Supporters of right-wing anti-foreigner Alternative for Germany (AfD) party protest against German asylum policy in Erfurt, Germany, Oct. 28, 2015. (EPA/Michael Reichel)

Rising nationalism in Europe

Donald Trump’s victory in November’s election came as a shock to many in America’s political establishment. But across the Atlantic in Europe, his rise on an America-first, anti-immigrant,...
Abortion rights protesters hold pictures of Savita Halappanavar during a march Nov. 17, 2012 through central Dublin, demanding that Ireland's government ensure that abortions can be performed to save a woman's life. Halappanavar died from pregnancy-related complications after being denied an abortion in Ireland. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik)

Ireland’s abortion ban under pressure

President-elect Donald Trump has suggested that he’ll nominate U.S. Supreme Court justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that ended many abortion restrictions in the U.S. If he...
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, waves following a televised address at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey,  July 24, 2016. Erdogan has sharply criticised concerns that the large-scale purges, which have left at least thousands of people in jail and about 50,000 fired or suspended, could jeopardise basic freedoms. Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkey’s purge

The attempted military coup against Turkey's democratically-elected government last month was plenty alarming. But what's happened in the country since has many people worried as well. President Recep...
Khadija Ismayilova, center, a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, who has become a symbol of defiance, praised by human rights and free-speech organizations around the world, speaks to journalists right after she has been released in Baku, Azerbaijan, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/ Aziz Karimov)

Azerbaijan’s war on independent media

Under President Ilham Aliyev, the economy of Azerbaijan has expanded spectacularly. An oil boom has fueled a 10 fold increase in the size of its economy since he took power in 2003. But under Aliyev, the...
Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower responsible for releasing the Pentagon Papers, speaks during a rally in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning outside the gates of Fort Meade, Md, June 1, 2013.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

The debate over government transparency

The United States is an open society with an open system of government. That means the press and ordinary people have the right to scrutinize how our leaders make decisions. The idea is that when government...
Amal Khan, features editor at Pakistan's The Nation newspaper. (Travis McMillen/RJI)

Pakistan, Ukraine media share growing pains

At first glance, media in Pakistan and the Ukraine have little in common. But in both the South Asian nation and the former Soviet republic, independent private news outlets are relatively new and face a...
In this photo taken on Sunday, March 20, 2016, Fadila Efendic  prays near the graves of her husband Hamed and son Fejzo, at Memorial Centre Potocari near Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

Bosnia’s stalled recovery

Twenty years after Europe's bloodiest war since World War II, Bosnia is a country riven by ethnic divisions and poverty. After its recent application to join the European Union, Bosnians and their leaders...
British Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for an EU summit at the EU Council building in Brussels on Feb. 19, 2016.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

U.K. considers a European ‘Brexit’

In June, the United Kingdom will vote on whether it will remain part of the European Union. The so-called “Brexit”, according to supporters, would allow the U.K. to better control immigration and free...
Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on television screens in a shop as he speaks during an annual call-in show on Russian television "Conversation With Vladimir Putin" in Moscow on April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Russia’s information war

Russia is no stranger to conflicts, but under Vladimir Putin its most enduring one may be the war over news and information. Over the past decade the Kremlin has virtually eliminated independent television...
Pro-sovereignty bloc Junts pel Si (Together for the Yes) leader Artur Mas celebrates the results of the elections in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Sept. 27, 2015. (EPA/Alberto Estevez)

Catalonia’s drive to leave Spain

A year after Scots voted on whether to leave the United Kingdom, the regional parliament in Catalonia has approved a plan to secede from Spain by 2017. Spain's constitutional court has ruled the plan illegal...