When one returns to America this week after spending some time overseas, one may question his own sanity, struck by the perception that the U.S. government seems bent on an almost suicidal road to war.
New U.S. sanctions recently announced against Iran are aimed at making life difficult for Mahan Air and other entities. But the limitations are unlikely to move Iran to freeze its nuclear program and will instead damage prospects for peace.
In spite of a U.N. Security Council resolution banning the use of "barrel bombs" — a type of improvised explosive device filled with shrapnel, oil and chemicals — both the Syrian and Iraqi governments continue to use them against civilians.
New rites of passage to replace the traditional practice of female genital mutilation offers hope of protecting woman from bodily harm and helping them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives in Africa and the Middle East.