In the World
Childhood and Exile: Rebel Politics and the Politics of Hunger. This is the second in a series comparing the epic lives of Sundiata, medieval Malian ruler, and Iyad ag-Ghali, a power player and leader in Malian rebel movements for nearly forty years.
By Joe McKnight One name kept repeating itself: Iyad ag-Ghali, leader of Ansar Dine. It seems to me his story, and his political role, may be one that ends up profoundly altering Mali's future.
by Maurice Chammah The call to prayer was not just a reminder of religious extremism. For these elite Egyptians, it was religious extremism.
by Maurice Chammah At first I did a double take, seeing the word ‘Weinstein’ in simple block letters one story above street level in downtown Cairo.
By Maurice Chammah Nasser had...wanted the state to protect journalists from the market, but could that be done without making them slaves of the state?
by Janaki Challa The largest Jewish community in India...are descendents of persecuted Jews from Galilee who were left stranded on Indian shores by a shipwreck around the 2nd century BCE.
by Alex Thurston Teju Cole analyzes the destruction of the shrines by analogy: Mali is premodern Europe; Mali is Afghanistan under the Taliban...Then comes the interesting analogy: Timbuktu is Mecca at the time of its conquest by the forces of the Prophet...
by Maurice Chammah The editors weren’t pleased. It was too complex...It would be easier, they decided, to frame the story as one of religious hatred.
by Irina Papkova For two weeks, Lebanon lived on the knife edge of a sectarian civil war. And here the truly interesting part of this story begins to emerge.
By Austin Dacey The Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards was meeting to address “gaps” in an international human rights treaty on racism and racial discrimination.
by Alex Thurston Government-run Islamic schools, then, are to be a source of “counter-radicalization” as well as a means of moving almajirai into more “productive” schools. But the policy is unlikely to succeed.