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Iraq

Kurdistan To Catalonia: Rightful Nation Or Naughty Region?

-Analysis- Is there ever a good time to hold an independence referendum? Of course the answer to that question, from Kurdistan to Catalonia, depends on whom you ask. For those looking to ...

Greece

Olympic Pause

Running, discus throw, long jump, javelin throw, wrestling ... After learning all about the Ancient Olympic Games, my wife was enjoying a well-deserved break in the shade, sitting on the ruins of ...

China

Who Controls The Past? China's Pressure On Western Academics

Once again, life imitates art. In his masterpiece 1984, George Orwell wrote, "Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and ...

Indonesia

View From A Batak Backyard

It's sometimes easy to forget that the Batak houses of Indonesia's North Sumatra are not there only for the tourists' viewing pleasure — people actually live in them. All you need to do is take a ...

Russia

Lining Up For Lenin

Even a decade after the fall of the Soviet Union, people were lining up in Red Square to get a glimpse of Vladimir Lenin: the Communist leader's embalmed body remains on display inside the ...

France

Can A New Wall Shield The Eiffel Tower From Terror?

-Analysis- The blueprints of the Middle Ages are back. Even as metal and glass have long since replaced stone and mortar, there is an unmistakable parallel to be drawn between medieval ...

United States

Seattle From The Needle

That's the beauty of shooting with a telelens: From the top of the famous Space Needle, I was able to see details of downtown Seattle — more than a mile ...

Tunisia

As Libyan Route Shuts Off, Migrants Turn To Tunisian Coast

We have seen far fewer grim accounts of rescues and drownings of would-be immigrants in the Mediterranean in recent weeks, as the human trafficking route-of-choice between North Africa to Europe ...