During a weekly anti-separation fence rally in the West Bank on July 17, young demonstrators came armed with soccer balls -- in addition to the regular theatrics involving an exchange of rocks, tear gas and rubber bullets. The ploy was a response to an Israeli Cellcom advertisement.
American and British forces have been suffering greater casualties in Afghanistan as they step up their battle against the Taliban. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who worked on an advisory board to General Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan, discusses if victory is possible for NATO forces.
In a critical week for U.S.-Israeli relations, four prominent American officials are in Israel to discuss key topics such as Iran's nuclear threat and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Daniel Levy of the New American Foundation discusses developments out of the Middle East.
Worldfocus contributor Jen Marlowe is traveling throughout Israel and Palestine. She describes exploring the destroyed village of Zakariyya with Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian acquaintance whose mother fled the village during the 1948 war. A Jewish community now resides in the town, whose name was changed to Zekharya.
In 2005, Turkish lawmakers made it a crime to insult "Turkish identity." Selma Şevkli, a freelance reporter in Turkey, describes how the country has struggled to carve out a place for minorities and to define its "Türküm," or Turkishness.
Next week, the Obama administration is sending three high-ranking officials to Israel. Iran and its nuclear program are expected to be high on the agenda. Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses the possibility that Israel might attack Iranian nuclear sites.
Seven years ago, investigators for Physicians for Human Rights discovered what appeared to be a mass grave in northern Afghanistan. The bodies, they were told, were those of Taliban fighters who had allegedly been mistreated. Susannah Sirkin of Physicians for Human Rights discusses the case.
Pakistan's nazims -- whose role is roughly equivalent to that of mayors in the U.S. -- will soon be replaced, leading some to worry that power will become too centralized. A Worldfocus contributing blogger describes the controversy over Pakistan's system of local politics.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki met on Wednesday to discuss the drawdown of American troops and concerns over rising violence in Iraq. Joost Hiltermann of the International Crisis Group assesses U.S.-Iraqi relations and the security situation.
It has been the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war there started nearly eight years ago. Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation discusses how recent attacks were carried out and the security situation throughout the country.