Jeb Sharp

Molenbeek is just a quick subway ride away from downtown Brussels. And it’s a community struggling to come to terms with the terrorists in its midst.

Sara Corsius is a concert organizer here. She's reeling from news of the attacks in Paris a week ago but also fiercely protective of her community where some of the perpetrators grew up and lived and worked.

She's also real about the dangers ahead.

"The first reaction is everyone understand we can't react in fear," she said. "The second reaction is be very afraid."

Christian Hartmann/Reuters

One thing to notice about the terrorist incident in Bamako on Friday was the speed with which Malian security forces responded. As soon as word got out that active shooters were in the upscale Radisson Blu hotel, security forces got moving.

Very quickly, they went on the attack, clearing the hotel floor by floor. There were casualties, but dozens of hostages were freed. French and US special forces, on training missions in Mali, were able to assist.

Shane McMillan

Photojournalist Shane Thomas McMillan was in Paris last Friday night visiting a friend when he heard what sounded like firecrackers coming from next door.

"It was obviously much more serious than that," says McMillan.

It turns out his friend lived right next door to the Bataclan, the Paris theater where terrorists came in with machine guns and grenades, taking people hostage and killing dozens of concert goers.

'I feel safe in Israel. I don't feel safe in Paris'

Nov 20, 2015
Daniel Estrin

Bouquets drown the street corner in front of La Belle Eqipe café, where 19 people were gunned down on November 13, part of the violent attacks in Paris that killed more than 125.

The café is shuttered. It’s now a memorial, a moment frozen in time.

Morgane Bloncourt looks at the street corner through the eyes of a person who has lived in the neighborhood all her life. Next door to the café is her favorite neighborhood patisserie. The 24-year-old Parisian has eaten croissants from the patisserie all her life.

Adeline Sire

Journalist Andy Morgan spent a big part of his career managing bands from Mali, most notably the Touareg group Tenariwen.

Last Friday, as news came out about the shooting at the Bataclan in Paris, he couldn't help but remember when Tenariwen played that venue.

“In the landscape of French showbiz, the Bataclan is one of those ‘arrival’ venues. Once you’ve played there, you know your ship has come in,” he wrote in an essay entitled, “The Bataclan and the battle for music.”

Tenariwen played the venue back in 2007. And it was an experience like no other recalls Morgan.

Jason Margolis

Helping refugee arrivals find places to live, work, and go to school takes a lot of time and taxpayer money. In Canada, they've developed a unique system: ordinary citizens and residents share the load with the government and resettlement agencies. 

With the latest refugee crisis from Syria, Canadians are again coming out by the thousands volunteering to help. Jennifer Nagel is among them. She’s the associate chair of the philosophy department at the University of Toronto.

The conversation can be a pretty difficult one to get started.  

Parents fear their child might be attracted to religious extremism. How does a devoted Muslim mother or father criticize a son or daughter's religious fervor?

"This is one of the uncomfortable truths," says Mogadishu-based activist Ilwad Elman. "We often believe that if our child is becoming very invested in the mosque or into Islam, this isn't something you should ever question. In many ways, it's considered blasphemy. Why would you question that he's going down the holy path?"

Leo Hornak

The Front National club room in the 13th arrondissement of Paris is like youth clubs everywhere: Coca-Cola in plastic cups; awkward flirting near the snack table. Someone has turned up on one of those weird razor skateboards with a handlebar.

And on one wall, a poster with the slogan “100% FRONT NATIONAL, 0% MIGRANTS!”

Veronique Fornilli is one of the organizers of Wednesday night’s gathering. She’s in her early 20s, polite and efficient and friends with most of the people here. Her night shift as a nurse starts in an hour or two.

Jeb Sharp

When I flew to Brussels to cover the links between the Belgian capital and the Paris attacks, I should have known Nasser Weddady would be here too.

We're both based in Boston but he's been working on issues of youth and radicalization and terrorism for years now. It's no wonder the Europeans are turning to him for some help. As a Mauritanian-American he moves in many worlds and experiences the issues from a number of different angles. We met up at his hotel and then went to a friend's apartment to talk. 

I asked him how he felt after Paris.

Max Whittaker/Reuters 

You can’t see her face in the picture above, but it’s hard to imagine that this little girl in ripped jeans, holding her doll in her arms, has a face that would be at all scary.

Her name is Leen and she is 5. She fled Syria with her family 3.5 years ago. They lived in Jordan up until September and then they arrived in Sacramento, California.

“We witnessed things that are difficult to describe,” Leen’s father, Mohammad Abd Rabboh, told Reuters. “You walk in the street and someone falls dead right in front of you.”