For many young British Muslims, tug of peace is stronger than pull of war

By Reuters Staff
November 24, 2014
(Waseem Iqbal poses for a photograph in Birmingham, central England November 20, 2014. For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. From an office in Britain's second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East. In Jordan, they will bring food packages for Syrian refugees. REUTERS/Darren Staples)

(Waseem Iqbal poses for a photograph in Birmingham, central England November 20, 2014. 
REUTERS/Darren Staples)

Israeli cabinet approves draft law to declare Jewish nation-state

November 24, 2014
(Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Hollander)

(Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Hollander)

from The Great Debate:

Can you live a moral life in the holy city of Jerusalem?

By Amy Wilentz
November 24, 2014

A man holds an Israeli flag during a mass prayer for soldiers and civilians at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City

While you are reading about violent attacks in Jerusalem on the home page of your newspaper, Jerusalemites are living their lives, most of the time, as if they dwelled in a happy little European nation, say Luxembourg or the Netherlands… or suburban New Jersey. That’s how you can feel there a lot of the time, if you live on the Israeli side. That is assuming you’re not a crazed extremist of some kind.

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)

from The Great Debate:

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)