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The blockade of Qatar is failing

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>It's hard to imagine the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates thought it would go this way.</b> …

Saudi Arabia

Opinion: Autocracy versus pluralism in the Qatar crisis

Saudi Arabia has yet to present a single reasonable argument in its row with Qatar, says Kersten Knipp. Serious power interests are at stake – as is, …

Muslim Photographer's Ambitious Project Seeks To Showcase Islam's Diversity

Carlos Khalil Guzman is exploring how Muslims in all 50 states practice Islam.<p>A Muslim photographer is working on an ambitious project that he hopes will tackle stereotypes about American Muslims and showcase the community’s rich diversity.<p>Since the fall of 2015, Carlos Khalil Guzman has been using …

Islam

Pope Francis allies accuse Trump White House of 'apocalyptic geopolitics'

An explosive article written by two close associates of Pope Francis has accused Steve Bannon, the chief White House strategist, of espousing an “apocalyptic geopolitics” whose roots are “not too far apart” from that of Islamist extremism.<p>Evangelicals scratch Donald Trump's back – and he's …

Donald Trump

After one of Britain's first gay Muslim marriages, let me tell you what it's actually like to be a gay Muslim

This week, Britain celebrated one of its first same-sex Muslim marriages. Jahed Choudhury, 24 – who identifies as both gay and Muslim – married his …

Improve the Brexit offer to EU citizens, or we’ll veto the deal

In the European parliament we accept that the Brexit decision was a democratic choice, but we were never convinced Brexit would be a positive development economically: certainly not for the standing of Europe and the UK in the world and, most importantly, not for citizens. The UK proposal only …

United Kingdom

Saudi Arabia exports extremism to many countries - including Germany, study says

A British study has found that Saudi Arabia plays a key role in the radicalization of Muslims. The Wahhabi influence, fueled by oil money, can be …

For Russia, Trump-Putin Meeting Is a Sure Winner

MOSCOW — With the long-awaited first meeting between President Vladimir V. Putin and President Trump finally in sight, the Kremlin is hoping at a minimum to inject some clarity into a relationship so far marred by contradictions, anxiety, scattered recriminations and, on occasion, astonishing …

Russia

Berlin 'subway kicker' sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison

A man who was seen kicking a woman down the stairs of a Berlin subway station was sentenced to two years and eleven months in jail. The viral video …

Chinese and Indian troops face off in Bhutan border dispute

China has demanded the withdrawal of Indian troops from a scrap of disputed territory to end an escalating border row between the two Asian powers that has drawn in tiny Bhutan.<p>Beijing claims the Indian troops are occupying its soil, but both Bhutan and India maintain the area in question is …

India

How the Psychology of Cyberbullying Explains Trump’s Tweets

Why does the president keep attacking journalists and others online? Look to the behavior of cyberbullies, experts say.<p>When President Donald Trump tweeted last week about “crazy” Mika Brzezinski “bleeding badly from a face-lift,” it was shocking but hardly surprising. His first online barb against …

Donald Trump

Theresa May sitting on report on foreign funding of UK extremists

Exclusive: Green co-leader Caroline Lucas suggests ‘astonishing’ delay in publication is down to reluctance to criticise Saudi Arabia<p>A report on the foreign funding of extremism in the UK was given to Downing Street last year, it has been revealed, but Theresa May is still to decide whether to make …

Saudi Arabia

In a nod to Angela Merkel’s political genius, Germany votes “yes” to gay marriage

Angela Merkel, the longest-serving national leader in the European Union, just showed off the political cunning that has kept her in office so long.<p>In what has so far amounted to a rather boring re-election campaign for Merkel, the German chancellor decided to shake things up, to her great benefit. …

LGBTQI

For Russians, Stalin is the ‘most outstanding’ figure in world history, followed by Putin

MOSCOW — More Russians consider Joseph Stalin the “most outstanding person” in world history than any other leader, according to a poll released Monday. Tied for second in the same survey is the man who has done more than anyone to restore the notorious Soviet dictator's reputation, Russian …

Russia

Canada’s Secret to Resisting the West’s Populist Wave

TORONTO — As right-wing populism has roiled elections and upended politics across the West, there is one country where populists have largely failed to break through: Canada.<p>The raw ingredients are present. A white ethnic majority that is losing its demographic dominance. A sharp rise in …

Canada

Mesmerizing maps show the global flow of refugees over the last 15 years

In honor of World Refugee Day, observed on June 20, we're looking at what that flow actually looks like compared to the rest of the world.<p>Earth TimeLapse, an interactive platform created by Carnegie Mellon University and Robert Muggah, global security expert and research director at the Igarapé …

Russia's "Gay Propaganda" Ban Violates International Law, Top Human Rights Court Rules

"By adopting such laws the Court found that the authorities had reinforced stigma and prejudice and encouraged homophobia," the European Court of Human Rights said.<p>Europe's top human rights court ruled on Tuesday that Russia's so-called "gay propaganda" ban violates international agreements …

LGBTQI

How does the Irish border affect the Brexit talks?

Why is the Irish border significant?<p>Post Brexit, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will become the only land border between Britain and the European Union, raising the possibility – technically – of passport checks, customs checks and tariffs.<p>Passport checks are highly …

United Kingdom

Britain is leaving the EU – just as Europe is on the up

That Helmut Kohl, the man who oversaw the reunification of Germany and was for so long a giant on the European stage, should die on the eve of negotiations leading to Britain’s withdrawal from the EU seems symbolic. The former German chancellor made the best of the extraordinary circumstances and …

Europe

Is Trump launching a new New World Order?

<b>(AP/Evan Vucci)</b><p>Call it the Petro-Powers vs. the Greens<p>Michael T. Klare<p>June 18, 2017 12:29pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>That Donald Trump is a grand disruptor when it comes to international affairs is now a commonplace observation in the establishment media. By snubbing NATO …

Geopolitics

Donald Trump Is Making Europe Liberal Again

On Dec. 4 last year, less than a month after Donald Trump had defeated Hillary Clinton, Austria held a revote in its presidential election, which …

How a belittled, 68-year-old British socialist did the impossible: Get the youth to turn out and vote

So the world’s most politically apathetic youth have finally found their voice. In doing so, they have forever altered British politics. The man to inspire them? An elderly politician widely derided by his opponents, the press, and most of the elected members of his party (paywall).<p>The Labour …

Labour Party

There’s a new way the U.S. is committing to Paris

Americans plan to fight climate change with or without the federal government’s help<p>It’s been a week since President Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement. In that time, a remarkable transformation has taken place.<p>As the federal government abdicates its responsibility …

How the Saudi-Qatar Rivalry, Now Combusting, Reshaped the Middle East

The crisis convulsing the Persian Gulf, entangling the United States and now threatening to pull in Turkey and Iran, can be traced to a dilemma facing a man who had just deposed his own father.<p>When Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the crown prince of Qatar, took power in a bloodless coup in 1995, …

Geopolitics

The Guardian view on the French elections: Macron’s quiet revolution of the centre

France has given its new president an impressive extra mandate. The contrast with the political chaos in Britain is painful<p>Fortunate car drivers may be familiar with the “green wave”, in which a sequence of traffic lights are coordinated so that each conveniently turns to “go” just as the vehicle …

Europe

Tory-DUP deal: Ruth Davidson 'receives assurances' from PM over gay rights

Scottish Conservative leader says Theresa May has vowed there will be ‘absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights’<p>• General election aftermath - latest updates<p>The Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, said she has received assurances from the prime minister over gay rights should the Tories do …

United Kingdom

Most countries score an F on our LGBT human rights report card

June is Gay Pride Month, but the sobering reality is that most countries, including the U.S., do not protect sexual minorities.<p>Our research gives …

Iranian military blames Saudis after 12 killed in Tehran terrorist attack

Islamic State claims responsibility for attacks on parliament and revolutionary leader’s tomb which left dozens injured<p>Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have blamed Saudi Arabia for the first terrorist attack claimed by Islamic State in their country, setting the stage for spiralling tensions between the …

Extremism