The sun rises over a Mosque on the Persian Gulf in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 9, 1990.

Saudi Arabia’s conservative clerics have a new relationship with the government under Mohammed bin Salman

Lifestyle & Belief

Social change in Saudi Arabia has long been deemed impossible due to the influence of the conservative clerical establishment. But as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman supports new cultural attractions, experts are wondering whether the power of these clerics has diminished. Raihan Ismail, professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University, spoke to The World’s host Carolyn Beeler about what role the clerics play in Saudi society today.

A group of police officers in black uniforms detain a Black man wearing gray pants and white tank.

When police reform hasn’t worked: Part II

Critical State
Zin Mar Aung of Myanmar (center) receives congratulations from First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she receives a State Department 2012 International Women of Courage Award.

Myanmar’s military regime says it’s making way for democracy, but this activist says freedom is a long way off

Spirit of Detroit statute, Detroit, Michigan

Detroit’s existing immigrant communities feel left out by a new proposal to attract skilled immigrants

How Volunteers Keep Watch, Ease Isolation of Immigrant Detainees

Global Nation

One Year Later, Undocumented Youth Program a Success

Congress went on recess earlier this month without passing immigration reform. “I believe that this president will be tempted if nothing happens in Congress, he will be tempted, to issue an executive order like he did for the DREAM kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people,” warned Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) […]

Senators take step forward for ‘Path to Citizenship’ immigration bill

Global Politics

Senate Democrats and some Republicans gave tentative approval to a $40 billion “border surge” bill that proposes to beef up the manpower and structural security of the U.S.-Mexico border. It is a step Democrats hope will give momentum for a bill to create a “path to citizenship” for illegal immigrants already in the United States.

Comprehensive immigration reform has run up against hurdles in the past

Conflict & Justice

Comprehensive immigration reform is the word of the week. Senators have a plan, the president has a plan and activists have more plans than they know what to do with. But if history is any judge, these plans for comprehensive reform will have a tough road ahead of them.

Bipartisan senate group announces immigration reform plan

Global Politics

Republican and Democrat senators introduced a bipartisan plan on Monday for immigration reform. The legislation, they say, will create a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, sanction employers who hire undocumented workers and increase border security.

In Texas, Hispanics hoping to flex political muscle to help get immigration reform

Global Politics

Hispanics played a major role in deciding November’s presidential election. And now, as President Barack Obama prepares to start his second term with an eye on immigration reform, many Hispanic activists are hoping to take that new power and put it to work.