Growing up in New York City, there were no two sides of the story. It was a company town back then, and the company was Israel, though this didn’t become obvious to me until I raised my hand in “Nationalism and Terrorism” class one day and challenged my teacher to account for the different historical treatment we were giving the Palestinian cause and the independence movement in Northern Ireland.
Piracy returned to the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa in November, after a strange constellation of events that had less to do with armed Somalis in skiffs and more to do with the war in Gaza.
When Kissinger died, he escaped once and for all from having to face an irreversible decline in his respectability among American elites, let alone actual punishment for what many agree was, at the least, his critical role in the killing of hundreds of thousands if not millions of people in the Global South.
In a region where eight coups have unfolded in the past three years, presidents have extended term limits and elections have lacked credibility, Liberian President George Weah’s acknowledgment of his electoral defeat stood out.
Whatever is motivating some social media influencers to make a public display of conversion to Islam — and however authentic such conversions may be — the trend goes beyond a purported crisis of personal faith. It comes intertwined with politics, war and propaganda.