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 23, 2013

After 50 Years, Uneasy Partners
Significant, often devilish, differences between France and Germany persist despite five decades of friendship, formalized by the Elysee Treaty, and an enormous day-to-day cooperation.To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, a landmark...
A Green Bulb Makes Headway ; LED Prices Have Fallen, as Consumers Turn from Old-Style Incandescents
Although the bulbs cost about 20 times as much as old-fashioned incandescents, prices for LED bulbs are steadily falling as retailers aggressively sell them and manufacturers improve the technology.The lighting industry has finally come up with an energy- efficient...
Airports Go Upscale to Keep Stress Levels Down
Upscale features like tablet computers at your table are part of a global trend, and even small airports are getting in on the act.On a recent business trip to New York, Joe Pullin of Novi, Michigan, did something he would have considered unthinkable...
A Jolt from Japan's Doldrums? ; Prime Minister Hopes Reflationary Policies Will Finally Revive Growth
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes to blaze a trail away from the deep cuts and lean economics that some claim have held Japan back for decades.Perhaps the pendulum was destined to swing back. Japan, once lauded an economic miracle, has spent much of the...
A Map of Human Dignity
In his inaugural remarks, President Obama connected three places to one quest for a better America.Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall. The alliteration of that litany made it seem obvious and inevitable, a bit of poetry just there for the taking. Just waiting...
A Must-Have 'Depraved' Tale ; French Library Seeks Marquis De Sade's Story as a National Treasure
Bruno Racine, director of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, wants to pay $5 million the manuscript of the Marquis de Sade's "The 120 Days of Sodom.""The 120 Days of Sodom," by the Marquis de Sade, is one of the most perverse works of 18th-century...
Annual Checkup Comes under Scrutiny ; Recent Studies Challenge the Need to See Doctor When All Is Otherwise Well
Recent studies challenge the need to visit the doctor when all is well"Go Beyond Your Father's Annual Physical. Live Longer, Feel Better." This sales pitch for the Princeton Longevity Center's "comprehensive exam" promises, for $5,300, to take "your...
Atari Hopes to Rebound with Bankruptcy Filing ; Court Request Part of Bid to Divide U.S. Subsidiary from Its French Parent
Atari Interactive has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States as part of an effort to separate itself from its French parent, Atari S.A.Nearly three decades after Atari closed the doors on its first iteration, the video game pioneer is trying...
At Davos, Seeking Solid Ground in a Restive Age ; Problems of the Era Defy Economic Solutions, and Way Ahead Is Unclear
As the World Economic Forum convenes, the days in which quants and algorithms reigned supreme are gone, their increasingly untrackable results having helped the financial system spin out of control.In certain ways, the very setting of the World Economic...
A Woodland Fable
At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld put the emphasis on shoulders and, as always, the inventive work of his ateliers.The surreal walk through the woods -- flat flowers glowing like fireflies and models' shoulders framed as if in a portrait -- was Chanel's take...
Bali Court Sentences Briton to Die in Drug Case ; Defendant, 56, Said Gang Threatened to Hurt Family If She Didn't Carry Parcel
Officials said Lindsay June Sandiford brought $2.5 million in cocaine onto the resort island; she says she was forced by a gang to carry the drugs. An alleged accomplice was set for sentencing Wednesday.A British woman was sentenced to death by an Indonesian...
Big Earners Expect to Lose a Big Deduction
Rather than trying to stop the raising of taxes on carried interest income outright, lawyers and executives behind the scenes are trying to minimize the hit if it happens.As Washington grapples with the country's fiscal troubles, the U.S. private equity...
Bold Changes Elude India ; Policy Makers Resort to Short-Term Expedience despite Ambitious Goals
Economic progress has been hurt by politics -- the basic, spit- and-sawdust business of winning elections and retaining power.Six years ago, the official Indian delegation to the World Economic Forum put together "India Everywhere," a blizzard of promotions...
Bolshoi Ballet Leader Says He Was Refused Protection ; Artistic Director Recounts Being Told to Be 'Brave' in the Face of Threats
Sergei Filin said he asked the theater's general director for protection after receiving threats but was refused and told instead to "be brave and find the strength within yourself to not react to these threats."Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet artistic...
Briefly: Health
As compiled by editors of the International Herald Tribune.Neuroscience An older brain can become too full for new memoriesLearning becomes more difficult as we age not because we have trouble absorbing new information, but because we fail to forget...
Bringing Fresh Interpretations to Verdi and Handel ; in Vienna and Venice, Divergent Productions Address Big Challenges
Productions of Verdi in Venice and Handel in Vienna work hard to bring freshness to well-used material."I Masnadieri" is Verdi's most interesting failure. Coming after the artistic breakthrough of "Macbeth," it arose under circumstances propitious for...
Budget Cuts Worldwide Are Blamed in Job Losses ; Global Unemployment Is on Track to Reach 202 Million, U.N. Says
High jobless rates, especially in the developed world, are weighing on demand and holding back economic growth, a United Nations agency said.More than 197 million people worldwide are jobless, and an additional 39 million have simply given up looking...
Calls for Change in China Get Louder, with Unpredictable Consequences ; Protests over Free Speech and Environment Show a Willingness to Test Limits
The question is whether this will lead to greater political openness, an authoritarian clampdown to restore the veneer of stability, or social turmoil.For two decades after the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, China seemed on the surface like a country...
Canadian Opens Fire in Philippine Courtroom, Killing 2 ; Several Recent Shootings Have Revived Debate over Laws on Gun Ownership
The incident marks the latest in a series of high-profile shootings in the Philippines that have prompted calls for greater controls on gun ownership.A Canadian man opened fire in a central Philippine courtroom Tuesday, killing two people and wounding...
Checking out the Roster of Davos Celebrities ; Some Big-Time Regulars Will Be Absent, but Event Still Packs a Power Punch
Angela Merkel, Bill and Melinda Gates, John McCain, George Soros, Jamie Dimon, Lloyd C. Blankfein and Charlize Theron will be seen walking the halls at the annual event.The minimum $20,000 entry fee has been paid. Fur hats and silk underwear are in the...
China's Information Challenge
2013 will be about the increasingly free flow of ideas inside China, and the anxiety it creates for its leaders.Even on the best of days, China's leaders are a risk-averse bunch. So when anti-censorship protests erupted in China on Jan. 7 and spread...
Coach Finds the Tougher Job Is Life as a Tennis Dad ; for Slovak, Stressful Part of the Australian Open Is Watching Daughter Lose
Marian Vajda has coached Novak Djokovic for years, but he found himself even more nervous when his 17-year old daughter, Natalia Vajdova, took the court in Melbourne.The most stressful part of the Slovak coach Marian Vajda's day might have come in the...
Cold Feet before the Wedding? ; How Gut Instincts Can Play a Role in Making Big Real-Life Decisions
Research into decision-making shows that feelings of doubt before a marriage are often harbingers of trouble down the road.His charisma was big enough to make his bad habits seem small, more like quirks than flaws. The cigarettes on his breath; the extra weight...
Country Voices in the Big City ; Based in Brooklyn, the Lone Bellow Is Poised to Take a Bigger Stage
The Lone Bellow, based in Brooklyn, is poised to take their Southern-influenced stomping, acoustic sound to a bigger stage.With its stately brownstones and trendy cafes, the Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn might seem an unlikely place to produce...
Dealing with a Devil in Disguise ; Scientists in Race to Save Beloved Marsupial from Contagious Type of Cancer
A contagious cancer that has wiped out more than 80 percent of the world's Tasmanian devils has given scientists an urgent puzzle to solve.CORRECTION APPENDED In November, a team of biologists journeyed to Maria Island, five kilometers off the...
Dispelling a Dirty Myth? Don't Hold Your Breath ; in Afghanistan's Capital, Officials Struggle to End Horrific Rumors about Air
The air in the Afghan capital is undeniably bad, but a persistent rumor that it contains large amounts of fecal matter has officials gasping in frustration.It has long been a given that the air pollution in this city gets horrific: on average even worse...
Dozens of Russians Are Bused out of 'Hot Spots' in Syria
A Russian diplomat said no diplomats were leaving and the flights were not the beginning of an evacuation.Buses carrying several dozen Russians crossed the Syrian border into Lebanon on Tuesday, news reports said, in preparation for flights to Moscow...
Dutch Travel Site Aims to Burnish U.S. Image ; Instead of Lowest Price, Campaign Will Focus on 'The Delight of Right'
Booking.com, a unit of Priceline Group with a strong presence in Europe, is introducing a $35 million campaign to raise its profile in the United States.Campaigns for Web sites that offer lodging reservations often feature colorful characters, perhaps...
Eritrean Soldiers Thwarted in Attempt at Overthrow ; Mutineers Briefly Seize TV Station in Isolated and Repressive Nation
Mutinous soldiers took over the state-run television station, but government troops quelled the rebellion, according to people with contacts inside the African country.Eritrea, a sliver of a nation in the Horn of Africa that is one of the most secretive...
Euro Chief Seeks to Calm Tensions over Austerity ; Credit Ratings and Jobs Have Opened a Rift between North and South
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the new president of the group of ministers overseeing the euro, pledged to do what he could to assuage tensions in his role coordinating meetings of finance ministers.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the newly elected president of the group...
Flush with Cash, China Turns to Aerospace ; Industry Eager for Capital, but Deal Making Raises Global Security Questions
Western companies are acutely aware that technology transfers could help China strengthen its military and are taking precautions to protect their national security.CORRECTION APPENDED When Airbus executives arrived here seven years ago, scouting...
French Help Retake 2 Towns in Mali ; Residents Cheer Troops after Airstrikes Repel Islamist Militants
The forces pushed back an advance by Islamist militants who have overrun the northern half of Mali.Malian and French troops have recaptured two important central towns, pushing back an advance by Islamist militants who have overrun the northern half...
Garden of Earthly Delights
Raf Simons sent out a summer couture collection rooted in reality -- note the model's wash-'n'-go hair -- but full of flowers and the beauty of nature.Flowers budding, blossoming, dabbing their sweet spring colors against the greenery, the Christian...
Greece Plans Criminal Inquiry into Deficit Data ; Statistics Chief Is Accused of Inflating Number to Help Justify the Bailout
The head of the national statistical authority has been accused of manipulating budget figures to help justify an international financial bailout.Greek prosecutors called Tuesday for a criminal inquiry into the actions of the head of Elstat, the national...
Her Long, Rough Journey to the Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor writes about her childhood and education -- but leaves out much of her legal career - - in this memoir.My Beloved World. By Sonia Sotomayor. 315 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $27.95. When Sonia Sotomayor was 7...
Inland Clues to Rising Seas ; Prehistoric Beaches Help Scientists Understand Risks of Global Warming
Prehistoric beaches help scientists understand the risks of global warming.A scruffy crew of scientists barreled down a dirt road, the two- car caravan kicking up dust. After searching all day for ancient beaches located kilometers inland from the modern...
Japanese Visit to Beijing Aims to Cool Islands Feud
Meanwhile, the Philippine foreign secretary announced plans for a formal challenge to Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea.A member of Japan's coalition government arrived in Beijing on Tuesday carrying a letter for the head of the Communist...
Japan Raises Its Inflation Target to Spur Economy ; but Analysts See Need for More Forceful Action to Meet Ambitious Goals
But the central bank's pledges to fight deflation eceived a lukewarm response from markets that analysts said had been expecting more foreceful action.Japan's central bank, under pressure from its new prime minister, on Tuesday set an ambitious target...
Leeches, Lye and Spanish Fly
Desperate to end unwanted pregnancies, women have endured agony.Why would a woman put a leech inside her body, in the most private of female places? Why would she put cayenne pepper there? Why might a woman swallow lye? Gunpowder? Why would a woman hit herself...
Looking for a Good Home, Anywhere: 2 Former Phenoms
Both Freddy Adu, now 23, and Frederico Macheda, now 21, are unwanted by their current clubs, and there aren't many teams lining up for their services.It was evidently easier to spot a child star in Hollywood 70 years ago than it is to help teenage shooting...
Making His Case for Progressive Values ; an Unapologetic Obama Focuses on Change, with a Sense of Limited Time
President Obama's Inaugural address seemed unbound from much of what defined him upon taking office four years ago, a man clearly cognizant of time already running down.He did not utter the words, but President Barack Obama suffused his second Inaugural...
Netanyahu Expected to Keep Job, but Little Else Is Certain
Some longtime supporters expressed their frustration with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying it had not offered a clear path forward for Israel.The Israeli public went to the polls Tuesday after a sprawling election campaign...
New Math at Sundance Doesn't Add Up ; Video on Demand Helps Many at Film Festival, but Few Hit Big Money
Most of the 119 films at the Sundance festival this year will still not recoup their production costs, much less turn a profit, despite video-on-demand and other new distribution models.After the premiere of a documentary called "Twenty Feet From Stardom"...
No Easy Start for a Victims' Crusader
Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, wants to bring war criminals to justice, but her power is limited and her skeptics are many.Growing up in the tiny West African nation of Gambia, Fatou Bensouda witnessed...
Normal Kids, in the Most Abnormal Circumstances
As the president's daughters stepped into public view in recent days, they appeared graceful and self-possessed, a testament perhaps to the Obamas' efforts to keep a zone of privacy around family life.In an interview with student journalists, Michelle...
Obama Plans Climate Action, with or without Congress
President Barack Obama devoted more time to climate change than to any other topic in his second Inaugural Address.President Barack Obama made addressing climate change the most prominent policy vow of his second Inaugural Address this week, setting...
Oscar Calling!
Hollywood's big guy is just loving what Donatella has done with her Atelier collection.Hello! Oscar calling! No Donatella, not Oscar de la Renta -- he's taken John Galliano for an internship.This is the Big Oscar. The one that every star in the world dresses...
Police Abuse Is 2nd Terror for Indian Rape Victims ; A Force That Is Corrupt and 95% Male Hinders Any Change in Mind-Set
Police abuse of women is such a concern that laws now forbid officers to arrest or even bring women in for questioning during nighttime hours.Not long after telling the police that she had been raped, a woman from South Delhi looked out her apartment...
President Obama
The Inaugural Address for his second term makes a forceful argument for a progressive agenda.President Obama's first Inaugural Address offered a clear and bracing vision for a way out of the depth of an economic crisis and two foreign wars. His second,...
Prophecies, with Salt, from Davos
Many influential people are gathering this week at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, to make predictions about the economy, politics, technology and other issues. Many of them will be wrong.You are going to be hearing a lot of predictions over...
'Robin Hood' Trading Tax Moves Forward in E.U
The proposed tax on financial transactions has firm backing from Germany, France and nine other member countries.A hotly contested tax on financial trades took a major step forward on Tuesday when European Union finance ministers allowed a vanguard of...
Should Therapists Play Cupid?
Temptation lurks for therapists to play matchmaker for patients.If you are in psychotherapy, there's a good chance your therapist knows more about your inner thoughts and secret desires than anyone else. So, if you're looking for a mate, wouldn't your...
Showpiece Olympic Stadium Can't Find a Tenant ; Long after Games Ended, Bickering Continues over How to Use London Venue
Legacy and sustainability were two catchwords when London won its bid to be host of the 2012 Olympics, but six months after the Games ended, the bickering continues over its future.In "Twenty Twelve," a satirical British television series that mocked...
Slipping through the Clutches of Militants in Algerian Attack
A Romanian oil worker details how he and others made a harrowing escape from the Algerian desert complex attacked last week by militants.After militants stormed his remote desert workplace in Algeria last week, Liviu Floria, a Romanian gas worker, sought...
Stark Conflicts as Jordan Prepares to Vote ; in a Restive City, Many See Elections as Pointless amid Rampant Corruption
A parliamentary vote set for Wednesday is intended to quell calls for change, but in Ma'an, the campaign has focused on the economic inequity and corruption that are a rallying cry for dissent.For two years, protests demanding change have seethed in...
Summits Might Not Be Good Example to Follow ; E.U. Has Gotten into Habit of Intense Meetings That Often Don't Yield Much
Too often, the decisions that do get made come at the bedraggled end of all-night negotiating sessions, with the deciders later seeming to have second thoughts.As some of the leading lights of the globe's business, economic and policy circles gather...
Tentative Optimism for Children ; 'No Quarter' Offers Hope for the Young; 'Hansel' Encourages Enthusiasm
"No Quarter," written by Polly Stenham, concludes with some hope for the next generation, while "Hansel and Gretel" shows the director Katie Mitchell's playful side.Even if this London theater year weren't proving slow to get started, Polly Stenham's...
The Collective Turn
The task of reinvigorating a mature nation is fundamentally different than civilizing a young, boisterous one.The best Inaugural Addresses make an argument for something. President Obama's second one, which surely has to rank among the best of the past...
The Cost of Euro-Skepticism: U.K.'S Influence Ebbs in E.U. ; Keeping Its Distance Handicaps Britain in Brussels Horse-Trading
London's detached relationship with Brussels could also prove a disadvantage in the deal-making culture that prevails in the bloc.Last year the British prime minister, David Cameron, used his appearance at Davos to vent frustration with the European...
Unpopular Scanners to Disappear from Checkpoints at U.S. Airports
Under pressure from Congress, all 174 of the backscatter machines in use at airport security checkpoints across the United States will be removed by June 1.Truly bad ideas never die, in my opinion. So I was not surprised to hear that while the Transportation...
U.S. Cardinal Hid Offenses by Priests, Files Show ; Documents Shed Light on How L.A. Archdiocese Dealt with Abusive Clergy
Documents filed in court offer the clearest glimpse yet of how the Los Angeles archdiocese dealt with abusive priests in the decades before the scandal broke.The retired archbishop of Los Angeles, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, and other high-ranking clergymen...
U.S. Inaction, Mideast Cataclysm?
As Israelis vote, Obama must not give up on the stalled peace process.Israelis went to the polls Tuesday in an election that will likely give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a third term; like the current one, Israel's next governing coalition will...
U.S. Offers Leeway for Griping about Boss Online
In a series of recent rulings and advisories, U.S. labor regulators have said many blanket restrictions on what employees can say online are illegal.With Facebook and Twitter as central to workplace conversation as the company cafeteria, U.S. regulators...
With Nadal Absent, Ferrer Makes His Move ; Fourth-Seeded Spaniard Wears Down Compatriot to Advance to Semifinals
David Ferrer wore down his fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro on Tuesday, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), 6- 2, to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open.CORRECTION APPENDED "Each match is its own world," David Ferrer said on Tuesday, sounding...
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