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The True Cause of All Middle East Conflicts

The two major powers in the Middle East are Saudi Arabia, an Arab population ruled by a Sunni majority, and Iran, a Persian population ruled by a …

Middle East

What are your hopes and fears for 2017?

2016 has been a year that has seen terrorist attacks, war in the Middle East, a still-unfolding refugee crisis, worrying signs on climate change, Britain voting to leave the European Union and a rise in populism capped by the phrase ‘President-elect Trump’.<p>We’d like to hear your hopes, fears and …

What Christmas in “Christian America” tells us about how ancient Israelites worshiped God

Christmas in America is a national holiday woven into a secular liturgical year, with little authentic religious significance for many/most of those …

Theology

The War on Free Speech Escalates

There's been a lot of hand-wringing lately about the rise of the far right in Europe, and justifiably so. But the right has no monopoly on …

Do Not Be Surprised if the World Hates You

There is no source of comfort as true or as good as God’s book, the Bible. For millennia, God’s people have turned to its pages to find solace, to …

Cuba signs deal with Google for faster internet access

As deals with the US continue to accelerate, Cuba has signed a deal with Google to enable faster access to content from the US tech giant. Internet …

Italian banking crisis: UniCredit to raise €13bn

Bank, which has lost half its value this year, will launch Italy’s largest share issue and use the cash to remove bad debts<p>Italy’s largest bank, UniCredit, plans to shed thousands of jobs and raise €13bn in the country’s biggest share issue in a bid to shore up its reserves and boost profits by the …

Congressional Republicans optimistic about anti-LGBT legislation in new term

“Religious freedom” must be protected so people don’t have to recognize LGBT people actually exist.<p>Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) confirmed to BuzzFeed last …

How Putin Would Be Able to Control Trump

Why, in the midst of the growing indications that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and leading people in the Hillary Clinton campaign to influence the election to help make Donald Trump president, are Mr. Trump and his aides so adamant in their focus on rejecting the claim that the …

Bill Gates, Jack Ma and John Doerr are pouring $1 billion into a clean energy fund

The effort comes as Donald Trump (and a cabinet full of clean energy opponents) prepares to assume office.<p>Bill Gates is spearheading a tech industry-led effort to invest more than $1 billion in clean energy companies.<p>Breakthrough Energy Ventures, to be officially announced Monday, has backing from …

The poorest 10% of Vietnamese students performed better on an international exam than the average American teen

Once again, the United States did poorly compared to other countries and territories, outranked by 38 countries in math, 24 in science, and 22 in reading.<p>The results are especially stark when looking at US student achievement compared to much poorer countries, Andreas Schleicher, director of …

Education

Period poverty: call to tackle the hidden side of inequality

Firms urged to donate sanitary products to homeless shelters amid evidence women forced to use newspapers and socks<p>“It’s quite something when you give somebody a box of tampons and they break down in tears.” Nigel Webster, the project manager of the Bestwood and Bulwell food bank in Nottingham, …

What If I Don’t Want to Pray?

Few aspects of the Christian life can cause God’s people more guilt than a lack of personal, private prayer. Few disciplines in the Christian life …

How we can connect 4 billion people to the internet and save money

A few years ago, $100 million was spent on new roads in Liberia, but the decision was made not to lay internet cables beneath the roads. At the time, …

Internet of Things

The press has fallen for fascists before | John Broich

Look back at how the US media covered Mussolini and Hitler, and you’ll see a long list of mistakes. Will these be repeated?<p>Related: The Republicans are delivering America into Putin's hands | David Klion<p>How to cover the rise of a political leader who’s left a paper trail of anti-constitutionalism, …

Political Science

Blasphemy trial against Jakarta governor Ahok opens

The governor, who is the first ethnic Chinese Christian to lead Jakarta in more than 50 years, rejects the charges. Major public protests helped …

Trump Is Using Our Old Putin TV Propaganda Playbook

Former Russia Today presenter sees the hallmarks of Putin’s propaganda style in the way Trump is treating reality.<p>Confronted with the news that the …

We're More Alike Than Different, Thanks To Peer Pressure's Relentless Influence

In 2011, the clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch offered money to Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, one of the stars of the MTV reality show <i>Jersey Shore.</i><p>Abercombie didn't want Sorrentino to wear its brand, but the opposite: the company was willing to pay him to wear anything <i>but</i> its clothing. Another …

Why I Believe in God

Believing in God may be looked down upon today but as a very real person, I want to acknowledge that I am a Christian and a lot of what I do is based …

5 Things to know about Coptic Christians

Who are these sisters and brothers suffering persecution for Christ?<p><i>From the Aleteia archives:</i><p>With the news of the terrible bombing during Divine …

Informal Christian worship is appealing to all ages

Too often people think that church has to be black and white.<p>A non-traditional, informal, multi-generational and hands-on approach to worship and …

More hotels are checking out of the Bible business

When the ultra-hip Moxy Hotel opens in San Diego next year, the rooms will be stocked with the usual amenities — an alarm clock, hair dryer, writing desk and flat-screen TV.<p>But you won't find a Bible in the bedside nightstand.<p>Marriott International, the world's largest hotel company, supplies a …

Hospitality

5 Things Wives NEED From Their Partners Every. Single. Day

One of the most important aspects of marriage is understanding your spouse's needs and how to fulfill them.<p>For instance, communication is a huge need, but how often should you communicate? What should it look like? Sex is an important need, but how often should you make love?<p>Each person is …

Families Have a Lot to Lose - and Protect - Long Before Inauguration Day

The right-wing assault on the advances our country has made in the more than 70 years since the presidency of FDR isn't waiting for Donald Trump's inauguration.<p>The battle to take away our health care, retirement benefits, and even food aid has already begun, with the Republican right-wing in …

In political move, Russian patriarch blesses Putin-backed Paris church

The church is viewed as a dual religious and political move to exert Russian influence in the heart of France. The cathedral has been backed by …

Indonesians rally for unity after blasphemy protests

Tens of thousands of Indonesians have rallied in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests were held against the city's Christian governor.<p>The crowds on Sunday filled a major traffic circle in Jakarta and sprawled into its main thoroughfares, waving "We …

'Russia is such a wonderful enemy'

The propaganda war between the US and Russia is at fever pitch, as Washington accuses Moscow of meddling in its election. With Cold War animosity …

'Dear God, America what have you done?': How the world and its media reacted as Donald Trump became US President-elect

As Britain awoke to Donald Trump becoming the next President of the United States of America, the world was reacting with shock and disbelief.<p>Celebrities and world leaders were united in expressing feelings of uncertainty for the future.<p>Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to Washington and a social …

The Happiest People Don't Let Their Minds Wander, According to a Harvard Study

There is an old saying: “Happiness is a state of mind.” As it turns out, it's true.<p><i>How does one overcome depression and anxiety? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Mellissa O'Brien, mindfulness</b> …