Terrorism

Anwar al-Awlaki, American

Scott Shane's telling of the U.S.-born Muslim preacher-turned-terrorist and his surveillance by the FBI reveals that the calculus for terrorism is political.

Obama Fights the Furies

With venomous voices of the GOP dominating dialogue, President Obama used his final State of the Union message to battle against intolerance, anger, and pessimism.

A World Without War

Could war follow the same path to extinction as slavery? It could, and this is a reason not to dismiss the Catholic Church’s call for its abolition.

A Shattered Mosaic

Considering how religiously diverse and culturally cosmopolitan its cities were before WWI, few could have foreseen today's calamity for the Middle Eastern region.

Normalizing Carnage

If we know for a fact more gun restrictions mean fewer gun-related deaths, why are the politics so complicated—even after Sandy Hook, Aurora, and San Bernardino?

False Friends

To understand how Islamic extremism grew, one must consider Washington’s decades-long military support to Pakistan, and its protection of the Saudi Arabian monarchy.

Let's Not Defeat Ourselves

Congress needs to show that though voters have given the presidency and control of Congress to different parties, we're capable of being a functional democracy.

Letter from Rome

Pope sows "confusion" by inviting Muslims take part in upcoming Jubilee Year, giving a Eucharistic chalice to a Lutheran pastor, and remaining the Bishop of Rome.

After Paris

How to remove ISIS is a puzzle whose solution will require resolve, patience, and international cooperation. For the United States to act alone would be a mistake.

A Paris Moment for American Politics?

It remains to be seen whether a monstrous terrorist attack will shake the trajectory of a presidential campaign that is operating within a logic of its own.

'Small Mercies: A Novel'

Set on present day Staten Island Eddie Joyce's 'Small Mercies' traces the effect of 9/11 on the families of people living in “the servants’ quarters of New York."

Last Word: When in Hebron

In Hebron I learned that the facts on the ground in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict tell a story Americans intent on "international diplomacy" don't want to hear.
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