Malala Yousafzai, 14, was shot in the head for being a girl who wanted to go to school in her home city of Mingora, Pakistan. Taliban militants claimed responsibility after targeting her for openly expressing the belief that females should receive an education. After extensive brain surgery she is still alive, but barely.
Al Qaeda tried to burn down the West to free the Muslim world.
They failed. They failed because violence against New York, London, Israel, and so many others did not stop their dictators at home. They failed because more Muslims died than Westerners in their campaign of terror. They failed because destruction is not [...]
In a probing article, The Kingdom in the Closet, Nadya Labi investigates gay life in Saudi Arabia, exposing specific modern examples of an older view of sexuality nearly forgotten in the West. The conundrums of private/public, identity/acts, religious beliefs/personal truths are all present. It is such a different world from ours:
To be gay in [...]