Jihan Avida

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What Syria reveals about the new world order

<b>The Syrian civil war seems intractable, interminable, a torrent resulting from various polluted streams of histories - from the poorly thought-through Iraq invasion to the withered Arab Spring, from 14 centuries of sectarian conflict to the end of the Cold War.</b><p>But does it point the way to the …

Geopolitics

Nato launches biggest war game in eastern Europe since cold war amid Russia tensions

Poland and its NATO partners on Monday kicked off their largest-ever joint military exercises aimed at shoring up security on the alliance's eastern flank amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the end of the Cold War.<p>The two-week long Anaconda manoeuvres are aimed at "checking the …

Russia

Taliban Get A New Leader, Who's Just As Violent As The Old One

When Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on May 21, many wondered whether his death might help open a window to peace in Afghanistan.<p>"A new opportunity presents itself to those Taliban who are willing to end war and bloodshed," Afghan President Ashraf …

Afghanistan

Learning — And Unlearning — To Be An 'Ambassador' For Islam

<b>Editor's note:</b> In the wake of terrorist attacks around the world, many Muslims feel called upon to publicly defend their faith, a faith many say is not accurately reflected in the stated or assumed motivations behind such attacks. Writer Beenish Ahmed has struggled with this responsibility all her …

Religion

Master Scandinavian Design With These Simple Hacks

All you need is a branch and some copper spray paint.<p>If there's anything we've learned from Pinterest (or IKEA) in the past year, it's that Scandi style is here to stay. With Scandinavian trends hitting the market, the obsession with white walls, sheepskin throws, wood furniture, copper accents and …

Interior Design

Opposition to suburban mosque predictable and sad, Muslims say

The semi-retired attorney from Palos Park was saddened to learn that yet again someone wished to deny him the right to worship, this time in the community he has lived in and loved for some 35 years.<p>An anonymous flier circulated in mailboxes and online this month decried plans to open a mosque and …

How Islamophobia Affects the Mental Health of Young South Asians in the West (And How to Help)

Too often many approach mental health issues as personal problems, rather than reflective of greater social and political injustices -- or perhaps even caused by. I think it's one of the reasons mental health problems are not taken seriously enough.<p>Yet "the personal is political." For centuries, …

Mental Health

Isis claims responsibility for killing of Hindu priest in Bangladesh

Local police say the attack, which left one other wounded, was carried out by local militants, but in a statement, Isis said they killed Jogeshwar Roy<p>Suspected Islamist militants have stabbed to death a Hindu priest at a temple in Bangladesh and shot and wounded a devotee who went to his aid.<p>Police …

The ugly rise of anti-LGBT sentiment in Indonesia threatens Bali tourism

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Bali is a part of Indonesia. The “island of the gods” is mostly Hindu, unlike the rest of the predominantly Muslim nation, and has a distinctive culture, luring travelers who bring along French wine, global sensibilities, and the latest design trends. For …

LGBTQI