from The Great Debate:

Why Arab Spring made life better in Tunisia, failed everywhere else

By Ellen McLarney
February 18, 2015

A Tunisian fan reacts after Tunisia lost their quarter-final soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations against Equatorial Guinea in Bata

A Tunisian fan soccer fan. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Earlier this month, Tunisia's newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the first democratic elections to be held during the Arab Spring, marks an astonishing democratic culmination in the birthplace of the movement. It has also proven hard to replicate.

Bishops say British democracy is failing, immigration debate is ‘racist’

By Reuters Staff
February 17, 2015
(Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives at York Minster before a service to consecrate Reverend Libby Lane as the first female Bishop in the Church of England, in York, northern England January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

(Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives at York Minster in York, northern England January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble)

India’s PM Modi vows to protect all religious minorities

By Reuters Staff
February 17, 2015
(A protester attends a rally by hundreds of Christians against recent attacks on churches nationwide, in Mumbai February 9, 2015. Five churches in the Indian capital New Delhi have reported incidents of arson, vandalism and burglary. The latest was reported last week when an individual stole ceremonial items. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

(A protester attends a rally by hundreds of Christians against recent attacks on churches nationwide, in Mumbai February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

No to Netanyahu – Jews’ loyalty to Denmark runs deep

By Reuters Staff
February 16, 2015
(People hold candles during a memorial service is held for those killed on Saturday by a 22-year-old gunman, in Copenhagen February 16, 2015. Danish police said on Monday they had charged two people with aiding the man suspected of shooting dead two people in attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen at the weekend. The shootings, which Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called acts of terrorism, sent shockwaves through Denmark and have been compared to the January attacks in Paris by Islamist militants that killed 17. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

(People hold candles during a memorial service is held for those killed on Saturday by a 22-year-old gunman, in Copenhagen February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

Thousands mourn Egyptian Copt victims of Islamic State in disbelief

By Reuters Staff
February 16, 2015
(Relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya mourn at their house in El-Our village, in Minya governorate, south of Cairo February 16, 2015. Egyptian jets bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, a day after the group there released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians, drawing Cairo directly into the conflict across its border. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

(Relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya mourn at their house in El-Our village, in Minya governorate, south of Cairo February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih)

Pope Francis decries beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya

By Reuters Staff
February 16, 2015
(An Italian police car patrols in front of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, February 16, 2015. Pope Francis expressed deep sadness for the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, departing from the script of an address on Monday to emphasise the unity of all Christians regardless of the sect they follow. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

(An Italian police car patrols in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

Shun caste mentality, defend weakest, Pope Francis tells new cardinals

February 15, 2015
(Pope Francis celebrates a mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis celebrates a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Yemen’s last Jews eye exodus to Israel after Islamist militia takeover

By Reuters Staff
February 15, 2015
(A car passes in front of a sign depicting the motto of the al-Houthi Shi'ite rebel group in Sanaa September 16, 2012. According to local media, the Houthi group has taken advantage of the growing turmoil against the U.S. after the production of a film offensive to Prophet Muhammad, to work to promote their ideas and slogans in the capital Sanaa. The sign reads, "Allah is the greatest of all. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam". REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi)

(A car passes in front of a sign depicting the motto of the al-Houthi Shi’ite rebel group in Sanaa September 16, 2012. The sign reads, “Allah is the greatest of all. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam”. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi)

Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State

By Reuters Staff
February 15, 2015
(A general view shows Duhok, a well-known summer-time resort in the Kurdish dominated Iraqi north, some 350 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad in this picture taken January 31, 2004)

(A general view shows Duhok, in the Kurdish dominated Iraqi north, some 350 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad in this picture taken January 31, 2004)

India’s PM Modi appalled by temple built to worship him

By Reuters Staff
February 15, 2015
(India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends India's Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg)

(India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends India’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg)