Columns on Politics

As Elections Near, Beware Dog-Whistle Politics | Colin Harris, Dog Whistle, Political Advertising
As Elections Near, Beware Dog-Whistle Politics
By: Colin Harris
Politicians who want to avoid sounding extreme often use coded messages to appeal to prejudice and fear. In recent years, people of faith have been the target of these dog-whistle appeals. Read More ...
Colin Harris

Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence | Vinoth Ramachandra, Gaza, Israel, Palestine
Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
If the U.S. and its European allies can't be pressured to defend Palestinian civilians, to whom should we turn? Some churches have divested from Western businesses that supply Israel's military machine. Read More ...
Vinoth Ramachandra

The Great War—A Tragedy Supported by Many Churches | Leroy Seat, World War I
The Great War—A Tragedy Supported by Many Churches
By: Leroy Seat
Many Christians supported World War I, which began 100 years ago today, finding it easy to use "fundamental tenets of the faith as warrants to justify war and mass destruction," a new book says. Read More ...
Leroy Seat

When the Syrian Refugee Crisis Becomes Personal | Arthur Brown, IMES Lebanon, Refugees, Compassion, Reconciliation, Human Rights, Lebanon, Syria
When the Syrian Refugee Crisis Becomes Personal
By: Arthur Brown
Three Syrians become refugees every minute. Eight Syrian children flee their homes every two minutes. The cold statistics may not move us, but a smartphone alert changed all of that. Read More ...
Arthur Brown

ISIS: Storm in a Teacup or Real Threat? | Ayman Ibrahim, ISIS, Iraq, Syria
ISIS: Storm in a Teacup or Real Threat?
By: Ayman Ibrahim
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, wants to restore the earliest days of Islam by re-establishing Islamic rule. Underestimating the Sunni Muslim extremist and militant group is not wise. Read More ...
Ayman Ibrahim

Does Microfinance Industry Need a Reality Check? | Hugh Sinclair, Microfinance
Does Microfinance Industry Need a Reality Check?
By: Hugh Sinclair
Some microfinance is good, effective and ethical, but the argument over whether microfinance works or not is a red herring. The key question is whether this is the wisest use of scarce capital. Read More ...
Hugh Sinclair

Syrian Refugee Families Facing Brutal Winter | Suzie Schenkel, Syria, Lebanon, Refugees, Humanitarian Aid, Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development
Syrian Refugee Families Facing Brutal Winter
By: Suzie Schenkel
Syrian refugee families face another season of relentless rain and freezing temps. The Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development is providing blankets, mattresses and stoves to help. Read More ...
Suzie Schenkel

Sarajevo's Peace Conference Falls 100 Years After WWI | Massimo Aprile, World War I, Peace, Sarajevo
Sarajevo's Peace Conference Falls 100 Years After WWI
By: Massimo Aprile
One hundred years after the start of World War I, religious and peace groups from more than 60 nations met to share memories and make concrete peace proposals for the future. Read More ...
Massimo Aprile

South Sudan Needs Leaders Who Embrace Benevolence | Martin Brooks, Sudan, Benevolence
South Sudan Needs Leaders Who Embrace Benevolence
By: Martin Brooks
Rampant tribalism and greed have demolished South Sudan. A proposed transitional government may help, but violence and retribution will likely continue until those with power embrace benevolence. Read More ...
Martin Brooks

Choosing What’s Right Rather Than What's Expedient | Zach Dawes, Politics, Immigration Reform, Immigration, Common Good
Choosing What’s Right Rather Than What's Expedient
By: Zach Dawes
When politicians base their decisions on what's politically expedient rather than what's the right thing to do, they may secure an election but they're abandoning the common good. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

The Super Rich and Income Inequality | Vinoth Ramachandra, Wealth, Poverty, Inequality
The Super Rich and Income Inequality
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
We've known that economic inequality is cumulative and hereditary and that the super rich are hijacking democracy. Now, a new book offers the sophisticated statistical analysis to back it up. Read More ...
Vinoth Ramachandra