Afghanistan’s Khorasan region is often associated with war and social conservatism, yet it has a rich history of religious tolerance and a passion for art. Whether known to be the graveyard of empires or the land of lions, Afghanistan has always been perceived as the motherland of fearless, rural fighters. Yet the view of a Read More
In this podcast, Sam Floy looks at how farmers in Rwanda water their crops in an interview with Flavia Howard. Water is fundamental to any sort of agricultural business. As it stands, a large portion of Rwandan farmers only get it from the sky, in the form of sporadic rainfall. This is despite plentiful lakes full Read More
Abdel Bari Atwan’s book is carefully researched and offers new insights into the Islamic State’s inner workings. The digital world has been a central feature of the Islamic State’s (IS) rise to power, driving much of its recruitment as well as building and maintaining its fearsome image. But the strategy behind the mastery has remained mysterious. Read More
From Duterte to Trump, a new crop of populist leaders are reviving a tried and true method of demonstrating leadership: killing people. During the presidential campaign, when he was still battling an array of Republican heavyweights for the party’s nomination, Donald Trump indulged in a bit of hubris that would have buried a more conventional Read More
Benjamin Netanyahu’s solution to the Palestinian problem is reminiscent of Vichy France. Many years ago a senior Israeli government advisor told me, in all earnestness, that many Israelis shared the same view of the Palestinians as the American settlers had of the Native Americans. They were primitive peoples, prone to violence and should be driven from Read More
The World This Week
Brexit marks new risks to the British economy at a time when the global financial system is wobbly and protectionist sentiments are on the rise. This week, the legendary public educator Professor Hans Rosling died. He used data in revolutionary ways to shatter preconceived notions about...
Africa This Month
Even as Africa democratizes and strengthens the African Union, it faces a period of slow economic growth and rising debts that could lead to a crisis. In 2016, the authors began the momentous journey of narrating the oft ignored story of Africa. Our readers responded most positively and asked for...