PARIS -- The burkini ban made authorities and the republic they represent look ridiculous. Yet at the same time, the matter is complex.
Ibtihaj Muhammad is more than simply an Olympic athlete. With each lunge and parry, she is cutting through stereotypes and misconceptions about Muslims.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- My message is a call for us to amplify our stance against oppression in all its forms. It is a call for us to refocus our attention on peace and social justice. And it is a prayer of condolence.
Awash in so much data, it is hard to know which have long-term value and which we can ignore.
Trump may not be this popular if we paid more attention to ancient Greek tragedy.
Being black in China is not easy, but it's not as bad as many would have you think, according to our two guests this week who are both black immigrants currently living in Beijing.
In American politics, we are witnessing a startling escalation of religious, ethnic and racial discrimination and divisiveness that is quickly racing down a slippery slope. Before our civilization goes over the brink, we must stop, step back and address these fundamental questions of humanity.
LISBON, Portugal -- This week's U.N. summit on the global drug problem is already a turning point in our collective journey toward improving global drug policy. Whatever the final formal conclusions, reforms are on and history is in the making.
Wally Faleka, 46, has run Village Level Art and Graphics since 1989 in his home village of Fo'ondo on Malaita, one of the Solomon Islands. Despite the island's lack of running water and electricity, Wally has developed his own screen printing technique, recycling x-ray plastics and surgical knives from a nearby hospital for making and cutting his stencils.
Since he burst onto the concert scene in 1983, pianist Stephen Hough has become widely regarded as among the most versatile and probing of artists. He recently spoke with The WorldPost about the challenges of classical music in the age of social media and instant messaging.
PRAGUE -- So we are on a date. On a grassy hilltop behind Prague's historic castle. And this little girl comes frolicking in our direction, sees me, stops dead and starts running back screaming for her parents who are somewhere in the distance. Only she doesn't quite make it back unscathed: she trips, falls down flat, gets up and limps back to shelter. We snigger. And then my Czech date mimes, "Mama, I saw a terrorist."
Mabilón Jiménez Quispe survives in one of Lima's poorest areas thanks to his handicraft -- making retablos -- a folk art derived from traditional Catholic church art. Mabilón sells his work in Peru and overseas. But the earnings from this time-consuming craft are meager, and many other retablo-makers have abandoned the craft to take up other work. Today, only around 50 families in Lima make retablos, just half of them working by hand as Mabilón does.
Every year, more than three million babies die in their first month of life. Most of these deaths could be prevented if appropriate technologies were available in the hospitals of the world's poorest countries. One woman is trying to make that a reality.
Claudio Corallo has 40 years of experience producing coffee and chocolate in Africa, working first in Zaire (today the Democratic Republic of Congo) and since the 1990s in São Tomé and Príncipe, a tiny archipelago off the coast of Guinea in West Africa. When he started out, his greatest challenge was removing the characteristic bitterness of the variety of beans grown on his plantation. Today, he sells his dark chocolate to gourmet buyers in Europe, the United States and Japan.
One gesture, one person, one moment. This is how change happens. In this final installment of "Yousef and Farhad," we hope to reach Iranian families -- and those in other countries -- who are struggling with the sexual orientation of a loved one with an appeal for acceptance and dignity for all.
When society's rules influence Yousef's family acceptance, it's time for him to find a new home. Daily life for LGBTIQ Iranians, as is true in other countries that criminalize homosexuality, is infinitely more complicated than the laws on the books. In spite of the challenges and risks, they find boyfriends and girlfriends -- and even the most unlikely protectors. But their journey is never easy and not every story ends happily. This is the third installment of "Yousef and Farhad."