Category: Religion

Marwan Jabbar: The Young Iraqis Promoting Darwinism and Rationalism To Save Iraq

One of the more unusual, grass roots groups in Iraq today is Real Sciences. They are young Iraqis who translate scientific articles into Arabic, believing that a little more of this could combat violence. In the midst of the conflicts that Baghdad in particular, and the rest of Iraq in general, has suffered through over Read more…

Ezequiel Adamovsky: The Pope as World Leader

Despite his reputation of unorthodox reformer, most of Francis’ stances are in tune with Catholic traditions. Yet, his views on the environment are truly remarkable

Medea Benjamin: Is the Pope a Man of the Left?

Interview on how the Pope is a powerful voice of the South

Phyllis Bennis: Standing Before Congress, Pope Francis Calls Out the ‘Industry of Death’

“To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place”

Juan Cole: Top Signs Pope Francis is an Honest Conservative

The positioning of Jorge Bergoglio, Pope Francis, as a “liberal” or “progressive” in American politics is incorrect and indeed a little bizarre. The Pope is a conservative. In fact, he has railed against “adolescent progressivism” and against secularism, which he calls “the devil.” Pope Francis opposes contraception, including the homely condom, as well as abortion Read more…

Jean-Michel Dumay: Francis, the whistleblower pope

Francis is determined to restore the Vatican’s place in international diplomacy, reform the administration in Rome and make the world a better place

Juan Cole: Defying Saudis, Iran: Muslim thinkers call for Action on Climate Change at Istanbul Conference

Attendees at the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul from 20 countries produced, and 60 of them signed, a declaration warning of the dangers of climate change and urging urgent action

Alex Doherty: Israel’s Fundamentalist Alliance

As support for Israel in the Jewish diaspora erodes Israel’s alliance with Christian Zionism is likely to intensify

Ted Glick: Pope Francis: Climate Game-Changer

Just in time, hopefully, the leader the world needs on the climate crisis has stepped forward: Pope Francis. What other person known worldwide, with an international following and with the power—spiritually and politically—to have an impact is doing what the Pope has done so far, since  he was named Pope in the spring of 2013? Read more…

Chris Nineham: ​If You Want Muslims to Identify With Britain, Don’t Demonize and Bomb Them

Cameron’s argument that ‘non-violent extremism’ can lead to ‘violent extremism’ opens the door to Orwellian levels of surveillance

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