2019 – France's year of fire and fury

Arnab Béranger 2019 marked a tumultuous year for France, opening with Yellow Vests riding the early high of the protest movement and ending under crippling strikes against pension reform. Fury on the street was momentarily overshadowed by the fire that ravaged Notre-Dame Cathedral, with the

How Indonesia’s new international Islamic university will host global research for ‘moderate Islam’

Martin LaMonica In an attempt to offer an alternative Islamic university model to the current dominance of Middle Eastern universities, Indonesia has announced plans to open the Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII) in Depok, West Java. With more than 200 million believers, Indonesia

First Pig-Monkey Chimeras Were Just Created in China

By Nicoletta Lanese Two piglets recently born in China look like average swine on the outside, but on the inside, they are (a very small) part monkey. A team of researchers generated the pig-primate creatures by injecting monkey stem cells into fertilized pig embryos and then implanting them into

Why Love Isn't Enough

John Amodeo * Is it possible to love someone but not feel emotionally close? Do you have a longing to connect, but your yearning gets frustrated. . . without knowing why? Sadly, there is often a gap between the love we feel in our heart and the emotional intimacy we experience with someone. The co

Group says 5 more years of war in Yemen will cost $29 billion in aid

CAIRO (AP) Reporting by Samy Magdy — Another five years of fighting in Yemen would cost as much as $29 billion just to sustain the current level of humanitarian aid — more than the entire annual humanitarian budget globally — an international relief group said on Monday.

'Even Isis wouldn't shoot at us': medics on frontline of Baghdad protests

When demonstrators took to the streets of Baghdad in early October, two military medics, Abbas and Ahmad, saw people beaten back by police and soldiers, cut down with canisters and bullets and overcome by noxious gases designed for use on the battlefield. Later in the month they left their homes, i

In Lebanon's Tripoli, the poor struggle to make ends meet

TRIPOLI - In a dusty alley streaked with sewage in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli, Fatima, her husband and 11 children live crippled by debt and wondering where their next meal is coming from. "We're a poor people here in Tripoli," said the 38-year-old mother, in the city that has taken ce

The Joker to Guy Fawkes: why protesters around the world are wearing the same masks

Aidan McGarry * From Hong Kong to Chile and from Lebanon to Iraq, people around the world are taking to the streets in protest against their leaders. Across these myriad different protest movements – with their different contexts, histories and goals – people are wearing the same masks.

Lebanon protesters tell the president: ‘it’s time for father of all to leave’

Sunniva Rose and James Haines-Young Protesters closed the highway from the Lebanese capital to Baabda Palace on Wednesday and refused an invitation to meet President Michel Aoun. The demonstration outside the presidential palace came on the 28th day of the mass uprising against the government and

Muscat hosts undeclared talks to end Yemen war: sources

Undeclared talks have been held between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Houthis in the Omani capital, a source close to the group said Thursday, in an attempt to end the Yemen's 4.5-year war. Secret talks are underway between Houthi leaders and Saudi senior officials in Muscat through mediators

Washington Post condemned for referring to Al-Baghdadi as ‘austere religious scholar’

LONDON- The Washington Post has been widely condemned and mocked after referring to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as an “austere religious scholar” in an obituary headline. The Daesh leader blew himself up during a US military raid to capture him in northwest Syria on Saturday night. Donald Tru

How does Lebanon's government work? 

By Cristina Abellan Matamoros   Lebanon's leaders are under pressure to make radical changes to how the country is run as crippling economic conditions and anger at perceived government corruption trigger widespread protests. The country is governed by a power-sharing system aimed at guarant

Is a War Between the US And Israel Possible?

Jonathan Feldstein During college I had an interview for a job with the NSA. I was never really interested in working there as much as curious. With my background in international affairs focused on the Middle East, they seemed interested in me and I was looking for work. And that I taught myself t

Prisoners in China’s Xinjiang concentration camps subjected to gang rape and medical experiments, former detainee says

A Muslim woman who escaped from a state “re-education” camp in China has said inmates were gang raped, subjected to torture and medical experiments and forced to eat pork. Sayragul Sauytbay, a Chinese Muslim of Kazakh descent, said she was detained by the state in November 2017. The 43

How to solve America's hate problem

  by Andre Carson By nature, humans tend to be tribal. We affiliate naturally with those who look like us, believe like us, or live like us. This is as true today as it was thousands of years ago. But in today's interconnected society, we should realise that the simple fact that someone is