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Religion & Other Curiosities
Immigration and Assimilation
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Many Mestizo Nations

What are the prospects for immigrants assimilating—in Europe as well as in the United States? Perhaps not as bad as you might believe.

Religion a la Modi?
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Religious Freedom and the Gross Domestic Product

Is there a link? The connection is more complicated than you—or Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping—might think.

Cognitive Dissonance
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Snow

As blizzards blanket Boston and there is no sign of Al Gore producing A More Inconvenient Truth, it’s time to look at the cognitive defenses of ideologues.

Leftward Drift?
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Worries About Francis

Pope Francis’ heart and his perception of the world may be more to the Left than I perhaps expected.

Raison d'Etat
Tea With Tyrants

Ruthless national interest as the sole basis of foreign policy is repugnant to the national conscience, and since the United States is a democracy, this conscience must be reckoned with.

Pluralism and Modernity
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Islamophobia

One can understand why Muslims are worried about anti-Muslim feelings and actions. But going on and on about Islamophobia may also be a convenient way of avoiding the central problem for Islam in the contemporary world.

Review
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Defecting from Religious Enclaves

There are all sorts of enclaves in the world—communities whose worldview, moral values and lifestyles differ significantly from those of the surrounding society. A basic requirement for the survival of such enclaves is social and psychological mechanisms to prevent contamination from the outside.

Ideological Hybrids
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Environmentalists, Roaming Wolves, and Pope Francis

Is Francis greening? As well as moving to the Left? I’m beginning to worry.

What Would Confucius Say
New Atheism and the Rectification of Names

The term “new atheism” gained currency in the early 2000s and is still much discussed. But is it anything but new—and is still a rather childish reflex.

Case Studies
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Can One Domesticate Fundamentalists?

If you have secularist projects in a country with strongly religious demographics, beware of democracy! Has the religiously tone-deaf Obama administration finally gotten this?

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The Nuclear Deal

Tehran is already running rampant—what happens when it has cash to throw around?

Coming Up With the Cash

Ukraine is scrambling to find enough cash to keep Gazprom gas flowing.

Middle East Aflame

The only thing that could make the Middle East worse right now? A big helping of Pakistan.

ISIS' Foreign Legion

A short puddle-jump from Europe, another branch of ISIS attracts jihadis.

Delivering Health

More middle-income Americans are experimenting with concierge medicine, but that means provider shortages could get even worse.

When the Customers Don't Come

Sweet Briar College, a well-regarded liberal arts school in Virginia, is closing down. Other private colleges have tried the same “high tuition, high discount” strategy—but how long will the customers come?

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