Monthly Archives: February 2014

Depth of Myanmar Crisis Still Poorly Reported

The government of Myanmar has forced Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to cease its operations in Rakhine state, home to Myanmar’s tiny Rohingya Muslim minority. Rohingya Muslims constitute one of the world’s poorest ethnic groups—MSF has for … Continue reading

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Anne Frank and Antisemitism in Japan

by Grace Lim Japanese authorities revealed on Friday that almost 300 copies of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl had been mutilated in public libraries in Tokyo and other nearby cities. The landmark book portrays the experience of a … Continue reading

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Marianne Williamson and Me

Marianne Williamson had me at hello. That jumble of first impressions—her reined-in frustration (I’d forgotten to tell her where my classroom was) fading into an I-found-you relief followed by resolute eye contact, a strong handshake and a flash of acceptance—yes, … Continue reading

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Who’s He Wooing? Salman Khan’s Trickiest Dance Number

By Matt Hamilton Last month, Bollywood star Salman Khan inflamed religious divisions when he appeared in public with prime minister candidate Narendra Modi. Modi, from the center-right Bharatiya Janata Party, has been dogged by accusations that as governor of Gujarat, … Continue reading

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Orthodoxy’s Last Stand

By Graham Clark A political firestorm turned literal in Kiev on Tuesday. Ablaze, the city’s Independence Square became the flashpoint of a conflict that has been heating up for more than a month. The intensifying physical violence has prompted widespread … Continue reading

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Religion, politics and law collide in “The Hindus” lawsuit

by Rosalie Murphy Last week, publisher Penguin India signed an out-of-court settlement and agreed to stop circulating The Hindus: An Alternative History, a scholarly study of ancient India by University of Chicago professor Wendy Doniger. In six months, Penguin will … Continue reading

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Everything is Connected

The pressure of the atmosphere around you, the average intensity of the sunlight reaching the Earth’s surface, the force of gravity, genetics, nutrition, whether Mommy loved you—there’s a limitless number of variables in the equation that produces an individual. That … Continue reading

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An Italian Monastery Becomes a Fashion Destination for Brides in a Frugal Era

CASCIA, Italy — The seamstress gently fastened the ivory-colored silk-covered buttons of the lace corset. She took out the embroidered veil and laid it over the bride-to-be’s long black hair. Girlfriends and family members watched in silence, their eyes glistening. … Continue reading

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Obama: ‘Freedom of Religion Is Under Threat’

President Barack Obama said religious freedom is under threat, and highlighted the plight of two American Christians held in North Korea and Iran. In his address to the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering of lawmakers and numerous faith leaders, Mr. Obama  said it’s … Continue reading

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The Atlas of Global Pentecostalism, February 24-25

The USC Knight Program in Media and Religion, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences present the Atlas of Global Pentecostalism, a dynamic database of the fastest growing religion on earth. On … Continue reading

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