Myanmar Violence Against Rohingyas is Ethnic Cleansing

September 13, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vishal Manve talks to Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia director of Human Rights Watch. Rohingya Muslims, the “world's most persecuted minority,” are fleeing from Rakhine State in Myanmar following a military crackdown and attacks by Buddhist...

Hurricane Harvey Must Prompt Clarity, Anger and Action

August 31, 2017

Only about half of Americans believe human activity causes climate change, and their lack of knowledge contributes to a situation where the historically largest carbon emitter fails to show climate leadership.  Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast, delivering 40 to 60 inches of rain in...

The Meaning of Confederate Monuments

August 23, 2017

Many in the US have been questioning whether to keep the country’s monuments that represent Confederate, racist values of the American Civil War. On August 12, white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of Confederate monuments, including a...

Educating Everyone in Indonesia

The reason schools and teachers are reluctant to welcome students with disabilities into their institutions is due to the challenges they face. On August 17, Indonesia marks 72 years since its independence. For many, this day symbolizes the country’s long battle to fight for what its founding...

The Snail in the Arms Race

August 13, 2017

The Gulf crisis has produced a combination of snail-pace social change and a dangerous arms race. A two-month-old crisis pitting Qatar against an alliance led by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is proving to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has revived momentum for...

Meat Without the Moo

August 12, 2017

Saudi Arabia Engages With Iraqi Shias

August 01, 2017

Saudi Arabia is getting closer to Iraq in a bid to curtail the influence of Iran. With the Islamic State (IS) on the ropes in Iraq, Saudi Arabia is forging ties to Iraqi Shia leaders and offering to help fund reconstruction of Mosul and other predominantly Sunni Muslim cities, which were...

The Middle East is Getting Cold

July 27, 2017

For decades, Saudi Arabia and Iran have confronted each other through military involvement in proxy wars. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the Middle East has been wracked by war, conflict, insurgencies and uprisings. The Middle East of today resembles a chessboard, where many different...

Scotland and Catalonia: The Quest for Independence

July 26, 2017

Are Scotland and Catalonia willing to do what it takes to achieve independence? In 2007, the Scottish National Party launched a proposal of holding a referendum over Scotland’s independence. In 2009, some activists detached from mainstream Catalan parties launched the same proposal in...

It’s Hard Being a Woman in Iraq

July 26, 2017

When it comes to women’s rights in Iraq, it is time for a radical shift. On July 25, police in northern Iraq found the body of a young woman, 25, who was murdered, burned and dumped on a rural road between the villages of Hizob and Grtik. It is reported that she was newly married and that her...

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