Bollywood actresses from left, Siddhi Idnani, Yogita Bihani, Sonia Balani, Adah Sharma and producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah during a press conference for the movie "The Kerala Story" in Mumbai, India, May 17, 2023.

Is the fictional film ‘The Kerala Story’ cautionary or propaganda?


“The Kerala Story” is a fictionalized film that has sparked debate in India. It’s about Hindu women being tricked into joining ISIS. The filmmakers say they are uncovering a hidden truth, while others say the film is exaggerated and divisive.

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

In this Wednesday, April 7, 2021 file photo, a firework explodes as Nationalist and Loyalist rioters clash with one another at the peace wall on Lanark Way in West Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Troubled geography: Part I

Critical State
Members of the public are held off at a distance as President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit the scene of a shooting at a supermarket to pay respects to victims of Saturday's shooting in Buffalo, New York, Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

A ‘transnational hate movement’ online radicalized the Buffalo shooter, extremism expert says

Soldiers with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces check a house in Hassakeh, Syria, Jan. 25, 2022. After breaking into the prison late Thursday, ISIS militants were joined by others rioting inside the facility that housed over 3,000 inmates, including

Three months after ISIS attacked a prison in northeast Syria, the fate of at least 100 child detainees remains unclear

An angry mob storms the US Capitol building.

US Capitol attack exposes depth of America’s problem with white extremism


J.M. Berger, author of the book, “Extremism,” says his most urgent question is how and where the large and radicalized community of extremists in the US will act next, pointing out that 15%-30% of Americans identify as white nationalists.

Smoke fills the walkway outside the Senate chamber as supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by US Capitol Police officers inside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.

Former FBI agent: ‘Major intelligence failure’ of US Capitol breach requires 9/11-style commission

Trump administration

“There is going to have to be a reconstruction of events and find out who dropped the ball and why,” said legal and security analyst Asha Rangappa, a former FBI special agent.

Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill, testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 21, 2019, during a public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump.

Fiona Hill: US Capitol attack has ‘elements of a civil conflict’

Trump administration

Fiona Hill was a key witness in the previous impeachment proceedings. Hill was Trump’s top Russia adviser from 2017 to 2019 and also served on the National Security Council. She told The World’s host Marco Werman that the idea to storm the Capitol didn’t come out of the blue.

Violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump storm the US Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

‘Even if a coup fails, it still damages your government’: What the US can learn from Sri Lanka’s coup attempt

Global Politics

Back in November, Sri Lankan writer Indi Samarajiva wrote a prescient essay titled, “I lived through a stupid coup. America is having one now.” After a violent Trump-backed mob attacked the US Capitol on Wednesday, Samarajiva shares what the US might learn from Sri Lanka.

French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti is shown wearing a dark-colored face mask and gray suit while carrying a folder.

France unveils draft law to fight religious extremism

Conflict & Justice

The French government unveiled a draft law Wednesday aimed at better arming France against religious extremism, a project promoted by President Emmanuel Macron to root out what he calls “separatists” undermining the nation.