Who has the right to wear a beard? Which holy sites are fit for worship? Competition over religious symbols in Kyrgyzstan is deeply intertwined with the political and economic turmoil that has swept the country since the breakdown of the Soviet Union.
No doubt about it: Pope Francis is a superstar. At least in the Philippines. Watching the marching crowds in a country that lacks a strong sense of national identity, it is clear that the visit was a life changing experience for many Filipinos.
For Armenians in Turkey the twentieth century was marked by silence. This strongly contrasts with the history of those who left the country. In Beirut, the elderly speak emotionally about their experiences; younger people grow up with revolutionary songs.
The South African national elections take place on May 7 2014. What are they about? As the elections come closer, tensions intensify, rivalries become harsher, and scandals make headlines. Three concerns that run through everyday political rivalries: