Women’s rights can be advanced under Islam

Many Westerners hold misconceptions about Middle Eastern women. They are not powerless, and Islam is compatible with women's rights.

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The things I carry on this journey called life

A Jordanian youth reflects on the tangible and intangible objects, the memories and values that he carries with him each day.

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O Mother Africa! Your children will assert themselves

Mother Africa, tell me, why so much suffering? Dry your tears, for your children will assert themselves and affirm your diversity.

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Algeria rebels against strongman rule. But how will it end?

Will bright supporters of democracy win power in Algeria? Or will they be cut down by troops as a fearful majority stays home?

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Elections in Thailand: Déjà vu all over again

Thailand holds the world record for military coups. And a landmark election in March seems sure to yield yet more instability in the Southeast Asian nation.

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NATO turns 70. Does it have cause to celebrate?

NATO continues to grow in size but not necessarily in strength. Can the 70-year-old military alliance withstand forces weakening its foundations?

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Decoder: What is terrorism? And who are terrorists?

A bloody attack in New Zealand brought the word “terrorist” back into the headlines. What is terrorism, and why is…

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Decoder: Making sense of the India-Pakistan flare-up

A decades-long conflict over Kashmir escalated rapidly last week. Here's why fights between India and Pakistan matter to the world.

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Decoder: What is Taiwan? An island? A country?

Taiwan is an economic powerhouse caught between China and the United States, facing an uncertain future: Independence, subjugation or status…

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Listen: China steps forward as U.S. steps back

China is spreading its wings with its One Belt One Road initiative as an inward-looking U.S. turns the screws on trade. Will globalization be a victim?

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Listen: Standing up for gay rights in Israel

Israel is the most gay-friendly nation in the Middle East. But it's not perfect. Listen to two activists discuss their work to uphold gay rights in Israel.

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Listen: Who are the victims of the Venezuelan crisis?

Venezuelan citizens scrounge for food and medecine while prices soar. Where is the formerly prosperous oil exporter headed?

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