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Shi‘a Cleric Gets Extra Jail Time in Bahrain

Bahrain’s continued repression of the Shi’a and Iran’s vaulting ambition have the potential to spark a conflict that could grow into a regional conflagration.

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A Priest, a Cleric, and an Imam Walk Into a War Zone…

Religious leaders publicly condoning violence is nothing new, but they’re a reminder of the deep roots of world conflicts.

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Can Buhari Beat Boko Haram?

Nigerian President Buhari ran and won on his pledge to wipe out the Islamist insurgents. Looking at the uptick in violence during his first few days back in office, that might prove to be a tall order.

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Does Francis Read Huntington?

Pope Francis pointedly spoke of the Armenian genocide at a service this weekend. His remarks are an important reminder that Christians around the world—in Africa and the Middle East specifically—are facing a savage and implacable enemy in militant fundamentalist Islam.

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Onward Christian Soldiers

With new support from the Kurdish Regional Government, Iraqi Christians are starting to form a militia to fight back against ISIS.

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Asian Buddhists Get Militant

Feeling threatened by Islam, secularism, and regional powers, Buddhists in south and southeast Asia are becoming militant—and joining forces.

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ISIS Gains Popularity in France

A new poll finds that 15 percent of French respondents support ISIS. These numbers highlight the severity of the West’s homegrown Jihadi problem, and should prod moderate Muslims to emphatically condemn jihadism.

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US, Africa to Discuss Rise of Terrorist Groups

The first U.S.-Africa Summit, now in session, will discuss strategic responses to the growing threat of terrorism on the continent. But despite its involvement in many African countries, the U.S. is still searching for a strategy.

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It Can Happen Here: Anti-Semitism in LA, Boston

Violent anti-semitic riots broke out in France and Germany recently. But anyone who thinks it couldn’t happen here hasn’t been paying attention.

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Iraqi Christians Told to Convert, Submit, or Die

ISIS has ordered Christians in Mosul to convert or pay a tax—or die. Christianity in the Middle East is becoming increasingly imperiled.

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The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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