social and political issues
What makes a violent extremist?
ISIS videos and hate preachers. Anything else?
‘Everything beautiful is prepared as a sacrifice’
In defence of elitism.
Francis in Bolivia spells out his vision of a true revolution
"We do not love concepts or ideas; we love people."
Europe’s Greek miscalculation
The EU backs itself into a corner.
Is military might enough to defeat ISIS?
Warfare alone can only treat the symptoms.
Faster, faster! How to slow down in an accelerating world
Try losing time with those you love.
An ode to Democracy in America
Why de Tocqueville's masterpiece is still worth reading.
ISIS and the Victim Mentality
Perpetrators of mass violence see themselves as victims.
Public Debt, Political Paralysis, and the West
Government and citizens refuse to face difficult economic choices.
Honesty in politics
Can Britain's new Conservative government live up to the promise of its own manifesto?
Is there a way to execute humanely?
Nothing can guarantee that an execution will not be cruel and unusual.
The punishment of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Reasons not to execute the Boston Marathon bomber.
Secrets from an everyday hero’s playbook
Kevin Vickers is a man of peace, but he saved lives by shooting a gunman in Canada's Parliament.
Death penalty derails Indonesia’s legal reform efforts
It has become one of the biggest obstacles in applying international human rights principles.
Indonesia’s drug executions make no sense
Killing eight people is not 'shock therapy' but an inversion of justice.
Armenian genocide denial poisons Turkey’s relations with the world
Turkey is furious after the Pope lamented the first genocide of the 20th century.
The Middle Eastern balance of power matures
The US is taking a back seat and allowing regional powers to slug it out.
China’s fragile political evolution
An anti-corruption campaign signals a struggle between competing models of the future.
Lee Kuan Yew, pragmatist
Singaporeans have paid a high price for economic success.
Great men make great mistakes
Lee Kwan Yew was a visionary stateman. But his vision for Singapore's population may have doomed the prosperous city-state.
God, reason, and our civilizational crisis
The way Islam understands God shapes their culture. And the way the West understands God shapes ours.
What Pius XII learned from the other holocaust
In his work as a diplomat during World War I, he saw that protests to vengeful Turks made the plight of persecuted Armenians even worse.
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