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Why faith matters in foreign policy

Belief is a habit of mind that reckons possibilities. It is a faith that fires an alchemy that transforms possibility … Continued

MEDIA REVIEW: Al-Jazeera America lives up to its unbiased promise

RNS () — Before its Aug. 20 launch, officials at Al-Jazeera America emphasized that, despite its Middle Eastern roots and … Continued

Is ‘Just War’ doctrine another victim of the Syrian conflict?

RNS — Even as the world’s powers grasped for a last-minute resolution to the crisis in Syria, it remained an … Continued

Will U.S. action in Syria hasten the extinction of Christianity in the Middle East?

SANA/Via EPA — A undated handout picture shows a church in the Maaloula village, northeast of Damascus, Syria. Fighters from … Continued

Francis, the peace pope

Francis’ anti-war rhetoric is quickly earning him a unique place in papal history.

10 things we can do right now about Syria instead of bombing

Syrian refugee children play with swings at the Bab Al-Salam refugee camp in Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border. (Reuters/Giath Taha) … Continued

What’s at stake in Syria response? Human life and America’s credibility.

Free Syrian Army fighters taking cover as they prepare to join an attack on a Syrian Army base in Damascus … Continued

On war, Pope Francis says, ‘never again’

Pope Francis’ tweet foreshadows what we can expect in regards to just war – or just peace – during his Papacy.

The ethics of a Syrian military intervention: The experts respond

WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration readies for a probable military strike against Syria, Religion News Service asked a panel of … Continued

Syria and the ‘moral obscenity’ of war

Dec. 8, 2012Seven-year-old Walid, right, is comforted as he mourns a fallen Syrian rebel fighter taken away for burial in … Continued

Russia’s Chechnya: A breeding ground for terror

MOSCOW — Chechnya, the Russian republic believed to be connected to the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, has been the … Continued

What Muslims want in a new pope

Together, Islam and Catholicism represent about 40 percent of the world’s population, so the estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the … Continued

‘How America’s war on terror became a global war on tribal Islam’

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1 of “The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became … Continued

Mitt Romney’s unconscionable flip-flop on war and foreign policy

GETTY IMAGES President Obama debates with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as moderator Bob Schieffer listens on Oct. 22, 2012. … Continued

Why attacking Iran may give Obama a third term

AFP/GETTY IMAGES This combination of file pictures shows Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressing a large audience at Centro Incorporated … Continued

U.S. Muslims are not measured by the exemplary work of its mainstream

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Pakistani Muslims offer prayers during the second Friday of Ramadan at the Data Darbar mosque in Lahore on … Continued

Culture wars and actual wars: The GOP debate and bombing Iran

Justin Sullivan GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidates (L-R) U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former … Continued

Will Iran’s nuclear capability be an excuse for unjust war?

As the UN prepares to issue its report this week about Iran’s nuclear build-up there is a marked increase in … Continued

Separating Islam and the state

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

The Constitution is not an idol

In battling the right-wing argument that the framers of the Constitution never intended to separate church and state because the … Continued