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Sharia law is empowering Islamist radicals at the expense of secularists
Commentary: Combating efforts to make Sharia the law of the land should be a policy priority for Western governments.
Laos remains silent on civil society leader missing for two years
The government has obstructed any investigation into Sombath Somphone's disappearance, a symptom of the withering space for a vocal civil society in Laos.
Russia's failing economy makes Putin a most dangerous man
Ukraine's economy has collapsed even faster, with little support coming from the European Union.
10 years on, Sri Lanka still shows scars from the wrath of tsunami
The wave was ‘democratic’ in spreading havoc, but recovery efforts have favored tourist regions.
Cases like Ferguson invite Cold War tactics from Russia
The grand jury decision gives Putin an opportunity to point to domestic racial intolerance in US, just as the Soviet Union did during the Cold War.
Fear grips Egypt's civil society as Sisi regime restricts NGOs
Commentary: Rise in unemployment and breakdown in law and order raise questions of government’s competency.
In Sudan’s Blue Nile, a sequel to the violence and abuses in Darfur
Refugees tell of indiscriminate bombardments, beatings, and rapes behind government lines.
Hosting the 2015 G-20 gives Turkey a chance to get its mojo back
Next year’s summit offers the Muslim-majority democracy opportunity to bridge old colonial powers and rising economies.
To fight Islamic State, we need jobs for youth in the Middle East
The Islamic State does not spring from intrinsic Arab culture or Islamic faith. It has been born from and nourished by the utter hopelessness facing young people in the Middle East.
Mexican drug murders get less attention in US than Middle East violence
Multi-national corporations and middle-class economy thrive, even as Narco-War persists.
For India, moving forward means saving women's lives
The new prime minister links India’s development prospects to improving the status of girls and women.
Why Ukraine needs more women in parliament
Instead of honoring commitments made to women, who comprise 60 percent of the electorate, the country seems to have decided to deal with war first and think about women later.
Immigration officials create a climate of repression in America
Commentary: Are we willing to allow the US to be a place where young people — including my own son — can be harassed?
Extending nuclear talks with Iran is first good news from Middle East in a long time
If we don’t blow it, the agreement could demonstrate that diplomacy is preferable to force.
Given his past failures, can Obama strike a verifiable nuke deal with Iran?
Extending negotiations doesn’t assure progress on key issues and raises questions of the administration's judgment and competence.
Trafficking survivors work toward laws that end violence and exploitation
Policy makers are decriminalizing the sale of sex and focusing on pimps and brothel owners.
Barack Obama and Aung San Suu Kyi: From optimists to realists
Together in Myanmar, the two leaders are chastened and strong — but no longer adored by those who once cheered them.
Peter Kassig's beheading another sign of savagery from messianic killers who won't cease until stopped
News Analysis: But sending US troops into direct combat roles in Syria would be a mistake.
Lessons from Ebola: Health care in Africa needs a PEPFAR-like approach
Commentary: With Ebola hysteria fading in the US, we now risk losing sight of a critical larger issue — the need to build strong health care systems in the poorest parts of Africa. World leaders would do well to take their cues from the PEPFAR program.
In denying Haiti cholera deaths, UN risks violating its core purpose
Evidence shows that troops from Nepal were infected with cholera when they arrived in Haiti in 2010.
Greece remains Europe’s deadweight anchor as corruption reigns
Commentary: Rule of law and transparency must be the basis for restoring respect among foreign investors.
Conflicting stories reveal depth of Iraq's sectarian war
To take steps toward peace, the international community must look beyond the surface struggle and into historic divisions between Arabs and Kurds.
More than sexual exploitation, human trafficking is forced labor
In UAE, visa sponsorship program ties domestic workers to employers and the risk of abuse.
Issues of race, gender and class helped Rousseff win another term in Brazil
Will she continue to expand her racial justice policies during the next four years?
How labor unions can help beat Ebola
Commentary: Rubber tappers in Liberia are helping with prevention and detection, representing an effective new approach.
US prisoners create scholarships for students, trying to keep them out of jail
Prisoners in Pennsylvania have taken matters into their own hands.
Obama’s anti-IS strategy challenged by military and intelligence leaders
Commentary: Better to commit troops now to help ensure victory than continue a half-hearted, low-cost gamble.
The US is jailing immigrant women and children under appalling conditions
Most asylum seekers are law-abiding but are detained in spite of international law.
Investigating hate crimes is a top FBI priority, but local police often ignore them
Commentary: A look at hate and its relationship with terror.
With no cure in sight, living with Ebola becomes a community effort
Mobilizing for education, sanitation, local engagement can help halt spread of disease.
‘Women2Women’ is empowering young female leaders to help build global peace
Commentary: Empower Peace brings girls from the Middle East and Arab World to Boston for dialogue and mentorship.