Before Estaifan Shilaita was a cab driver in Chicago, he was Iraq's national boxing champion, reigning in the ring from 1968 to 1976. He tells Worldview what it was like to box before Saddam Hussein came to power.
Across the Middle East, William Shakespeare is just as much of a literary staple as he is in the United States. That is, if you switch out classical English for classical Arabic, swap Hamlet for an Arabian prince, and assign opposing Sunni and Shia’ identities to the star-crossed lovers.
As political instability continues in Iraq, the country's alliances are deteriorating. Disputes about revenue between Baghdad and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan have slowed the country’s oil production.
The story of Robert Bales, the 38-year-old sergeant who stands accused of killing 16 Afghanis (9 of them children, knifed and shot at close range), is a catastrophe for myriad reasons. The families of the dead, no matter how acclimatized to constant and endless war, are surely devastated.
In the last two weeks, at least 14 young Iraqis who were perceived to be gay or part of the emo culture have been killed in Baghdad. Scott Long, a human rights fellow at Harvard Law School, tells Worldview why these kids have recently become the target of increased violence.
As Syria's uprising grows more violent, doctors have resorted to treating those hurt in underground clinics. As a result, many have been detained, harassed, deported, and even killed. Worldview talks to Dr.