She could have spent the summer in air-conditioned comfort in Dubai, but 21-year-old Ghazal Tavanaei chose to Ride2Freedom instead. She and other young people are...
Why the Middle East’s Warring Enemies Are Competing to Win Over the Druze
In the making of the modern Middle East, minorities have often been used as pretexts and pawns for external intervention. It is in this light... Read more
Power Transitions in Saudi Arabia Spell Changes in the Middle East
WASHINGTON—In less than six months since the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the new king has made changes in the kingdom’s leadership. The changes... Read more
Do Common Chemicals Increase Your Risk of Cancer?
New research about the risk of cancer from exposure to common chemicals is usually accompanied by headlines screaming “X causes cancer!” So when a new... Read more
Why Would the US Spy on Its Allies? Because Everyone Does
The spotlight must be an uncomfortable position for intelligence organisations that would far prefer to remain in the shadows. But since Edward Snowden fled the... Read more
Yemen Is Starving, and We’re Partly to Blame
Twenty million people in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, are at risk of dying from hunger or thirst. That’s 80 percent of... Read more
Caliphate, a Disputed Concept, No Longer Has a Hold Over All Muslims
According to the Arabic lexicon, khilāfa (caliphate) literally means taking the position of others in order to perform the legal and religious rights behalf on... Read more
The Dangerous Gamble That Could Spark Full-Scale Conflict in Ukraine
While the rest of the world is preoccupied with terrorist attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait, the political crisis in Ukraine appears to be heading towards... Read more
Why Victims of Domestic Abuse Go to Prison
Arrests of women have increased dramatically in the past two decades, while domestic abuse laws meant to protect female victims have put many behind bars... Read more
Peter Latos Lives on Through Prostate Cancer Prevention Foundation
The story of Peter Latos should have had a happy ending. Born in the Bronx in 1965 and raised in the heavily Greek-American community of... Read more
Let’s Talk Race: A Teacher Tells Students Not to Be ‘Color-Blind’
Following the recent events featured in the media such as the riots in Baltimore that came after the fatal shooting of Freddie Gray, Rachel Dolezal... Read more
Slavery, Genocide, Abuse: The Dark Side of Asia’s ‘Tiger Economies’
A few years ago, Southeast Asia’s rapidly growing “tiger economies” were the envy of the world. Today, the area is better known for a trio... Read more
5 Things You Need to Know About the IMF’s Stance on Greece
As negotiations go down to the wire, the IMF is once again being cast in the role of dictator. It is the enforcer of controversial... Read more
Wikipedia Is Completely Accurate and Unbiased—Do You Believe That?
Wikipedia is a great resource for people who are aware of its shortcomings. It provides a useful service by bringing the general public a wealth... Read more
Should the Right to ‘Feel Comfortable’ Trump Charter Rights?
If the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) had its way, freedom in Canada would be enjoyed only by people who agree with government-approved beliefs... Read more
Here’s What’s Wrong With China’s Report on US Human Rights
Pick out the most damning cases of human rights abuse in the United States as reported in American media, government documents, and academic articles. Add... Read more
Erdogan’s Fall From Grace
Turkish President Erdogan’s May 2013 plan to raze Gezi Park in Central Istanbul and replace it with a replica 19th century Ottoman barrack prompted anti-government... Read more