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The Israel of Marvel’s X-Men

The Israel of Marvel’s X-Men

The story of Krakoa implies that a state born of a desire for security — a militarized society, segregated, focused on strength and always placed in the crosshairs of attacks — is at worst a fundamentally broken state and at best resembles a prison for its people.

In the Female Genital Mutilation Debate, Gambia’s Traditions Clash With Women’s Rights

In the Female Genital Mutilation Debate, Gambia’s Traditions Clash With Women’s Rights

A controversial bill seeking to overturn the ban on female genital mutilation has been introduced in the Gambian Parliament. Political and religious leaders are pushing for decriminalization, citing traditional beliefs and stating that it is one of the virtues of Islam.

A Notorious Photograph From a US Massacre in the Philippines Reveals an Ugly Truth

A Notorious Photograph From a US Massacre in the Philippines Reveals an Ugly Truth

The power of photography to depict the reality of war first emerged over a century ago. Yet despite showing with greater clarity than ever events like the slaughter at Bud Dajo by the U.S. military, it has not given us a universal language of empathy that could galvanize resistance to future crimes.

Gaza and a Changing Middle East — With Ruth Michaelson, Chloe Cornish and Tara Kangarlou

Gaza and a Changing Middle East — With Ruth Michaelson, Chloe Cornish and Tara Kangarlou

While the conflict in Gaza plays out on a tiny strip of land a fraction of the size of Los Angeles, its impact on the wider Middle East region has been huge. New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai speaks to three correspondents covering the region to assess how the war has changed the political and economic landscape.

Al-Mutanabbi’s Status as the ‘Shakespeare of the Arabs’ Was Always Controversial

Al-Mutanabbi’s Status as the ‘Shakespeare of the Arabs’ Was Always Controversial

Though some today ask whether al-Mutanabbi, long hailed as the greatest Arab poet, truly deserves the title, they ignore the fact that his reputation was always in dispute.