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Why Is Boko Haram Succeeding?

Boko Haram is called an Islamic insurgency, but beneath the veneer of religious ideology lies a savage and opportunistic agenda of criminality and bigotry.

Soft Thinking, Hard Problems

The Obama administration's 2015 National Security Strategy is a revealing document, even if it reveals through inadvertence.

'American Sniper'

Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' has provoked criticism from both right and left. It's awash in patriotic spirit, it glorifies war. It's also a pretty bad movie.

Herzl's Vision

Tracing the political thought of Israel's founding father, Shlomo Avineri reminds readers that the Zionism of Herzl's time is very different from Zionism today.

Call It Courage

The Paris terrorists attacked a principle central to all liberal democracies: the freedom to speak one’s mind freely, without fear of being locked up gunned down.

Robert E. White, 1926 - 2015

Robert White never forgot the murders of four churchwomen in El Salvador, and never ceased pressing for better political and economic conditions in Latin America.

Victims, Not Heroes

Are those who died heroes and martyrs for free speech and tolerance? Not every victim is a martyr, and one does not become a hero simply by offending people.

French Brother, Human Brother

I am sad for France of course, for the journalists and the others who died. But mainly I am sad for mankind. For the person who got shot, but also for him who fired.

'Lawful but Awful'

In defending the use of drones, Obama has classical just-war tradition on his side. But just-war tradition has come to be read in a new and legalistic way.

The People's Republic of Amnesia

Chinese leadership sought to erase memory of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre entirely from the public, and they were highly successful. How? Four things.

Born from the Gaze of God

Written before he and seven fellow monks were kidnapped and beheaded in 1996, this personal journal reflects story of Algeria in crisis and courageous spirituality.

Last Word: Room for Both?

A low voice emerged: “Welcome to my home. Please, sit.” My host and I shook hands, and I took the chair opposite. I remember the details because he was a terrorist.
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Herzl's Vision

February 9, 2015 | 0 comments

The People's Republic of Amnesia

January 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Born from the Gaze of God

January 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

December 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Christ Actually

October 30, 2014 | 1 comment

The Pope and Mussolini

September 10, 2014 | 3 comments

One Oops From Armageddon

June 2, 2014 | 0 comments