from The Great Debate:

Germany can take that smug look off its face

April 1, 2016

A homeless man sleeps amongst his possessions inside a bus stop at Berlin's Kreuzberg district, April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)

A homeless man sleeps among his possessions inside a bus stop at Berlin's Kreuzberg district, April 8, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

from The Great Debate:

Europe’s got its own Donald Trumps

December 10, 2015

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump views his Scottish golf course at Turnberry.
Action Images via Reuters/Russell Cheyne

from The Great Debate:

Eternal Paris lives on

November 17, 2015

The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris, France, November 16, 2015, to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks on Friday in the French capital.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau       - RTS7EWR

The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colors of the French flag in Paris, November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

from India Insight:

Star-crossed romance charms movie audiences in Kerala

November 3, 2015

An Indian film about a pair of real-life star-crossed lovers has hit a raw nerve amid concerns over rising religious intolerance in the country.

from India Insight:

Meet Mangla Charan Mishra, ‘Friend of the Dead’

April 30, 2015

If you ever find yourself driving down the secluded, dusty National Highway 96 in the remote Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, you probably will notice a billboard flashing this message in Hindi: “If you find any unclaimed dead body, inform us. We will cremate it in accordance with full religious procedures.”

from The Great Debate:

To become ‘French,’ abandon who you are

January 16, 2015


PHOTO (TOP): A young Muslim girl has two French flags and a headband reading "Fraternity" on her headscarf while marching to protest a French ban on religious symbols in state schools, Paris, January 31, 2004. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

from The Great Debate:

Despite the headlines, progress in Myanmar isn’t slipping away

November 19, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama and opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi hold a press conference after their meeting at her residence in Yangon

Is Myanmar’s reform effort going into reverse?

Not even close. Yet if international support for its political transition seriously weakens in the face of recent setbacks, the prophecies of Myanmar’s critics may be fulfilled. The international community needs to show staying power and accept that the road to reform is long.

from The Great Debate:

Avoid a classic blunder: Stay out of religious wars in the Middle East

September 16, 2014

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Muslims in the Middle East are fighting wars of religion. Like the carnage between Protestants and Catholics that haunted Northern Ireland during the last third of the 20th century, there is little anyone can do until local peoples crave peace so intensely they are willing to cultivate it.

from Photographers' Blog:

Behind bars in Central African Republic

April 7, 2014

Bangui, Central African Republic

By Siegfried Modola

Decades of poor governance in Central African Republic followed by over a year of sectarian conflict and chronic insecurity has crippled even the most basic government services in the country.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

In Nairobi mall, a layered ‘clash of civilizations’

September 25, 2013

What can we make of the terrible events in Nairobi, where innocent shopping trips turned into a bloodbath? It is usual to think of such horrors as acts of senseless killing. For every civilized person, the slaughter is inexcusable and incomprehensible. But in this case, as in so many others, it is not inexplicable.