Arab women’s rights

In late June, the first Saudi women to legally drive a car in the kingdom started their engines and took off down the road. The lifting of Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers was a step forward for...

Press freedom in India and Jordan

On today’s program, the first of a two-part series discussing press freedom and how journalists operate in different parts of the world. To start, we’re going to take a look at a couple of countries...

The ‘Red Market’ in human organs

The imbalance between the supply of organs for transplant and the demand for them can be staggering. There are about 75,000 people active on the U.S. waiting list for kidneys, livers and other...

Egypt’s staged election

Egypt will hold a presidential election at the end of this month. But there’s little drama about who will actually win. President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, who led a 2013 coup against the country’s first...

After ISIS, the Kurdish question

The Kurds have played a key role in the Syrian war. With U.S. military aid, a Kurdish militia called the YPG has done a large share of the ground fighting that has led to the near-defeat of the Islamic State...

The looted antiquities trade

Conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere has fueled a booming trade in looted antiquities from archaeological sites and museums. Millions of dollars worth of artifacts have disappeared, with some...

Finding Syria’s disappeared

Since the start of the Syrian war, a remarkable 100,000 people have gone missing - a distinct figure from the estimated 400,000 confirmed killed. Of the missing, some may be alive and held secretly in...

Yemen crisis fueled by war, outsiders

The Yemen crisis has garnered many superlatives since it began in force in March 2015. The civil war has generated the world's most dire humanitarian crisis, in addition to the largest cholera...

Film highlights Syrian generation’s demise

The level of violence against civilians in the Syrian civil war has made it extraordinarily difficult for journalists to cover. That's meant many of the images we have from inside Syria come from citizen...

For Israel, mixed legacy from Six-Day War victory

Fifty years ago this week, Israelis were riding high. In just six days, the Jewish state’s army had won a stunning victory over the combined militaries of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Israel more than tripled in...