More than 250,000 people took to the streets in a 2016 protest organised by hardline Muslim groups against Jakarta’s Christian mayor. Lauren Farrow/AAP

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

Indonesia has long been held up as a model of democratic transition in the Muslim world. This view of the country now needs rethinking.
Crowds protesting the forced retirement of judges, in front of Poland’s Supreme Court building, Warsaw. AP/Czarek Sokolowski

Poland’s judicial purge another step toward authoritarian democracy

With its attempt to purge the country's courts of 40 percent of its judges, Poland's right-wing ruling party passed another milestone on the path towards establishment of a one-party state.
Iraqis carry the picture of three men who were kidnapped and executed by Islamic State during a funeral procession in Karbala, southern Iraq, in June 2018. EPA-EFE/FURQAN AL-AARAJI

Islamic State has survived 100,000 bombs and missiles and is still active

The wars against Islamic State and al-Qaida show that military responses may seem to work in the short term but don’t change much in the long run.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will take office as Mexico’s president on Dec. 1, 2018. Reuters/Goran Tomasevic

Mexico elects a leftist president who welcomes migrants

Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor and career outsider, won Mexico's July 1 presidential election in a landslide. The US-Mexico relationship is about to change.
A man reads a newspaper the day after the presidential and parliamentary elections in Istanbul, June 25, 2018. Aris Messinis/AFP

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the political giant with a cane

The Turkish election highlights the growing strength of Turkish opposition despite the defeat and approves of a president who could be weaker than he would like to appear.
Child survivors of Auschwitz are seen in this 1945 photograph. (Creative Commons)

The dreadful history of children in concentration camps

The more notorious concentration camps of the 20th century must serve as a stark reminder of the depravity of tearing children away from their parents and putting them in camps.
Ivan Rodriguez and Juan Ortiz are still searching for relatives who disappeared in San Miguel Los Lotes during Guatemala’s June 3 Fuego volcano eruption. The government’s rescue mission has now ended. AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

After volcano eruption, Guatemalans lead their own disaster recovery

Guatemala has ended its Fuego volcano rescue mission and declared 110 dead. But people in the hot, ash-covered eruption zone say that the real death tally is much higher and that they'll keep digging.
The United Nations has called a new Trump administration policy of separating migrant families and detaining children ‘abuse.’ Reuters/Patrick Fallon

Forced migration from Central America: 5 essential reads

Trump hopes migrants won't come if they know their children will be taken away. That grim logic ignores the inescapable dangers that drive thousands of Central Americans to flee their homes each year.

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