Category: World

The Case of an American Pastor Caught in a Geopolitical Fight

After two years in Turkish custody, American Pastor Andrew Brunson was released following a hearing on Friday. A judge lifted the travel ban against Brunson, freeing him from two months of house arrest. Prior to that, he had served more than 22 months in jail on terrorism and espionage-related charges in connection with failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan…

The week’s best photojournalism

Water drips from a swimmer’s foot in Buenos Aires. | (Lukas Schulze for OIS/IOC/Handout via REUTERS) A lifeguard passes a giant marionette in New Brighton, Britain. | (REUTERS/Darren Staples) An inflatable sculpture extends from a warehouse in Philadelphia. | (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Mariah Carey performs in Los Angeles. | (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) People building a human tower in Tarragona, Spain. |…

The End of the Human-Rights Hypocrisy

As the consensus grows that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, there’s been a growing backlash to the regime in Riyadh. High-profile luminaries and media and business sponsors are bailing on Saudi initiatives and on a major upcoming investment conference in Riyadh. Thomas Friedman, who wrote a gushing endorsement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed…

How Saudi Media is Addressing Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance

Here’s what we know for sure: On October 2, Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork necessary to get married. He hasn’t been seen since then. Since that day, leaks from Turkish officials have painted a grim picture of what happened to the Saudi journalist and dissident: On Friday, The Washington Post reported that Turkish authorities…

The Martyr and the Pope

“I implore you, I beg you, I order you, in the name of God: stop the repression!” When the archbishop denounced the military government for its campaign of violence against its opponents—and called on soldiers carrying out the violence to disobey orders—some men in the military decided that it was time to kill him. El Salvador was on the brink…

The Dangers of a Neo-Nazi Woodstock

APOLDA, GERMANY— On a recent sunny October afternoon, in a verdant field in central Germany, a vast stage stood beside a cluster of tents, concession stands, and port-o-potties awaiting the arrival of some 5,000 attendees. It could have been the site of a music festival practically anywhere in Europe. But this was “Rock Gegen Überfremdung” or, roughly, “Rock Against Foreign…

The Final Appearance of the Giant Puppets of Royal de Luxe

Christopher Furlong / Getty The French street theatre company Royal de Luxe has presented multi-day outdoor performances featuring their giant marionettes for millions of people around the world for more than 20 years. Their current cast of puppets—Big Giant, Little Giantess, Xolo the dog, Giant Grandmother, and Little Boy Giant—have just been retired, following their final performance last week in…