A scary virus is sweeping Saudi Arabia. Six million religious pilgrims are about to descend on the country from across the world. The result could be disastrous.
Explaining the persistence of violence, sectarianism, and incompetence.
Does 538 work when only one person runs the show in Tehran?
Iran is in the throes of an unprecedented sexual revolution. Could it eventually shake the regime?
Sunni-Shiite hatreds are the least of the Middle East's problems -- it's the struggle within the Sunni world that will define the region for years to come.
In Syria’s beautiful northwest, all is peaceful. But death is never far away.
What we know about the Syrian rebel commander captured on video ripping out and eating the heart of a pro-Assad fighter.
Why Syria could turn out to be Iran's Vietnam -- not America's.
Is this a generationally significant change of power, or more of the same dysfunction?
A Review of Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder, and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia by Philip Shishkin.
Some free advice for my MENA friends.
Their religion may stress peace, but some Buddhists are showing that they’re entirely capable of violence in the name of faith.
Buddhist monks have been major instigators of the recent violence against Muslims in Burma.
A brief history of the Chechen diaspora, Islamic radicalism, and the possible link to the Boston bombing suspects.
Russians weren't paying much attention to their own war on terror. But that was before the attacks in Boston.
Why the United States should walk carefully and move slowly when it comes to reform in Bahrain.
What does it say about Germany today that in order to see some Jews you’ve got to go to a museum?
The pope's foot baths were not just a masterstroke of public relations -- they were the opening salvo of a serious campaign to revive the Catholic Church.
How Pope Francis can really help the poor -- and why he'll help the Catholic Church, too, in the process.
Rampaging Islamist vigilantes are cracking down on free expression -- and ruining Tunisia's Arab Spring.
Eric Harroun claims to have joined up with an al Qaeda-linked group fighting in Syria’s brutal civil war. We tracked him down, but getting the truth was more difficult.
Was it the dirty war, the social conservatism, or both?
By going over the heads of Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Obama is demanding that their people step up.
The Muslim Brotherhood may have the votes -- for now -- but Egypt is a ship without a rudder.