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Access to Abortion Is Shrinking in Romania

A Ban by the Back Door

In Romania, abortions are legal but access is shrinking. The vast majority of state hospitals don’t offer terminations, while private centers are unaffordable to most. Recent cases of women dying bring back memories of the disastrous ban under the communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu.

Why the Indian Election Results Present Modi With a Defeat Within a Win

A Defeat Within a Win

Exit polls had projected an absolute majority for the Bharatiya Janata Party, leading observers to expect a stronger Narendra Modi in his third term. But the results ended up shocking politicians, pundits and the public alike, and presented Modi with a form of defeat within his victory.

Remembering the Holocaust While Gaza Starves

Remembering the Holocaust While Gaza Starves

On May 4, Amsterdam marked Remembrance Day, an annual commemoration of those who resisted the Nazi occupation, with special emphasis on the Jews who perished. Yet what kept intruding on me, perversely and inevitably, was Gaza.

If Carthage Is Destroyed, It Won’t Be at the Hands of Mark Zuckerberg

If Carthage Is Destroyed, It Won’t Be at the Hands of Mark Zuckerberg

When Mark Zuckerberg sported a T-shirt with the Latin phrase meaning “Carthage must be destroyed” on it, conspiracy theories swirled in Tunisia about whether the Facebook founder was plotting to take down the regime in modern-day Carthage.

The Murder Trial of a Former Minister in Kazakhstan Has Gripped the Region

The Murder Trial of a Former Minister in Kazakhstan Has Gripped the Region

Kazakhstan and the surrounding region have been morbidly fascinated by the case of a 44-year-old former government official who was detained on the day his wife’s body was found.

Israel Does Not Know How To End the War in Gaza

Israel Does Not Know How To End the War in Gaza

Israelis across the political spectrum are starting to understand that the war in Gaza is unwinnable. After seven months, the army has succeeded neither in eliminating Hamas nor in bringing the captives home. But there’s no exit plan and no plan for the day after.

Why Baloch Women in Pakistan Led an Unprecedented March

Why Baloch Women in Pakistan Led an Unprecedented March

The recent protest march, led by women, against enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings in Balochistan province in Pakistan was unprecedented, not only in its size but also because it is rare for Baloch grievances to gain national limelight.