Guestview: Don’t believe everything you hear — there’s only one pope

By Guest Contributor
November 21, 2014
(Pope Francis (R) greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before a mass in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican September 28, 2014. Former Pope Benedict will take part in a gathering of elderly people at the Vatican on Sunday, only his third appearance at a public event since he resigned in February 2013. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

(Pope Francis (R) greets Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI before a mass in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

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Three assumptions about the Middle East that are just plain wrong

By Orit Bashkin
November 20, 2014

Three Arab taxi drivers chat near a McDonald's restaurant in Kuwait City November 10, 2002. Fast-foo..

The West’s understanding of the Middle East has often been laden with misconceptions—this has especially been the case in the years following the Arab Spring.

Christian sworn in as Jakarta governor after hardline Muslim protests

By Reuters Staff
November 19, 2014
(Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (L) is greeted by Indonesia's President Joko Widodo after his swearing-in at the Presidential palace in Jakarta, November 19, 2014. Jakarta's first Christian governor in nearly 50 years was sworn in on Wednesday, despite protests from religious hardliners opposing a non-Muslim taking over one of Indonesia's most powerful political jobs. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

(Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (L) is greeted by Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo after his swearing-in at the Presidential palace in Jakarta, November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta)

Indian police storm religious leader’s compound to find six dead

By Reuters Staff
November 19, 2014
(Supporters of Satguru Rampalji Maharaj leave the ashram of Rampal in Hisar in the northern Indian state of Haryana November 19, 2014. Police on Wednesday deployed water cannon and a baton charge in storming the hermitage of a self-styled religious leader who is resisting arrest for murder, discovering six bodies in an operation to evacuate thousands of his followers. Police brought out 10,000 people, many held against their will, from the hermitage of Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, a controversial guru who is based in Haryana, 170 km northwest of the capital New Delhi. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Supporters of Satguru Rampalji Maharaj leave the ashram of Rampal in Hisar in the northern Indian state of Haryana November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Muslim, Christian, Jewish leaders unite to condemn jihadi violence

November 19, 2014
(A militant Islamist fighter waving a flag, cheers as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

(A militant Islamist fighter waving a flag, cheers as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Germany warns anti-Semitism is rising on the back of Middle East violence

November 18, 2014
(German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives for a news conference with his French counterpart Minister Laurent Fabius (not pictured) in Berlin October 15, 2014. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier does not expect the United States to put troops on the ground in Syria and does not see U.S. mid-term elections next month altering that, he said on Wednesday alongside his French colleague. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

(German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Inauguration of non-Muslim Jakarta governor delayed to next week: media

By Reuters Staff
November 18, 2014
(Members of the hardline Islamic group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attend a protest to show their opposition to acting Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is ethnically Chinese and a Christian, in Jakarta November 10, 2014. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname "Ahok", has taken over the position after former governor Joko Widodo became Indonesia's president last month.  The sign reads, "Ahok is the enemy of Islam". REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)

(Members of the hardline Islamic group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attend a protest to show their opposition to acting Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is ethnically Chinese and a Christian, in Jakarta November 10, 2014. The sign reads, “Ahok is the enemy of Islam”. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)

Followers of wanted Indian guru hold out against police

By Reuters Staff
November 18, 2014
(Supporters of Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, a self-styled "godman" take shelter under placards as they are hit by a police water cannon during a protest outside the ashram of Rampal in Hisar in the northern Indian state of Haryana November 18, 2014. Followers of a self-styled "godman" armed with clubs and stones defied rounds of teargas from Indian security forces on Tuesday, preventing police from arresting the controversial guru who is wanted on murder charges. Police failed to break through the human chain of men, women and children around the fortress-like, sprawling hermitage where the 63-year-old Satguru Rampalji Maharaj lives in the state of Haryana, 170 km (105 miles) northeast of New Delhi. REUTERS/Stringer)

(Supporters of Satguru Rampalji Maharaj, a self-styled “godman” take shelter under placards as they are hit by a police water cannon during a protest outside the ashram of Rampal in Hisar in the northern Indian state of Haryana November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Cyprus’s Greek and Turkish foes unite to save ancient religious site

November 18, 2014
(A general view of the Apostolos Andreas Monastery is seen as it undergoes renovation in Cyprus, November 11, 2014. On a remote outcrop in divided Cyprus, Greeks and Turks have put aside decades of enmity to restore their shared cultural heritage, battered by war and neglect. Every day for the next 16 months, Greek and Turkish Cypriots will be working on the Apostolos Andreas monastery, an imposing two-storey sandstone structure dedicated to St Andrew and built atop jutting rocks at the pinnacle of a needle-shaped peninsula. Picture taken November 11, 2014. To match story CYPRUS-MONASTERY/RESTORATION REUTERS/Andreas Manolis)

(A general view of the Apostolos Andreas Monastery is seen as it undergoes renovation in Cyprus, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Andreas Manolis)

Zen anti-Vietnam war leader Thich Nhat Hanh suffers brain haemorrhage

November 18, 2014
(Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (C), who left Vietnam in 1966 and lives in France, walks among believers after finishing a speech at the opening ceremony of a requiem mass at the Non Nuoc pagoda in Soc Son mountain, 64 km (40 miles) north of Hanoi, April 20, 2007. Internationally renowned Zen monk Nhat Hanh on Friday led larger-than-expected crowds in a ceremony intended to heal wounds of the Vietnam war that ended 32 years ago this month. REUTERS/Kham)

(Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (C), who left Vietnam in 1966 and lives in France, walks among believers after finishing a speech at the opening ceremony of a requiem mass at the Non Nuoc pagoda in Soc Son mountain, 64 km (40 miles) north of Hanoi, April 20, 2007. REUTERS/Kham)