The most important map in the world

January 5, 2016

The rising hostility between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the Middle East makes a map of their distribution throughout the Islamic world very important to understanding what may happen in the next few months.

Vatican formally recognizes Palestine

January 4, 2016

The Vatican’s formal recognition of Palestine went into effect on New Year’s Day. The Roman Catholic Church has wanted control of Christian sites–and possibly all of Jerusalem’s Old City–for decades.

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