What in the world: Black Pete, Nepalese Maoists and the wrong San Jose

San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi warms up before game on December 3, 2013.
Image caption Quick tip: Costa Rica does not have a professional hockey team

A roundup of commentary on and around the world...

Iran

War advocates need to justify themselves

Netherlands

Black Pete: Racist or Christmas tradition?

France

Can France halt its decline?

Colombia

President Santos calls for a new alliance with the US

Jordan

Jordanians unwilling to demand political reform

Italy

Third-world working conditions in the heart of Italy

Nepal

Ousted Maoists

Thailand

Does the middle class want a coup?

One more thing…

US study-abroad student spends five days in wrong San Jose (satire, we hope)