from The Great Debate:

Podcast: The true horrors of life under Islamic State

By Matthew Gault
November 11, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Kevin Sullivan

Many in the West think of the Islamic State as a loose collection of fighters -- rabble who kill, loot and burn. But the truth is more complex, though no less terrifying. Islamic State actually governs the territory it takes and it’s not terrible at it. The group levies taxes, teaches children and organizes garbage pickup.

from India Insight:

Bollywood finds political voice in intolerance debate

November 6, 2015

The Indian film industry finds itself unexpectedly swept up in a debate over growing religious intolerance that critics say Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration has failed to contain.

Spurred by Myanmar radicals, Thai Buddhists push for state religion status

By Reuters Staff
November 4, 2015
(Buddhist monks cross a highway early morning in Bangkok, Thailand, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

(Buddhist monks cross a highway early morning in Bangkok, Thailand, September 9, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva)

Pope Francis still faces stiff resistance to reform Vatican, new books say

November 4, 2015
(Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi is surrounded by the media after a news conference for his new book "Merchants in the Temple" in Rome, November 4, 2015. Two new books by Italian journalists, including "Merchants in the Temple", depict a Vatican plagued by mismanagement, greed, cronyism and corruption and where Pope Francis still faces stiff resistance from the old guard to his reform agenda. The books, which are released in Italy on Wednesday, have already been condemned by the Vatican. REUTERS/Yara Nardi)

(Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi is surrounded by the media after a news conference for his new book “Merchants in the Temple” in Rome, November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Yara Nardi)

China to push cultural ‘blending’ in Xinjiang stability push

November 4, 2015
(Ethnic Chinese Han tourists pose for a picture in front of a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang province, August 3, 2011. Chinese security forces blanketed central areas of Kashgar city in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday, days after deadly attacks that China blamed on Islamic militants highlighted ethnic tensions in the Muslim Uighur area. REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

(Ethnic Chinese Han tourists pose for a picture in front of a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang province, August 3, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

Jewish-Arab friction runs raw in the heart of Hebron

November 4, 2015
(A Palestinian woman paints a mural, depicting a masked Palestinian holding a knife, in support of Palestinians committing stabbing attacks against Israelis, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

(A Palestinian woman paints a mural, depicting a masked Palestinian holding a knife, in support of Palestinians committing stabbing attacks against Israelis, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

Exclusive: Vatican inspectors suspect key office was used for money laundering

November 3, 2015
(Pope Francis delivers "Urbi et Orbi" message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis delivers “Urbi et Orbi” message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

To tackle jihadis, French activist says, ditch reason and religion

By Reuters Staff
November 3, 2015
(Dounia Bouzar, a 51-year-old Muslim anthropologist, speaks to Reuters during an interview in Paris, France, October 22, 2015. Picture taken October 22, 2015. To match Insight MIDEAST-CRISIS/FRANCE-JIHAD REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

(Dounia Bouzar, a 51-year-old Muslim anthropologist, speaks to Reuters during an interview in Paris, France, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

U.S. Episcopal Church installs its first black presiding bishop

By Reuters Staff
November 2, 2015
(The Reverend Michael Bruce Curry (C) acknowledges applause after delivering his sermon and his Installation ceremony, at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, November 1, 2015. Curry becomes the first African-American Episcopal presiding bishop, after previously serving as Bishop of North Carolina. REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

(The Reverend Michael Bruce Curry (C) acknowledges applause after delivering his sermon and his Installation ceremony, at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Theiler)

Vatican arrests monsignor and laywoman suspected of leaking secret documents

November 2, 2015
(Starlings fill the sky around the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican November 19, 2008. Dark clouds gather in Rome's evening sky. A funky smell fills the air and suddenly the rumble of rush hour traffic is pierced by a chilling screech. As commuters quit the city centre, tourists are left gawping as hundreds of thousands of night-time visitors arrive -- swarms of starlings which for decades have made Rome their winter home, creating a daily spectacle and a public health nightmare. Picture taken November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Helgren)

(Starlings fill the sky around the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican November 19, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Helgren)