There’s a reason Ukraine is at the heart of the most significant geopolitical crisis yet to appear in the post-Soviet space. There is no post-Soviet state like it. It does not have a recent (interwar) memory of statehood. Nor does the majority population have a radically different language and culture to distinguish itself from the Russians. On television, it is typical for any live broadcast to go back and forth seamlessly between Russian and Ukrainian, with the understanding that most people know both.
The idea of a protected commons was central to early Islam, and to Muhammad’s vision of a just society. Today, Muslim environmentalists are reviving this concept to protect threatened ecosystems throughout the Muslim world.