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 December 27, 2012

After Vote, Tea Party Finds Friends Hard to Come by ; Group, Lacking Leverage, Narrows Its Agenda as Republicans Pull Back
The portrayal of the once-surging movement as a distraction to the party is gaining traction at a time when movement leaders themselves seem to be shifting their focus to less monumental issues.The Tea Party might not be over, but it is increasingly...
A Man, an Island, a Reinvention
Over a century, as Ceylon becomes Sri Lanka, the protagonist of Randy Boyagoda's novel "Beggar's Feast" transforms himself.Beggar's Feast. By Randy Boyagoda. 311 pages. Pintail. Paperback, $16; Pounds 10.This gleaming novel tells the story of a Ceylonese...
Applauding Ideas That Rocked 2012
Celebrating the best solutions to modern life's problems, David Pogue recognizes ingenious features for the eighth straight year.Good evening, and welcome to The Dalles, Oregon! Here in the cafetorium of James A. Garfield Middle School, we meet every...
Bahrain, a Brutal Ally
America's double standard on human rights has enabled horrible abuses in Bahrain.Earlier this month, Aqeel Abdul Mohsen, 19, was shot in the face for protesting against Bahrain's government. He was covered in blood, with the lower side of his face blown...
Bill to Ban Adoptions by Americans Is Sent to Putin
The Russian president has not said if he would sign the ban, which would be the most severe blow yet to relations between Russia and the United States in a year marked by a series of setbacks.The upper chamber of Parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved a...
Bought, Sold and Adopted in China
Alleged child trafficking rings are revealed often enough to cast some doubt on adoptions, by families in China and abroad. In the latest case, 89 abducted children were reportedly rescued in nine provinces.In announcing the rescue of 89 abducted Chinese...
Briefly: Asia
As compiled by editors of the International Herald Tribune.WASHINGTON U.S. may sell spy drones to Seoul for surveillanceThe Obama administration has formally proposed a controversial sale of advanced spy drones to help South Korea take on more of its own...
Challenges for Abe as He Returns to Lead Japan ; Prime Minister Inherits Diplomatic, Demographic and Economic Problems
The former prime minister returns to the helm as Japan faces the growing burden of its aging population, years of industrial decline and the challenge of an increasingly assertive China.The Japanese Parliament formally elected Shinzo Abe as prime minister...
China Opens Longest High-Speed Rail Line ; Beijing-Guangzhou Route Cuts Journey to 8 Hours, but Safety Fears Linger
Bullet trains traveling 300 kilometers an hour, or 186 miles an hour, have begun regular service between Beijing and Guangzhou, shortening the trip from 21 hours to eight.China began service Wednesday morning on the world's longest high- speed rail line,...
Dancing around the Fiscal Cliff
U.S. budget talks and piecemeal efforts to address the E.U. crisis all ignore the key issue: What goods and services can government effectively provide.Much has been made of the offers, counteroffers and feverish politicking swirling around the efforts...
Domestic Drones
Without proper controls, the use of unmanned aircraft could threaten privacy.The drones are coming to a neighborhood near you. The unmanned aircraft that most people associate with hunting terrorists and striking targets in Pakistan are on the brink...
Energy Costs Weighing on Europe
Europe has poured tens of billions of euros into clean energy initiatives, but the effort has yet to become financially sustainable. Instead, the Continent is likely to have only exported its emissions elsewhere.On Dec. 19, Voestalpine, an Austrian maker...
Ex-Official Is Arrested in Russian Land Plot ; Failing State Enterprises Manipulated in Theft of $330 Million, Police Say
The former official of a federal agency that manages state enterprises was arrested on charges of stealing $330 million in property, a theft noteworthy even by the standards of Russian public corruption.The police have said that they have arrested a...
Garden May Be Home to Healthful Alternatives for Livestock ; to Meet New Demand for Antibiotic-Free Meat, Producers Try Oregano Oil
With demand increasing for organic meat and poultry, food companies have been trying to come up with alternative methods to ridding animals of bacteria without administering antibiotics.The smell of oregano wafting from Scott Sechler's office is so strong...
German Soccer Machine Humming Anew ; Grass-Roots Investments Start to Pay off on Field after Period of Stagnation
In much the way Germany rebuilt its economy, the country has devoted its abundant energy and resources to developing soccer talent, resulting in a global powerhouse for years to come.The resurgence of German soccer began, like the country's economic...
Hard Line, for Now, on Graft ; China's Tolerance Drops for Officials Who Once Lied and Stole with Impunity
A flurry of revelations suggests that the country's new leaders may be more serious than their predecessors about trying to tame the corruption that afflicts state-run companies and local governments.The Chinese have become largely inured to tales of...
Idled City Airports Find Second Life as Housing Developments ; Mixed-Use Communities Seen as Successful Way to Revive Old Properties
Unused airports like Stapleton in Denver and Robert Mueller Municipal in Austin, Texas, are being converted into mixed-use communities.When excavators digging on the land that was formerly Stapleton Airport in Denver unearthed an old Cessna, J.W. Duff,...
Investors Brace for Plunge over Fiscal Cliff ; Economists Say Markets Could Tumble If Deadlock on U.S. Budget Persists
If a deal is not struck by Jan. 1, some hits -- like an increase of two percentage points in payroll taxes -- would be felt immediately. But many others would be spread out between Jan. 1 and September.Quick action by President Barack Obama and Congress...
Iran Reports Attacks on Computer Systems
Accounts in the official press did not specify who was responsible, when the attacks were carried out or how they were thwarted but strongly suggested that they had originated in the United States and Israel.Iran has reported a number of new cyberattacks,...
Joyous Irish Gathering Comes with a Dark Side ; Some of the Nomads, Police Say, Get Rich on Illegal Rhino Horn Trade
Every Christmas, when Irish travelers return to their spiritual home of Rathkeale, armed police officers patrol the streets 24 hours a day to deter internecine feuds and other disorderly conduct.Christmas in Ireland is a time of homecomings, with joyous...
Latest Blow for Assad as a Top General Flees Country ; despite Defection, Syria Leader's Inner Core Appears to Be Holding
The defector, Maj. Gen. Abdul Azia Jassem al-Shallal, said he had taken the step because of what he called the Syrian military's deviation from "its fundamental mission to protect the nation."Syria's embattled leadership suffered a new setback Wednesday with...
Leftist Gains Prominence in Egypt ; Dismaying Some in West, Constitutional Fight Lifts Leader with Populist Ideas
The campaign against Egypt's new Constitution helped lift the standing of Hamdeen Sabahi, an opposition leader with populist ideas that some economists and Western backers consider reckless.Hamdeen Sabahi was the most popular leader in the fight against Egypt's...
Maybe He's Just Not That into Your Credit Score ; Potential Partners' Debt and Payment Histories Can Drive Dating Choices
Particularly in the United States, the credit score, a formula that incorporates outstanding debt and payment histories, has become an increasingly important number -- even in dating decisions.As she nibbled on strawberry shortcake, Jessica LaShawn,...
Microsoft Is Struck by a Bolt from Google Cloud ; Search Giant Is Winning Clients for Its Low-Cost Package of Business Tools
It long seemed that Google's business software suite would appeal mostly to small businesses and start-ups, but the notion is catching on with larger enterprises -- in large part because of price.It has taken years, but Google seems to be cutting into Microsoft's...
Motive a Mystery in Afghan Killing ; Interrogators Perplexed by Female Officer Who Shot American Adviser
Was she an Iranian agent, as Afghan officials suggested after they found her Iranian passport at home? Was she mentally ill? Even her interrogators were left perplexed.Sergeant Nargis went to work with murder on her mind.By the end of the morning, she...
New Packages Aimed at Young Oenophiles
Targeting millennials, wine sellers have begun offering their products in nontraditional packages, including cans, pouches and stacked plastic cups, and are promoting them through social media.Persuading people to drink anything other than bottled wine...
No Barricades for the Tears in Onscreen 'Les Miserables'
The film adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel arrives after more than 25 years as a stage-musical sensation.Les Miserables. Directed by Tom Hooper. In the first long act of "Les Miserables," Anne Hathaway opens her mouth, and the agony, passion and...
Oil's Lure Turns Youths Away from Education ; U.S. Energy Boom Offers High School Graduates a Lucrative but Risky Path
In a lucrative but risky decision, some teenagers in Montana are choosing the oil fields over universities, forgoing higher education for jobs with salaries that can start at $50,000 a year.For most high school seniors, a college degree is the surest...
Orphans as Pawns
Barring U.S. citizens from adoptions is a cynical and cruel response to a new American human rights law.Russian legislators looking to retaliate against a new American human rights law have settled on an exceptionally vulnerable target: Russian orphans....
Our Failed Approach to Schizophrenia
In our concern for the rights of people with mental illness, we have come to neglect the rights of ordinary Americans to be safe from the fear of being shot.Too many pendulums have swung in the wrong directions in the United States. I am not referring...
Out with the Old Anxiety
In the new year, as I face my last quarter-century, I resolve to be rid of my most marked trait: extreme anxiety.Middle age arrives not with a birthday, with 48 candles on an angel food cake, but with a sudden unbidden insight in the middle of a sleepless...
Refugees to Italy Find Asylum, and Then Neglect ; African Immigrants Live without Hope of Aid or Integration, Agencies Say
The country has a good record of granting asylum status, but a disgraceful follow-through, refugee agencies say, which has resulted in an expanding population of refugees in shantytowns.The abandoned building on the outskirts of Rome, colloquially known...
Revenge, Served Tarantino Style
Quentin Tarantino's bloody movie meditation on the history of slavery in the United States inverts some standard American literary conventions.Django Unchained. Directed by Quentin Tarantino. "It's better than 'Lincoln,"' my teenage daughter said, as...
Richard Baum, 72, Creator of Renowned China Forum
Mr. Baum presided over Chinapol, an online discussion group that has become an essential forum for many experts, diplomats and journalists.Richard Baum, who presided over Chinapol, an online discussion group about China that has become an essential forum...
Russia Draws Carmakers with Rise of Bourgeoisie ; G.M. and Volkswagen among Those Filling Void Left by Local Producers
Trickle-down oil wealth and the spread of easily accessible financing are lifting sales, which rose 40 percent in the first half of this year.Sleek and glistening, the General Motors sedans creep off the assembly line here. They are as new as cars can...
Softening Up Some Literary Lions ; German City Seeks Ways to Make Treasured Writers Accessible in a Digital Age
A city with an exceptional literary tradition, Lubeck, Germany, is at pains to showcase the lives and works of two of its most famous sons: Thomas Mann and Gunter Grass.The latest sensation from the literary lion Thomas Mann is more than a century old...
Spurning U.S., Bolivia Goes Own Way to Control Coca
Under President Evo Morales, the country has pursued a tightly regulated approach to growing coca. One result is a significant drop in plantings.There is nothing clandestine about Julian Rojas's coca plot, which is tucked deep within acres of banana...
Talent Fulfilled, West Indies and South Africa Rose to Top
West Indies and South Africa were the best teams in the cricket year, the best individual story belonged to Marlon Samuels, and there was never a dull moment with Kevin Pietersen.Historically, West Indies and South Africa are cricketing opposites --...
The Best and Worst Deal Makers in 2012
It was a busy year for Wall Street, and the Deal Professor offers his choices for the best and worst deals this year.It is time to award the Dealbook A's, the grade for the best deals and deal makers of 2012. Unfortunately, there were also a large number...
The N.B.A. Christmas Gift That Keeps on Giving
A day off would have been a merciful itinerary, but for roughly 450 of the world's best basketball players, this is the life they have chosen, and many cherish: work on Christmas.Eighteen grueling years as a professional basketball player and Jerry Stackhouse...
The Netherlands Tries Hard to Make a Splash ; Shaped like a Bathtub, Museum Is a Throwback to an Indulgent Era
Amsterdam's new Stedelijk is a throwback to an indulgent era of money-fueled, headline-hungry, erratically ingenious museum designs that began to peter out with the global economy.Offhand I can't recall seeing a more ridiculous looking building than...
The Right Defense Secretary
Chuck Hagel is out of the mainstream. That is exactly why his voice would be valuable right now.In case you haven't heard, President Obama is considering appointing Chuck Hagel, a former U.S. senator from Nebraska and a Purple Heart winner, as the next...
U.S. Regulator Is Caught in Middle of Gun Debate
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lacks a permanent leader and a central database of gun transations.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been without a permanent director for six years, as President...
Where One Woman Rules, on the Screen as in Real Life ; India's Many Soap Operas Reflect Hard Family Reality, with a Glamorous Twist
Television in India occasionally tests the boundaries, but nearly every soap opera seems to circle back to marriage and the relatives who come with it.Mothers-in-law are not a joke on Indian television.They are the law.Soap operas dominate prime time...
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