ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, United States, Europe: these are the names of major actors played by the media in regards to recent upheaval in the Middle East, marked by the rise of the Islamic State. While the international community now weighs its focus on counter-terrorism efforts lead by the US, one question sits in the back of everyone's mind: what about Israel?Read More
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As ISIS gains more traction in the region, the international community’s lack of action inadvertently lays the foundation for increased terrorist attacks, the violent repression and persecution of ethnic and religious minorities, and the further destabilization of Syria and Iraq.
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The path to gender equality in Saudi Arabia is fraught with obstacles, but things are changing in the ultra-conservative Kingdom in recent years as new forms of activism are arising on the international and domestic level.Read More
About 2 million Muslims are traveling all over the world to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the hajj to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam. Not sure what's going on? Read an overview of the rituals and practices performed on the holy Hajj.
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