Terror prompts brooding on cultural divisions
After a series of attacks by home-grown Islamists, western governments are facing questions over their social policies. Should they accommodate a range of value systems or assert their own?
Fear and loathing in the heart of Europe
In the wake of another terror attack there is a renewed focus on failures of intelligence. But when the enemy lives freely in our midst, should not liberal democracy itself be under fire?
Ruqia Hassan: witness who paid with her life
Are peace and justice brought about by nations? Or is real change more often due to a fearless individual such as the woman who wrote on Facebook about life in Raqqa under the rule of Daesh.
Turkey blames Daesh for Istanbul suicide bomb
A new year, a new horror. Istanbul reels from the death of at least eight German visitors, and Turkish tourism faces meltdown. Should rich countries discourage visits?
Alarm over growing use of child soldiers
Isa Dare’s role in Daesh’s latest video is a reminder that child recruits are as important to the group as adults. The issue of child soldiers is growing around the world – what can be done?
World watches nervously as Russia bombs Syria
Russia has bombed anti-government targets in Syria, drawing condemnation from the Nato alliance of western countries. Is this the most dangerous crisis since the Second World War?
Europe engulfed by migration crisis
Thousands of people are arriving in Europe from the Middle East and Africa, seeking a safe place to live and causing problems across the continent. Would welcoming them be the moral choice?
Unique ancient wonder at IS militants’ mercy
Islamist militants have seized one of the Middle East’s most prized cultural sites amid Syria’s civil war. How concerned should we be at the desecration of relics from millennia ago?