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Itamar Ben-Gvir (C), member of Israel's Knesset (parliament) and head of the far right "Jewish Power" (Otzma Yehudit) party, takes part in a  protest outside the District court in Jerusalem on Feb. 27 in support of the officer accused of shooting Iyad Hallak, a disabled Palestinian man who was shot dead by Israeli police in May 2020.
Itamar Ben-Gvir (C), member of Israel's Knesset (parliament) and head of the far right "Jewish Power" (Otzma Yehudit) party, takes part in a protest outside the District court in Jerusalem on Feb. 27 in support of the officer accused of shooting Iyad Hallak, a disabled Palestinian man who was shot dead by Israeli police in May 2020.

Is Israel’s Political Virtuoso in Denial?

Benjamin Netanyahu ignores mounting criticism of his closest running mates’ agendas at his own peril.

Far-right members attend the “Unite the Right” rally.
Far-right members attend the “Unite the Right” rally.

How ‘Screw Your Optics’ Became a Far-Right Rallying Cry

White supremacist terrorists have taken a page from the Islamic State’s playbook—discarding concerns about image and embracing shocking displays of public violence.

Mahsa Amini protest in Iran
Mahsa Amini protest in Iran

How Iran’s Ethnic Divisions Are Fueling the Revolt

Non-Persian minorities, often overlooked in the West, may hold the key to the uprising’s course.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro participates in the birthday worship for the pastor Silas Malafaia at Assembléia de Deus Vitória em Cristo Church in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 15.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro participates in the birthday worship for the pastor Silas Malafaia at Assembléia de Deus Vitória em Cristo Church in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 15.

The Battle for Brazil’s Evangelicals

After fueling Bolsonaro’s rise, some are flocking to Lula’s camp with earthly—and heavenly—concerns.

Iranians march during a pro-hijab rally.
Iranians march during a pro-hijab rally.

What the Hijab Protests Mean for Iran’s Clerical Class

The supreme leader’s stance could become a source of widening divide.

Iraqi Shiite women carry portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his predecessor and Islamic Revolution founder Ayatollah Khomeini and late Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammed Baqer al-Sadr during a military parade in Baghdad, on May 31, 2019.
Iraqi Shiite women carry portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his predecessor and Islamic Revolution founder Ayatollah Khomeini and late Iraqi Shiite cleric Mohammed Baqer al-Sadr during a military parade in Baghdad, on May 31, 2019.

Iraq Is Nearing the Brink of a Shiite Civil War

The increasingly violent rivalry between Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran will decide Iraq’s future.

Children sit near a public water fountain as members of the Unification Church attend a rally
Children sit near a public water fountain as members of the Unification Church attend a rally

Shinzo Abe’s Killing Puts Unification Church Under Microscope

The Japanese ruling party’s ties to the South Korean sect stir public anger.

People are seen walking on the streets of Sarajevo
People are seen walking on the streets of Sarajevo

Meet the Bosnian Youth Trying to Hold Their Country Together

Postwar Bosnia remains deeply divided. These young people are trying to change that.

Supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather outside the Iraqi parliament in the Green Zone in Baghdad, on the seventh day of protests against the nomination of a rival Shiite faction for the position of prime minister on Aug. 5, 2022.
Supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather outside the Iraqi parliament in the Green Zone in Baghdad, on the seventh day of protests against the nomination of a rival Shiite faction for the position of prime minister on Aug. 5, 2022.

Is Moqtada al-Sadr Trying to Stage a Jan. 6 Insurrection in Iraq?

The cleric’s “spontaneous peaceful revolution” is more of a bid to maintain his own influence—and the political status quo.

A child walks amid the rubble of damaged houses in Bermal district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 23, following a 5.9 magnitude earthquake.
A child walks amid the rubble of damaged houses in Bermal district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 23, following a 5.9 magnitude earthquake.

A Modest Proposal to Save Afghanistan—From Itself

With the Taliban at loggerheads and Afghanistan in chaos, one politician has a plan to stave off civil war.

A man stands in a damaged mosque.
A man stands in a damaged mosque.

Christian Nationalism Is Tearing Ethiopia Apart

A religious revival rooted in the country’s imperial history has coincided with civil war and the spread of genocidal rhetoric—endangering a diverse and multifaith nation.

People sell vegetables under yellow tents.
People sell vegetables under yellow tents.

‘We Begged Them to Spare Our Shops’

In New Delhi, the BJP-controlled local government razes a market run by Muslim women.

Hasina Khatoon's family in their shack in the Jammu city of Indian- administered Kashmir on April 23. Hasina was separated from her family and deported to Myanmar last month.
Hasina Khatoon's family in their shack in the Jammu city of Indian- administered Kashmir on April 23. Hasina was separated from her family and deported to Myanmar last month.

India Abandons the Rohingyas

A deliberately ambiguous refugee policy allows the government to deny shelter to Muslims fleeing persecution.

A close-up photo shows Kirill's face and a lit red candle he is holding.
A close-up photo shows Kirill's face and a lit red candle he is holding.
Author Michel Houellebecq smokes.
Author Michel Houellebecq smokes.

The Punk-Prophet Philosophy of Michel Houellebecq

The success of France’s most famous novelist has less to do with art and knowledge than anxiety and rock ’n’ roll.

An electronic sign displays a message in Arabic welcoming the Turkish president in UAE, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, on February 14, 2022.
An electronic sign displays a message in Arabic welcoming the Turkish president in UAE, in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, on February 14, 2022.

Erdogan’s War With Arab Monarchies Is Over

With its economy in a tailspin, Turkey is repairing ties with former enemies in the region.

A pastor speaks during a online Christmas service from the Yoido Full Gospel Church on December 25, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.
A pastor speaks during a online Christmas service from the Yoido Full Gospel Church on December 25, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.

A Lame-Duck Moon Can Fix South Korea’s Refugee Failings

Persecuted Chinese Christians deserve asylum from Seoul.

Ukraine’s chief rabbi walks inside a synagogue.
Ukraine’s chief rabbi walks inside a synagogue.

Historical Ukrainian Jewish Town Hit by Russian Missiles

As Russian President Vladimir Putin claims “denazification,” Ukrainians compare him to Adolf Hitler.

Activists protest against attacks on Hindu temples and houses in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Nov. 4, 2016.
Activists protest against attacks on Hindu temples and houses in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Nov. 4, 2016.

How Facebook Fuels Religious Violence

The social media platform’s haphazard content moderation strategy is failing Bangladesh. Here’s how it can fix its policy.

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