Monthly archive February, 2011

Christmas Island: Refugee Politics and an Orphan

by Nasya Bahfen It was not nearly as dramatic as the footage beamed around the world of thousands of jubilant Egyptians celebrating in Tahrir Square, but the image of nine year old Seena Akhlaqi Sheikhdost caused a quiet revolution in Australia this week. Last December, the flimsy boat carrying Seena and up to a hundred Iranian,...

God’s Labor in Wisconsin

Becky Garrison (who writes for The Revealer sometimes) looks at the outspokenness of a Wisconsin Catholic Bishop regarding the rights of workers there.   She writes at The Guardian:
While the US Catholic church traditionally sides with Republican interests in promoting a pro-life agenda, the archdiocese of Milwaukee threw its support behind the unions...

Our Woman in Cairo

Yasmin Moll, a Ph.D. student in socio-cultural anthropology at NYU, has been our woman in Cairo, reporting what she saw during and after the protests that led to the end of Hosni Mubarak's 30 year reign.  I asked Yasmin last week what she thought of George Friedman's analysis of the events.  Friedman, editor and CEO...

CPAC and The Problem of the Conservative Woman

Amanda Hess writes in her article for TBD, "The Evolution of the Conservative Woman":
But in the conservative movement, real women are still hard to come by. Despite the high-profile women headlining this year’s CPAC, male speakers on the main convention floor outnumbered women ten-to-one. In the 112th Congress, over 75 percent of female officeholders...

Seeing God in Tahrir: Ethics of the Revolution

by Yasmin Moll Many commentators both inside and outside Egypt have focused on the anticipated role of the Muslim Brotherhood in a post-Mubarak Egypt. In many of these analyses, the Brotherhood is used as a metonym for the projected role of Islam in the public sphere. However, while the Brotherhood will certainly play a formative role...

Mormon Broadway

So Andrew Sullivan got to see a dress rehearsal for "The Book of Mormon."  And he liked it.

Assessing the Culture Warriors

From Tim Muldoon's article at WaPo's On Faith blog, "Faltering and Leading: The Conservative Moment," in which Muldoon assesses David French's fawning assessment of the state of the Conservative movement (only evangelicals need work harder!) and finds it almost very satisfactory:
If there is a hopeful note in this ancient and new story of...

Mainstreaming Conservatism

Kristina Loew: From movies to music, conservative voices have cornered the tween scene, that 12 - 13 year old demographic which often looks to their favorite stars for moral guidance (and ways to spend their parents' paychecks). Parents can feel safe knowing that the Twilight franchise is one long ode to abstinence, while the Jonas...

Changing the Dialogue: C. Everett Koop, Public Health, and the AIDS Epidemic

by Ashley Baxstrom The “culture wars” weren’t always so black and white. In Friday’s presentation of “Reforming Sex,” Anthony Petro showed how politics, science, culture and media can cross boundaries and transform a national dialogue. Petro, an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Faculty Fellow at NYU, spoke for the first of this spring’s Bridging Seminars by...

“Life in Year One” Paperback Release

Scott Korb on what life was like in first century Palestine. Life in Year One, now in paperback.

The Burden of Disbelief

From a review by The Washington Post's Hank Stuever of  "The Sunset Limited," a new HBO show written by Cormac McCarthy:
The bigger revelation here is Jones, in total sync with McCarthy's words, bringing an understated, heavy-sigh sadness to the role of White. His burden of disbelief feels more real than Black's insistence on a...

America Has a Muslim Problem

Mary Slossen, a fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication Journalism blogs at their site, The Scoop, that recently proposed government hearings on the radicalization of American Muslim communities will only hinder the established cooperation these communities have with law enforcement groups, both local and federal.  In addition to needlessly singling out Muslim...