World Beat Newsletter

Life in the Gray Zone

While ISIS makes war on the world's vast majority of "moderate Muslims," hardliners in the West pretend they don't exist.

Africa’s Success Story

Diamond-rich Botswana avoided the dreaded resource curse and established a prosperous, stable democracy. But political turmoil has begun to roil the traditionally placid society.
Obama's made a lot of Faustian bargains over the last seven years. But given his likely successors, what we got over the last two terms may be as good as it gets.

Syria: Mission Possible

There's no grand, exciting solution to the war in Syria. It's going to take an endless parade of meetings where people sit and talk. And talk. And talk.

Je Suis Charlie (Manson)

What the psychology of mass murderers — from Charles Manson on up to Bashar al-Assad and ISIS — can teach us about the method behind their madness.
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