Why is Islam so Different in Different Countries?

Islam is a rich and variegated religion. This variation must be taken into account.

Iran, Assassinations, and Hypocrisy

Iran’s attempt at moral condemnation is a hard pill to swallow when they themselves have a wealth of human rights violations.

The Shia-Sunni Schism is about Politics, Not about Islam

The history Shia-Sunni tensions is not at all what the media would have you think.

Why Didn’t I Try to Make the World a Better Place?

Recent milestones in Saudi Arabia for disabled youth, and how those milestones have the potential to make the world a better place.

Bill Maher: Is ISIS a Real Threat to the US or a Fool’s Errand?

Are we repeating a failed foreign policy and wasting immense resources (blood and treasure) better spent on challenges of Climate Change, Unemployment, Income Inequality, Education,Economic Growth…?

Is Engaging Iraq a Humanitarian Imperative or Military Folly?

World involvement in Iraq is critical to saving lives and preventing a destabilized region from erupting into full chaos with disastrous worldwide implications

“No Woman, No Drive” – The Power of Humor to Affect Social Change

With just one funny YouTube video, Hisham Fageeh has made a difference in more than one way.

Saudi Web Activist Sentenced to 600 Lashes and 7 Years in Prison for Posting Liberal Content

Raif Badawi was originally charged with apostasy, or abandonment of religion, which is a crime in Saudi Arabia that is punishable by the death penalty.

NEW STUDY: Lack of Sleep Interfering With US Kids Learning

A Boston College study has found that US students are the most sleep-deprived in the world.

Unfinished Symphony: A Memoir Excerpt

A daughter recalls her father’s ragged oaths, then the gentle, intelligent voice letters penned from the other side of the world.

Muslim Mosh Pit

Young American men have sanctioned outlets for rage and rebellion their counterparts in conservative Islam do not.

Soldier to Latino Troops: “Take That Warrior Mask Off and if You Need It, Get Help”

“I tell my Hispanic brothers that are still serving, don’t let pride get in the way,” Martinez said. “Pride’s going to kill you. Take that warrior mask off and if you need to, get help. Get it in the beginning stages, and not later.”

A Child’s Take on Egypt

Things are bad in Egypt. Juju breaks it down.

Murderous Prince Faces Death Penalty … for Homosexuality

Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir al Saud, a Saudi Arabian prince, was convicted of murdering his servant, Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz, at a London hotel in February. He’s facing the death penalty, but not for the murder. No, he faces execution because he might’ve been gay. The murdered servant was his alleged partner.

The News—Tea Partying with Lady Gaga

A Year Later, Tea Party Marches On Has it really been a year? Yep, the tea partiers marched on the U.S. Capitol a year ago, delighting Fox News and scaring the heck out of NPR listeners. Yesterday, they were back again in the same spot, rallying before the upcoming midterm elections. The prevailing emotion a […]