Obama ; Most Americans Approve of Job Performance, with Some Doubts on Economy
Ahead of his second inaugural, however, the latest New York Times/ CBS News Pol. finds the America public generally favors the president.President Barack Obama heads into his second term in office with an overall positive approval rating, but the public...
Refugees Flee Myanmar to China as Fight Escalates
Ethnic Kachin refugees fleeing an intensifying civil war in northern Myanmar have entered southwestern China, according to reports by official Chinese news organizations.Ethnic Kachin refugees fleeing an intensifying civil war in northern Myanmar have...
Report Details Abuse by German Priests
The report, released by the Roman Catholic Church in Germany, includes details about the victims, where they were assaulted and the repercussions they have suffered since.A report about sexual abuse made public this past week by the Roman Catholic Church...
Royal Academy Works Magic on a Shoestring ; Using Only Few Paintings, Landscape Exhibition Still Offers Impressive Journey
With little money and few pieces of art, curators in London successfully demonstrate the dilution of landscape art into coloristic impressions.Call it the museum challenge of the year. Successfully tackling a major subject of art history on a virtually...
Russia Angrily Opposes Fine over Hasidic Texts ; U.S. Judge Says Moscow Must Pay $50,000 a Day for Refusal to Return Them
A judge in Washington has ordered Russia to pay fines of $50,000 per day for refusing to return a disputed collection of Jewish books and documents to the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic group.The Russian government has warned angrily that it would retaliate against...
Scramble for Partner Goes Down to the Wire ; Winners' Prize Is Smaller, but Competition Is Fierce for Mixed Doubles Field
The selective 32-pair field makes the mixed competition one of the most difficult to enter at a grand slam event.Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, time was running out to find a partner with whom to saunter into the male-female competition unique to the...
Sex, Jewelry and Bribes Cost Chinese Official His Career ; Employee's Online Diary Brings Down Scholar Said to Have Sold Her a Job
In a season when dozens of officials have been felled by lust for women and money, the downfall of China's top guardian of Communist literature has led to a lot of snickering.Viewed through the lens of the Marxist tenets he so arduously promoted, Yi...
Sharapova Passes Diminished Venus Williams ; Russian Wins Easily on Day in Which Talk of Doping Is in Spotlight
"Definitely not my best day today," said Venus Williams, who spent much of her brief appearance at Rod Laver Arena lunging after Maria Sharapova's ferocious returns and ground strokes.There were shrieks and more shrieks from Maria Sharapova at the Australian...
Shell's Arctic Effort Is Beset by Series of Missteps ; Rivals Keep Close Watch on U.S. Investigations into Drilling Program
Rival oil companies are closely watching to see how Shell's $4.5 billion exploratory operation off the North Slope of Alaska is faring as Shell awaits the findings of two U.S. investigations.Royal Dutch Shell's drilling program in the Arctic is officially in...
Support for Stricter Gun Laws Rises in U.S. ; Tighter Regulation Backed by 54% in Poll; Shift in Views Crosses Party Lines
The idea of requiring background checks on all gun purchases, which would close a loophole that allows 40 percent of guns to be sold by unlicensed sellers without checks, was overwhelmingly popular.The massacre of children at an elementary school in...
The Dwindling Deficit
The budget deficit isn't our biggest problem. Not by a long shot. In fact, to a large degree, it's mostly solved.It's hard to turn on your TV or read an editorial page these days without encountering someone declaring, with an air of great seriousness,...
The Next Four Years
It's likely that today's majority party is going to adopt a strategy that you might call Kill the Wounded.President Obama's second inaugural comes at an interesting moment, what you might call the end of the era of the Grand Bargain. Throughout his first...
Time, and Moments That Endure ; Mad Esprit of Dieter Roth Is Carried on by His Son and Two Grandsons
The works of Dieter Roth, who valued impermanence, are recreated by his son and grandsons after his death.Over the past half-century few artists explored impermanence, in art and life, quite as thoroughly as Dieter Roth, the wildly experimental Swiss-German...
Tiny Islands Are Pawns in a Larger Standoff
As one observer of the region has put it, raw nationalism and fragmented political systems on both sides are the real sources of the quarrel between China and Japan.The drama in the skies over the East China Sea started simply enough.On Jan. 10, the...
U.N. Warns of Refugee Crisis and Details Atrocities in Mali
Fleeing Malians have given accounts of executions and amputations and reported that children as young as 10 had been recruited to join the rebel groups.As French and African troops prepare to escalate their offensive against Islamist forces in northern...
Wine Rankings Pit Upstarts vs. Old Guard ; Modern Techniques Earn Accolades, Threatening a Tradition of Entitlement
A fragile, four-year truce among local producers was shattered this week when several chateau owners said they had filed lawsuits seeking to overturn the latest official ranking of the wines of Saint-Emilion.In winter, when the tourists have left and...
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