Columns on Politics

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

Nigerian Kidnapping Highlights Global Threat to Women | David Emmanuel Goatley, Ishaya Gajere, Nigeria, Boko Haram
Nigerian Kidnapping Highlights Global Threat to Women
By: David Emmanuel Goatley and Ishaya Gajere
Kidnapping Nigerian girls is not new, but the seizure of so many at once has been shocking. It dramatically highlights the threat under which many women and girls live daily—in Nigeria and beyond. Read More ...
David Emmanuel Goatley and Ishaya Gajere

Should You Hail High Court's Redefinition of Civic Prayer? | Chuck Warnock, SCOTUS, Prayer, Church-State Separation, Supreme Court
Should You Hail High Court's Redefinition of Civic Prayer?
By: Chuck Warnock
Many will regard the Supreme Court's ruling on public prayer as an unqualified win for Christians. Before we celebrate, we must ask if we want our public prayers defined by the high court's criteria. Read More ...
Chuck Warnock

Immigration: Seeking Truth and Justice – Part 2 | Phil Jump, Romania, Immigration
Immigration: Seeking Truth and Justice – Part 2
By: Phil Jump
Romania's entry into the European Union in January revealed immigration fears within the United Kingdom, but British Baptists must allow their attitudes to be shaped by the values of their faith. Read More ...
Phil Jump