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 February 8, 2012

A Bellwether Election for India ; in Uttar Pradesh Vote, Key Issues in National Politics Will Be Tested
Indian politics often seems like a never-ending chess game. In Uttar Pradesh, all those moveable parts are coming into play in a single state.With more than 200 million people, including some of the poorest on the planet, Uttar Pradesh could be the fifth-largest...
A Bright Future for Giants, but a Muddied Legacy for Patriots
New York, coming off its Super Bowl victory, is loaded with young talent, with few critical free-agency losses likely to dent its roster this coming off-season.As the New York Giants left their hotel into the bright morning sun, with their new Super...
'Active' Users of Facebook: 845 Million*
If it is hard to believe that 845 million people are clicking on facebook.com every month, that's because, well, they aren't. Those eye-popping numbers should have an asterisk next to them.On the first page of Facebook's prospectus for its sale of stock to...
Along London's Intimate Edges ; 'Outward' and 'Bernarda' Showcase Large Emotions Thriving at Small Theaters
In "Outward Bound" and "The House of Bernarda Alba," emotions play big at some smaller theaters.One tends to hear about the British theater when it thinks big: musicals like "The Phantom of the Opera" or "Mamma Mia!" that storm the globe or plays that...
Analysis Tools for the Web Masses
Unlike Google or Bing, Wolfram Alpha does not forage the Web. It culls its own painstakingly curated database to find answers. And its creator wants it to appeal to more than math and science enthusiasts.Stephen Wolfram, a 52-year-old scientist, software...
An American Coach in the Middle of Egypt's Chaos
Bob Bradley has said he will stay on as coach of Egypt's national team, even though a number of players are questioning whether to go on after the deadly violence at a match on Feb. 1.A week has passed since the violence in Port Said killed more than...
Antoni Tapies, 88, Self-Taught Spanish Abstract Painter
Mr. Tapies grounded his work in the brute reality of the Spanish street and in the turbulent political dramas of his youth in Catalonia.Antoni Tapies, a largely self-taught Spanish abstract painter whose seductive, tactile surfaces, often scratched with...
An Upstart Investor Who's Not Afraid to Pick Fights
Sardar Biglari is one of a small army of investors who have styled themselves after Warren E. Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. But Mr. Biglari has also developed his own style.At the recent opening of a Steak 'n Shake Signature restaurant...
A Skirmish over Women's Health Gets Political
The outcry that swept across the United States following a decision by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to cut off financing for Planned Parenthood turned women against women.The outcry that swept across the United States following a decision...
As Sanctions Bite, Fear and Uncertainty Stalk Iran ; Middle Class Bearing Economic Burden as West Increases Pressure
The possibility of war and the prospect of more economic pain to come has created a rising sense of panic -- and revealed bitter divisions among the ruling elite.One measure of the profound anxiety now coursing through Iranian society can be seen on...
Auteur's Swan Song of Survival ; Hungarian Director Trades Allegory for Stark Storytelling in Final Film
The Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr depicts the grind of domestic life for a horse-cart driver and his daughter in "The Turin Horse," his final film after a career as an art-house institution.In "The Turin Horse" the Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr depicts the...
Bargain with the Devil
Washington should adopt a realistic strategy to steadily defuse the conflict rather than watch it explode in everyone's face.Almost one year after anti-government protests began in Syria, a disaster of enormous moral and strategic proportions is fast approaching....
Briefly: Health
As compiled by editors of the International Herald Tribune.Infectious Diseases W.H.O.'s malaria estimates too low, Lancet study saysDid malaria kill 655,000 people last year, or nearly twice that many, 1.2 million?Those numbers are being quietly dueled...
Briefly: Science
As compiled by editors of the International Herald Tribune.THE LIFE AQUATIC Sexy tailfin band on male fish causes females to skip dinnerThe males of certain species of fish have a yellow band on their tailfin. Females seem uncontrollably drawn to it...
Can Germany Summon the Will to Lead?
Germany faces the question of how much responsibility it wants to take in the world arena.Basic question awaiting a clear answer: As Germany tries out its would-be status as Europe's international heavyweight, what does Angela Merkel have to say about...
C.I.A. Chief May Visit Myanmar
David H. Petraeus discussed the possibility of a visit to Myanmar, also known as Burma, during a meeting in Bangkok with the Thai foreign minister.The director of the C.I.A., David H. Petraeus, may visit Myanmar later this year, officials said Tuesday,...
Cramming It All in Your Carry-On Isn't the Only Way to Avoid Baggage Fees
As airlines in the United States come up with ever more inventive fees, travelers are figuring out creative ways to avoid them.Let's face it: Those dreaded airline fees are now as much a part of the U.S. traveling experience as long security lines. But...
Defining Patriots' Legacy a Tricky Task
Coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady started out 3-0 in the Super Bowl, but they have lost the last two by the slimmest of margins.Back in February 2005, when Bill Belichick and Tom Brady hoisted the Super Bowl trophy for the third time in...
Deluged by Data? Take a Few More Screens
This doubling up - or more - on displays is the latest workplace upgrade, but there are doubts about claims of improved efficiency.Work in the digital era can feel like a video game, battling the barrage of e-mails and instant messages, juggling documents,...
Detoxing through Exercise ; Vigorous Workouts Help the Body's Cells Do Some Serious Housecleaning
A new study suggests that the ability of exercise to speed the removal of garbage from inside our body's cells may be one of its most valuable, if least visible, effects.When ticking off the benefits of physical activity, few of us would include intracellular...
Eisenhower Family Disputes Memorial ; Delay Is Sought in Project Seen as Portraying WWII Chief as a Callow Rustic
Their attempts to delay approval of the project for the Washington Mall has pitted a leading American family against Frank Gehry, one of the most recognized U.S. architects.CORRECTION APPENDED It is true that Dwight D. Eisenhower referred to...
E.U. Shows Flexibility on Airline Emissions Law
A European Union official said the bloc could suspend the requirement that non-E.U. airlines offset their emissions if progress were made toward establishing a global system.The European Union could suspend parts of a new law requiring airlines to account...
Fears of Muslim American Terrorism Prove Unfounded, Report Finds
A report detailing a decrease in the number of Muslim Americans implicated in plots and violence says terrorism involving Muslim citizens is "a minuscule threat to public safety."Fears of a wave of homegrown terrorism by radicalized Muslim Americans...
Flood the Poverty Zone
The key to this approach is that you have to allow for maximum possible diversity.Every once in a while, the Obama administration will promulgate a policy that is truly demoralizing. A willingness to end the District of Columbia school voucher program...
Foreclosure Firm Indicted on Forgery Charges in U.S
A grand jury in Boone County, Missouri, has handed up an indictment accusing DocX, a foreclosure services firm, of 136 counts of forgery in documents used to evict homeowners.CORRECTION APPENDED One of the largest companies that provided home...
For E.U. Firms, a Rising Risk of Insolvency ; Cut off from New Loans, Businesses Struggle to Pay Existing Creditors
Because banks are reluctant to lend, European businesses may be unable to borrow the cash they need to pay their bills.European governments are not the only ones struggling with debt. So are some of the region's companies.As profits and sales slip, some...
Greece's Political System Is Crumbling but Not without a Fight ; New Talks with Lenders Essentially Ask Parties to Commit Political Suicide
The latest negotiations between Greece and its foreign lenders are all the more torturous because the deal leaders are being asked to accept will spell the end of the current Greek political order.For weeks, Greeks have been in a state of suspended anxiety, waiting...
Greek Workers Strike over Austerity Plans ; Protest Occurs as Officials Talk with International Agencies about Debt Relief
The general strike, the second this year, came as Greek officials continued tense talks with international representatives on the terms of a new loan program.Greek workers walked off the job Tuesday to protest a new barrage of austerity measures demanded...
Hamas-Fatah Deal Heals One Split, but Aggravates Another
The breaking of the deadlock between the rival Palestinian factions signaled a significant step toward reconciling the movements as they prepare for elections, but at some risk to ties with Israel.An agreement between Hamas and Fatah to form a unity...
Hungary's Ills Stem from Previous Leaders, Orban Says ; Prime Minister Defends Constitution That Has Drawn E.U. Criticism
In his state of the nation speech Tuesday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the Constitution was "the first in Europe to prescribe decreasing public debt and keeping the balance of the budget."In the annual state of the nation address, Prime Minister...
India Campaigns at Home and Abroad ; with Economy Slowing, Leaders Rethink Approach to Foreign Investment
After years of taking rapid economic growth for granted, India is finally recognizing the need for new policies and greater investment from abroad.CORRECTION APPENDED When the Indian finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee, flew to Chicago recently...
In Super Bowl Spots, Advertisers Play It Safe
Unlike last year, when it was easy to identify the winners and losers among the commercials broadcast during the Super Bowl, there was no noticeable consensus in the polls this year.Super Bowl XLVI turned out to be like Super Bowl XLV: an exciting game,...
Investment Banking Loss Drags Down Profit at UBS
The Swiss bank said new money coming into its wealth management unit did not make up for a decline in demand for investment banking services.UBS, the largest Swiss bank, said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit had fallen 76 percent from the period a...
Maldives' President Resigns, but His Allies Allege a Coup
Police officers in the capital, Male, revolted overnight against orders to break up protests over a judge's detention and then marched to the headquarters of the military, demanding the president's resignation.The president of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed,...
New Span of California Bridge Designed to Ride out Quakes
The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco is designed to go with the flow if a major earthquake strikes.Venture deep inside the new skyway of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and it becomes clear that the bridge's engineers have planned...
Obama Draws Fire on a 'Super PAC'
Aides for Barack Obama said that the president could not afford to "unilaterally disarm" in the face of money pouring into Republican fund-raising groups.Republicans on Tuesday sharply criticized President Barack Obama's decision to encourage wealthy...
Obama Fund-Raisers Linked to Mexican Fugitive ; Campaign Refunds Cash to Brothers of Casino Owner Who Fled Charges
The campaign said it was refunding the money raised by the family, which totaled more than $200,000, after learning that a brother of the donors fled drug and fraud charges in the 90s.Two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate who fled drug and...
Pakistani Court Challenges Once-Untouchable Spy Agency
Two cases go to the heart of the powers that have given the spy agency such an ominous reputation among Pakistanis: its ability to detain civilians at will, and its freedom to meddle in electoral politics.Long unchallenged, the top spy agency in Pakistan...
Poisoned Pipeline Politics
Canada moves on to China after getting the cold shoulder from the United States.On Monday, Stephen Harper, the prime minister of Canada, traveled to China for a week of high-level meetings. He brought with him a handful of his cabinet ministers, including...
Political Scientist Fires Up the Debate over a Polarized America
The political scientist Charles Murray's new book depicts members of white elites as hypocrites living in a bubble and the white working class as succumbing to moral decay.When Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein's book "The Bell Curve" appeared...
Russia Calls Talks with Assad 'Productive'
Sensitive to the perception that Russia, Bashar al-Assad's strongest foreign backer, had given him a green light to crush his opponents, the Kremlin on Tuesday sent its foreign minister to Damascus.Russia's foreign minister reported a "very productive...
Same-Sex Marriage Ban in California Is Rejected ; Federal Panel Decision Opens Way for Case to Reach Supreme Court
A three-judge panel found that Proposition 8 -- passed by California voters in November 2008 by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent -- violated the equal protection rights of two same-sex couples that brought the suit.A three-judge federal appeals court...
Start-Ups Challenge Makers of Networking Equipment ; Software-Defined Systems Offer Lower-Cost Option in Place of Customized Gear
A small company called Nicira, along with a few other scrappy players, is pursuing what is called software-defined networking, and that could be bad news for networking equipment makersAmazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft already turn millions of computers...
Swiss Trading House to Purchase Mining Giant
The deal between Glencore International and Xstrata, described by the two sides as a "merger of equals," would create a company with a market value of $90 billion.Glencore International, the biggest commodities trading company in the world, agreed Tuesday...
The View from the Belly of a Whale
An anatomist ventures into creatures' interiors for clues about evolution.Joy Reidenberg's trip from Dublin to New York in January 2009 was without a doubt the most embarrassing flight of her life.Her skin gave off a foul stench, like a refrigerator...
Time for Assad to Go
After their vetoes, Moscow and Beijing have the blood of Syria's people on their hands.After Russia and China vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a peaceful transfer of power in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad continued his...
Toyota Raises Outlook as U.S. Sales Revive ; but Carmaker's Profit Slipped in Late 2011 after Disasters Hurt Operations
But in the quarter ended in December, the Japanese carmaker's net profit slipped 13.5 percent, hurt by production cutbacks after natural disasters in Japan and its manufacturing hub of Thailand.Toyota Motor, the largest Japanese automaker, raised its...
Trial Casts Long Shadow over BP Earnings
The British oil company reiterated its desire for a "fair and reasonable" settlement before a trial on liability for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.For BP, even stronger quarterly earnings and a higher dividend could not make up for the uncertainty...
Trustee Details Chaos of MF Global's Final Days
The statement provides the first public glimpse into the three- month hunt for about $1.2 billion in missing customer money from the bankrupt brokerage firm.MF Global first misused customer money Oct. 26, five days before filing for bankruptcy, investigators...
U.S. Constitution No Longer a Major Global Template ; Charter Losing Its Appeal as a Template for Others, Legal Researchers Find
The U.S. charter was once a model around the world, but its influence is waning, according to a new study.The U.S. Constitution has seen better days.Sure, it is the founding document and sacred text of the United States. And it is the oldest written...
U.S. to Slash Embassy Staff in Baghdad
With its efforts frustrated by Iraqi obstructionism and its staff of 16,000 largely confined to base because of security concerns, the size and scope of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will be cut by up to a half.Less than two months after American troops...
Vatican Urged to Give Priority to Abuse Victims ; at Conference, Advocate Says Church Leaders Must Seek Help of Lay Experts
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, an advocate for the prevention of child abuse, said about 95 percent of allegations were well founded.At an international conference backed by the Vatican to discuss the prevention of sexual abuse of minors by the clergy, a psychologist...
Was Chrysler Selling Cars, or a President? ; Conservatives Claim Ad Was Payback to Obama for Bailing out Automaker
Some conservative critics saw the automaker's Super Bowl ad as political payback and accused Chrysler of handing the president a prime-time megaphone.The most talked-about advertisement of the Super Bowl did not have a barely clothed supermodel, a cute...
What Happens to Muscles during a Rubdown
Researchers say they have found what happens to muscles when a masseur goes to work on them.Researchers are learning how massage soothes aching muscles. A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help...
When Royalty and Hollywood Cross Paths
A biography of Wallis Simpson and a gas station attendant's Hollywood memoir find some common ground.Full Service. My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars. By Scotty Bowers, With Lionel Friedberg. Illustrated. 286 pages. Grove...
Why Beijing Votes with Moscow
China has less interest in Syria than in maintaining a diplomatic alliance with Russia.In many ways, China's decision to join Russia in vetoing the Syria resolution in the United Nations Security Council seems an aberration. The veto not only derailed...
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