The Syrian rebellion is turning hard-line Islamist, squeezing out Christians, Alawites, and Kurds who also hate Assad.
As nationalist fervor intensifies, Vladimir Putin's opponents face some tough choices.
For years the Houthis have been derided as subversives and separatists. Now they're sitting at the table in Sanaa.
Is the turbulent Middle East bringing Sunni and Shiite jihadists together, or driving them to war?
In a small Egyptian town, a corpse washes ashore. And then things get really ugly.
The Salafi ultra-radicals are now Egypt's new power brokers.
Speaking to the centuries-old, wrathful oracle who advises the Dalai Lama on policy.
Hundreds are joining the fight against Assad. Will they return as terrorists?
As the streets of Cairo erupt in chaos, Jerusalem wonders if the military can set things right again.
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.