Extremism

man at podium outside in the snow

India’s Rahul Gandhi supporters finish 5-month rally and march against increasingly nationalist state

Rahul Gandhi, head of India's opposition Congress party, started a unity march last September from the southern tip of the country, which ended on Monday. Gandhi is trying to drum up support for his party, opposition to the ruling BJP and, many observers say, trying to uphold democracy in the face of what's becoming an increasingly religious state.

India’s Rahul Gandhi supporters finish 5-month rally and march against increasingly nationalist state
Security officials and rescue workers gather at the site of suicide bombing, in Peshawar, Pakistan

Suicide bomber kills 34, wounds 150 at mosque in NW Pakistan

Suicide bomber kills 34, wounds 150 at mosque in NW Pakistan
A general view of Mes Aynak valley is seen some 25 miles southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2, 2022. Buildings on top are offices of Chinese mining company MCC that won the contract to exploit the world's second-largest copper mine.

A Chinese company strikes a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from Afghanistan

A Chinese company strikes a deal with the Taliban to extract oil from Afghanistan
A security personnel speaks to people from inside the main gate of Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi, India

Blocking BBC documentary on Gujarat riots goes against India's democratic values, journalist says

Blocking BBC documentary on Gujarat riots goes against India's democratic values, journalist says
woman with letter

Court orders Canada to take back its citizens from camps in Syria

Court orders Canada to take back its citizens from camps in Syria
In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter from Shams al-Shamal heads to the front line in Kobani, Syria. 

Random rules: Part II

Critical State, a foreign policy newsletter by Inkstick Media, takes a deep dive this week into Ahrar al-Sham, one faction in the Syrian war, and the strategies it used to manage alliances among other rebel factions.

Random rules: Part II
band

TarantisT bandleader on protests in Iran: 'This is not protest anymore. This is a revolution'

In the Iranian diaspora community of Los Angeles, members of the heavy metal group TarantisT have added their artistic voices to the protests in Iran. Arash Rahbary is the band's singer and bassist. He speaks to host Marco Werman.

TarantisT bandleader on protests in Iran: 'This is not protest anymore. This is a revolution'
women and a baby

‘I am living through my worst nightmare’: Women aid workers in Afghanistan react to ban on employment

Women who work for nongovernmental organizations in Afghanistan are in shock after the group announced a ban on female employees.

‘I am living through my worst nightmare’: Women aid workers in Afghanistan react to ban on employment
Paul Hudson of Sarasota, Fla., holds up a photo of his daughter Melina who was killed at 16 years old, along with the photos of almost a hundred other victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

'Libya's institutions are becoming weaker,' analyst says after suspected Lockerbie bomber arrest

A Libyan man suspected of involvement in the making of the bomb that destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, is now in US custody. To discuss the view from inside Libya, The World's host Marco Werman spoke with Jalel Harchaoui, an associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies in Paris.

'Libya's institutions are becoming weaker,' analyst says after suspected Lockerbie bomber arrest
Smoke rises from a hotel building after an explosions and gunfire in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 12, 2022.

Taliban: Assailants attack hotel in Afghan capital Kabul

Three Afghan locals have been killed, with others injured — including two foreigners — after gunmen attacked a Kabul hotel frequented by Chinese nationals on Monday.

Taliban: Assailants attack hotel in Afghan capital Kabul
woman against wall

These Afghan women soldiers made it out of Afghanistan. Their next battle is making it in the US.

About 40 members of a special, all-women Afghan platoon that worked alongside the US military barely made it out of Afghanistan last year. Now, they want to put their training to use even though they remain in a legal limbo. But that hasn’t stopped them learning English and getting an education. 

These Afghan women soldiers made it out of Afghanistan. Their next battle is making it in the US.
soldiers in a tank

As bombs fall, northern Syria braces for a potential Turkish invasion

Human rights groups warn that a Turkish invasion could trigger a new exodus of refugees, and worsen an already dire humanitarian crisis in northern Syria.

As bombs fall, northern Syria braces for a potential Turkish invasion
woman speaking to crowd

'We all want democracy': Taiwanese stand in solidarity with Chinese 'white paper protests'

In China, protests have declined after the loosening of some COVID-19 restrictions. Some Taiwanese continue to support the "A4 revolution," or "white paper protests," in China.

'We all want democracy': Taiwanese stand in solidarity with Chinese 'white paper protests'
people at gas pump

Renewed calls in Syria to overthrow Assad regime

Protesters in the southern Syrian city of Suweida stormed a government building and torched pictures of President Bashar al-Assad over the weekend. They called for overthrowing the president, whom they blame for the worsening economic conditions.

Renewed calls in Syria to overthrow Assad regime
Rodney Dixon, lawyer for Al Jazeera, third from left, and Lina Abu Akleh, niece of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, second left, answer questions during a press conference

Al Jazeera wants the ICC to do a 'thorough and independent' investigation into Shireen Abu Akleh's killing

The World's host Marco Werman spoke with the network's Washington, DC, bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara, about new evidence found and presented to the court.

Al Jazeera wants the ICC to do a 'thorough and independent' investigation into Shireen Abu Akleh's killing