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Europe Dispatch: What Is Europe? Freedom, Slavery, Austerity or Nothing at All

In his front yard in Poland, Jaroslaw Kurski flies the European Union flag, blue with a circle of yellow stars, and he carries one during street protests against a nationalist government that has chipped away at his country’s young [...]

Lebanon Dispatch: Basketball Is ‘War, Minus the Shooting’ in Sectarian Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Frankly speaking, their team was never going to win. But that did not stop the die-hard fans in the stands from hurling abuse at their rivals. Some taunts were of the “your mother” variety, others from a genre [...]

Kyrgyzstan Dispatch: A Mennonite Town in Muslim Central Asia Holds On Against the Odds

ROT FRONT, Kyrgyzstan — Each Sunday morning, a rickety white bus wheezes down the main street of one of Christendom’s most remote and odd outposts in the Muslim world. The bus travels only a few hundred yards but continues a long, [...]

Algiers Dispatch: Algeria’s Turmoil Adds New Obstacle to Saving the Historic Casbah

ALGIERS — Much of the capital is boiling over with stifled anger at 20 years of police-state repression. But the Casbah, in the heart of Algiers, is strangely quiet, the ancient stone alleys empty in the glare of the sun. There is [...]

Sudan dispatch: Bullets, Tear Gas and Love: Romance Blooms in the Midst of Sudan Protests

The minivan sped along the Nile, weaving through the evening traffic. The bride sat up front in a pink dress, a sparkling purse on her lap and her feet swaddled in bandages. The bride, Samar Alnour, was shot twice last month during [...]

Russia Dispatch: As Chinese Flock to Siberia’s Lake Baikal, Local Russians Growl

LISTVYANKA, Russia — When Andrei Sukhanov saw that the Chinese-owned hotel rising next door was about to obstruct the sweeping view of Lake Baikal from his small, rustic motel, he steeled himself with a shot of vodka, grabbed his [...]

Capri Dispatch: Capri Welcomes 2.3 Million Tourists a Year but Wants to Limit the Trash They Leave Behind

CAPRI, Italy — Luigi Esposito, whose ancestors have lived on Capri since 1810, objects when he hears people describe the island as “the most beautiful place in the world.” “There are many beautiful places in the world,” he [...]

Afghanistan Dispatch: In Afghan Blood Sports, the Animals Aren’t the Only Ones Fighting

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — A boy about 8 years old, sitting cross-legged on the cab of a truck, shouted at the top of his lungs: “Go John Cena, go boy, give it to him, I want to take all your pain on myself!” John Cena in this [...]

Sri Lanka Dispatch: Extremism Found Fertile Ground in Sri Lankan Hometown of Radical Preacher

KATTANKUDY, Sri Lanka — When the Wahhabis came, with their austere ideology and abundant coffers, the town of Kattankudy yielded fertile ground. In this part of Sri Lanka, faith was often the sole sustaining force during the civil [...]

South Korea Dispatch: Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers

GANGJIN COUNTY, South Korea — Every morning on her way to school, Hwang Wol-geum, a first grader, rides the same yellow bus as three of her family members: One is a kindergartner, another a third grader and the other a fifth grader. Ms. [...]