Behzat C is one of the most popular shows on Turkish TV, with the public at least. Among government censors, however, it's a popular target. It's not your typical Turkish TV show.
Egypt's president, Mohamed Morsi, wants his decisions to be above judicial review. He said as much in a decree that he issued recently. And while he's backed off somewhat in the face of mounting political pressure, opposition groups are returning to a familiar place to try and assert their own power.
Egypt's efforts to forge a new constitution have largely been stymied to date. The first version was thrown out by the courts as not reflective of the country's diversity. Now, a new assembly is trying to write a new one, but encountering resistance from Egyptians who don't like what's in this latest document.
As Egypt's Muslim-dominated government consolidates and organizes, there's a move to remake Egyptian law in a more conservative image. This week, the country's public prosecutor ordered a ban on online pornography be implemented.
Mali is in the throes of an uprising between the country's Islamic fundamentalists and its nomadic, indigenous Tuareg people. The Islamists are on top and have banned all "non-devotional" music. And that's totally upended what was once a vibrant music scene.
Israel wants to tie peace with Palestinians to reparations for Middle Eastern Jews who fled to Israel
There's movement, slight, to restart the stalled Israel-Palestinian peace process. But Israel wants to introduce a new element to the discussion. They're seeking compensation for Middle Eastern Jews forced from their homelands, in exchange for compensation for Palestinian refugees.
Srebrenica was the site of one of the worst atrocities of the lengthy Serbian civil war. Thousands of Bosniaks, Bosnian Muslims, were killed there. In the aftermath of the massacre, the town is largely Serbian. But a quirk of policy has allowed Bosniaks who moved out of town to continue to vote in the city's elections. But that's poised to change.
When diplomats and leaders from 193 countries converge on New York City and the United Nations, things get a bit humbled. Of course, the traffic is bad. But people get tangled up over what the United Nations should be doing. The situation in the Middle East, including the American video Innocence of Muslims, was top of mind.
Salman Rushdie knows what it's like to be a wanted man. After he published his novel The Satanic Verses, the leader of Iran issued a call for his death. Rushdie went into hiding, with armed guards protecting him at all times. He's telling that story now in his new book, Joseph Anton: A Memoir.
In the wake of the video "Innocence of Muslims," protests have swept the Muslim world. While Pakistan came late to the protests, the country's Muslims and political leaders are calling on the U.S. to make such blasphemy illegal.