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Ralph Reed on Iowa

From the CNN article, "My Take: Iowa Caucus Results Puncture Myth of 'Evangelical Vote'" by Ralph Reed, founder and chairmen of the Faith and Freedom Coalition:
Here's how the evangelical vote broke down: 32% for Santorum, 18% for Ron Paul, 13% each for Romney, Gingrich and Rick Perry, 6% for Michele Bachmann and 1% for Jon...

Liberalism Killing the Copts

Reuters reports that Egypt's Coptic Christians are receiving an unprecedented amount of foreign support; subsequently they fear "a backlash from Muslims who could resent special attention to a minority at a time when all Egyptians are suffering economic hardship and political uncertainty."  Which reminds us of a provocative article by Marc Michael that Al Jazeera posted in November.  Of...

Shifting Politics in the World’s Newest Nation

By Alex Thurston South Sudan, though less than six months old as an independent nation, already faces challenges to its political and cultural unity: rebels abound, opposition groups denounce the ruling party, and ethnic tensions simmer. Christianity has provided a powerful platform for political mobilization in the region’s past, and churches continue to represent the strongest...

All the Market’s a Stage

By George González Placards at this weekend's forced evacuation of “Occupy Boston,” as elsewhere in the country, defiantly read, “You Can't Evict an Idea.” This kind of contention is key to understanding the sophisticated politics of the “Occupy Movement.”  The seeming contradiction between this notion and the original focus on the physical occupation of space exemplifies...

The Israeli Government’s Mad Men

Amy Levin:  They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Well, that’s debatable. Due to a recent Israeli government-sponsored television ad campaign meant to persuade Israeli ex-pats living in America to return “home,” the geo-political sea between Jewish Americans and Israelis may be expanding, and Moses won’t be here to part it. In response to...

After the Referendum:
Sudan Negotiates National and Religious Identity in the North

By Alex Thurston The secession of South Sudan in July 2011 posed an existential question for (North) Sudan: what will be the political and cultural basis of the nation, which is in some ways a new country itself? In December 2010, shortly before the referendum on Southern secession, President Omar al Bashir gave his answer: “We’ll change...

Taking Tocqueville and Darwin for a Ride

By Nathan Schradle If something like a “Global Civil Society” ever becomes a reality (I’m picturing a giant face made of thousands of tiny robots, like in the Matrix Revolutions… only hopefully slightly less hell-bent on the destruction of the human species), it may want to give a huge shout-out to the year 1831....

For Liberals: An Academic Candy Coating for the
Bitter Pill of God

Amy Levin:  Those who find religion scholars to be an insular grouping of armchair academics out of touch with the “real world” (a term said scholars enjoy deconstructing), might have been surprised to hear some of the panels at this year’s American Academy of Religion (AAR) Conference in San Francisco. Though the conference followed...

Remembering China’s Great Leap and
Great Famine

Getting the Past Out Loud: Memory Projects with Wu Wenguang
Saturday, December 3, 4, 2011
A five-film weekend with documentary director and artist Wu Wenguang where he will present films from The Memory Project, based at Coachangdi Workstation in Beijing....

Painting a State of Suspension

by Narges Bajoghli “The Chronicle of Her Innocence” by Bahar Behbahani at NYU Abu Dhabi 19 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10003 September 29, 2011 – January 27, 2012 “I, and only I, am responsible for what I recall and see, not individuals in the past who could not have known what effect they might have on...

Searching Herman Cain’s Soul. In Iowa.

By Andy Kopsa  Standing before a crowd of reporters at the Friar’s Club in New York, Sharon Bialek told her story.  With her lawyer Gloria Allred at her side, Bialek painted a picture of an unwanted sexual encounter in a parked car in Washington DC: what she was wearing – pleated skirt, suit jacket; a pleasurable dinner and...

Teaching FBI Agents Bias

Nora Connor:  For a time after 9/11, the FBI seemed to stand out among the many government agencies with a hand in the intelligence/counterterrorism game. FBI agents were among the most knowledgeable on Islamic extremism worldwide; FBI agents made important discoveries and arrests in the immediate aftermath of 9/11; FBI agents spoke up forcefully...