When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.
Without an end to the wave of people fleeing warfare Syria and elsewhere for a new future, it can be easy to turn a blind eye to the suffering. From the Greek island of Kos, photographer Jörg Brüggemann captured jarring juxtapositions on beaches shared by vacationers and refugees alike.
A bunch of places in Ukraine and Crimea end in "-opol", from the ancient Greek word for city: polis. That's no accident. Russia chose those names after conquering the Black Sea region from the Turks. But why?
Until recently, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party enjoyed substantial popularity in Greece. Then, two weeks ago, a Golden Dawn member admitted to killing anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas. In the following days, Greek authorities arrested more than 20 Golden Dawn members, including much of the party's leadership.
People across the globe are watching to see if there's ultimately a resolution to this US government shutdown. And what they're saying — and hearing — isn't great. Many folks around the globe say the shutdown looks crazy. It looks silly. It looks like lawmakers are arguing about something that doesn't entirely matter.
One for one. That's the new principle underlying a dramatic new plan announced by European Union negotiators today to deal with the continent’s ongoing migrant crisis. The proposal has already been described as a "death blow" to the asylum system by human rights group Amnesty International.
Have you ever noticed the Greek worriers on those historic vases you see in museums? In most cases they're wearing what looks like a mini-dress. They're not just fashion statement, though. Those outfits are actually armor — made out of linen. And they work, too.