Today’s picks: recent history repeating itself in Pakistan, insider politics Japan-style and how a U.N. climate change compensation scheme went awry.
The new status quo in the Middle East is one of porous borders, growing radicalization and the fragmentation of once stable nation-states
A 57-year-old Italian cleric who has lived in Syria for more than thirty years speaks out on the nature of the conflict and his hopes for peace.
TIME looks at a number of Syria’s most famous medieval fortresses, some of which are nearly a millennium old.
Among today’s picks: factional politics in China, the emerging proxy wars in the Middle East and remembering 8-8-88 in Burma.
A tightly managed trial and a secretive seaside gathering tell us much about the ruling party’s fears
Though the domestic environment in either country is hardly suitable for rapprochement, there are signs of a thaw between the U.S. and Pakistan, particularly in the dealings of their influential spy agencies
A medical student who has spent months saving lives in makeshift trauma stations shares his harrowing tale
The parliamentary denoucement of the ministers of defense and the interior may be a sign of Afghan democracy at work but it makes the security situation much more volatile for U.S. forces preparing to withdraw
India’s pre-eminent anticorruption activist says he won’t run for office, but his movement looks set to enter the hurly-burly of Indian democracy
Today’s required reading: a harrowing account from Syria, searching for the ghosts of the financial crisis and new details in the Bo Xilai scandal