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Sri Lankan officials inspect St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels on April 21.

What’s Behind the Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka?

Coordinated blasts recall the island country’s violent past.

An Ultra-Orthodox Israeli man, accompanied by his children, prepares to cast his ballot at a polling station in Bnei Brak, near the city of Tel Aviv, on March 17, 2015.

The Ultra-Orthodox Will Determine Israel’s Political Future

Netanyahu’s embrace and the left’s hostility have made the fast-growing Haredi Jewish population the right’s most reliable constituency.

US soldiers stand next to coffins bearing the remains of missing soldiers from the Vietnam War on a military transport plane during a repatriation ceremony at Danang airport on April 15, 2018. (Linh Pham/AFP/Getty Images)

Americans Can’t Give Up The Cult of War

The endless conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East are ritual, not strategy.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Coptic Pope Tawadros II during a Christmas Eve Mass at the Nativity of Christ Cathedral outside Cairo on Jan. 6, 2018. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images) Coptic Orthodox Christians packed the newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral for a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for the minority singled out by jihadists for attacks. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI        (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Double Talk of Trump’s Favorite Dictator

Sisi’s supporters praise his religious tolerance. They shouldn’t.

U.S. teleevangelist John Hagee attends a Christian United For Israel summit in Jerusalem, on March 8, 2010. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Islamophobia Is Forged at the Pulpit

White evangelicals’ apocalyptic fantasies are driving U.S. policy.

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and then-army chief of staff Benny Gantz during a press conference at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv on July 28, 2014.

Netanyahu Might Be the Best Hope for Israel’s Center-Left

For Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, joining a Likud-led government could be a more appealing option than the alternative.

Construction of the Faisal Mosque in the foothills of Margalla Hills of Islamabad, Pakistan, began in 1976 after a grant from Saudi King Faisal, whose name the mosque bears. (Muhammed Semih Ugurlu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Extremism Is Riyadh’s Top Export

Saudi Arabia is fighting for a dangerous monopoly on Islamic thought

Young men pay their respects to the victims of the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 16. (Tessa Burrows/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

This week, New Zealand saw its worst-ever terrorist attack, and Boeing aircraft around the world were grounded.

Rep. Ilhan Omar rallies with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, at the U.S. Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Islamophobes Came for Americans on the Campaign Trail

A new poll of Muslims who ran for office in the 2018 midterms shows how central bigotry has become to America's political life.

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, speaks in Washington on Feb. 7. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

How (and How Not) to Talk About the Israel Lobby

There’s a difference between fair and unfair criticisms of AIPAC—and it’s time everyone, including AIPAC, acknowledges it.

Jerusalem's Greek Orthodox patriarch, Theophilos III (center), arrives at the Church of the Nativity in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem on Jan. 6. (Musa al-Shaer/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Blame the Orthodox Church for Nasty Political Games in the Holy Land

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is not deliberately selling off land to Israeli settlers. It has been the victim of fraud and attacks by Israeli extremists.

The Dalai Lama (center) greets devotees at the closing ceremony of a teaching session in the sacred Buddhist site of Bodh Gaya, India, on Dec. 31, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Fight for the Dalai Lama’s Soul

Beijing’s Buddhist diplomacy depends on controlling the Tibetan leader’s next reincarnation.

Protesters attend an anti-government demonstration in support of abortion rights in Warsaw on April 9, 2016.

Poland Is Trying to Make Abortion Dangerous, Illegal, and Impossible

Ireland voted to liberalize abortion laws. The far-right government in Warsaw is moving in the opposite direction.

A Greek Orthodox altar boy carries a cross before participating in a procession, during the community's Christmas celebrations, outside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem on Jan. 6. (Musa al-Shaer/AFP/Getty Images)

Holy Land for Sale

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is selling church land that’s ending up in the hands of Israeli settler groups. Its Palestinian Christian congregants are furious.

A Nepalese woman prepares to sleep in a chhaupadi hut during her period in Surkhet District, 300 miles west of Kathmandu. Feb. 3, 2017.

In Nepal, Tradition Is Killing Women

The Hindu practice of chhaupadi is dangerous and deadly, but legislation is not enough to stop it.

A Chinese Hui Muslim girl wears a fancy headdress as she is held by her mother after Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the historic Niujie Mosque on June 16, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China’s Muslims Brace for Attacks

First, it was the Uighurs. Now, other Muslim minorities are being threatened—and the worst may be yet to come.

Worshipers at an evangelical church in Brasília, Brazil, on Sept. 21, 2018, pray for the recovery of then-presidential contender Jair Bolsonaro after he was injured in a knife attack. (Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images)

Bolsonaro’s Christian Coalition Remains Precarious

A loose alliance of Catholic and evangelical conservatives helped Brazil’s new president to power. But their continued support is far from certain.

The Statue Of Unity, the world's tallest statue dedicated to Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, stands overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam in India's Gujarat state on Oct. 30. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)

Let Them Eat Statues

Narendra Modi is building multimillion-dollar monuments while India's poorest citizens die of hunger and preventable diseases.

A rally-goer displays a QAnon sign as he waits for President Donald Trump to speak at an event in Lewis Center, Ohio, on Aug. 4. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Failed Prophecies Won’t Stop Trump’s True Believers

QAnon conspiracy theorists are bringing apocalyptic beliefs into the political mainstream.

A candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on the steps of Queens Borough Hall in New York on Oct. 29. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

‘It Starts With the Jews and It Doesn’t End There’

Simone Rodane-Benzaquen, head of American Jewish Committee in Europe, spoke with FP about anti-Semitism on both sides of the Atlantic.

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