Colombia’s Pro-Lifers Are Objectively Pro-Zika (Foreign Policy)

Colombia’s progressive abortion laws can stop the spread of Zika-linked microcephaly. But the conservative opposition has other plans. BOGOTA, Colombia — On a brisk, rainy day in late March, eight determined protesters held a seemingly endless vigil outside Santa Ana Parish on Calle 33A. With all the solemnity of a requiem, they directed their prayers…

Malaysia & Thailand: The Odd Couple

Over the past few years I have spent extended periods of time on both sides of the Thai-Malay border living in the two neighboring countries that bisect the Malaysian Peninsula. Sitting up my last night in the garment factory/townhouse I have been lodging at on and off in Bangkok for the last month before heading back…

The Other Baghdad

The name Baghdad tends to give rise to visions of war and relentless instability. But this is not always the case. In a suburb of  Istanbul, on a road of the same name (known locally as Bağdat Caddesi),  you couldn’t be farther away from the sight of violence. At least this was the conclusion I drew from…