Turkey’s dying democracy

Fifteen years ago, Turkey was the great democratic beacon of the Islamic world. Back then Turkey’s current President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was viewed as a moderate Islamist and modernizer. How times...

Female Kurdish guerrillas battle ISIS, stereotypes

Many groups around the world are involved in the battle against the Islamic State. But one group stands out more than the rest: that's a group of women guerrillas from the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK,...

Yemen war fuels humanitarian crisis

Civil war in Yemen has forced more than 3 million people from their homes and left millions more in need of food and other humanitarian aid. With the recent failure of UN-backed peace talks, the situation...

Gay rights in the Arab world

One of the hardest regions of the globe to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is the Arab world. In Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the punishment for the crime of sodomy is death by stoning, and many other...

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...

The life and death of James Foley

For many Americans, the Islamic State was first burned in our minds as a threat back in August 2014. That’s when the terror group released chilling video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded by...

Turkey and South Africa media face challenges

Journalists in Turkey and South Africa both work in countries with lively and well-established media. But in both countries, long-running single-party rule has led to challenges for reporters. On this...

Palestinian media face multiple threats

It’s said that truth is often the first casualty in war. And for media in the Palestinian territories–where conflict has been the norm for more than six decades– giving the public an accurate picture of...

The cyberwar on the Islamic State

The fight against the Islamic State isn’t just taking place on the ground or in the skies of Iraq or Libya. It’s also on the Internet. Indeed the Islamic State has used apps like Twitter, WhatsApp and...