by David Pence and A. Joseph Lynch
Hugh Pope on lessons from NATO's only Muslim-majority nation.
CHINA'S VISION: POLICY, DIPLOMACY, INFRASTRUCTURE
China's infrastructure projects to rival Roman roads.
From Pepe Escobar of 'Asia Times' on China's open seas and new Silk Road.
AMERICA: THE DECLINE OF DIPLOMACY
INDIA"S SPIRITUAL HERITAGE -- A CONTESTED PROPOSITION
International Yoga Day proposed by India's President Modi sparks interesting communal responses.
RUSSIA AND THE RELIGIOUS VISION
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini and the Soviet-era Gorbachev on God and the State. Gorbachev did not take the Iranian's chastisement well, but Vladimir Putin as president of Russia is much more religious in geopolitical thinking than secular westerners can imagine. From 'Asia Times.'
Alexander Dugin is one of the most important intellectuals helping to shape the Putin view of Russia's role in the world.
MAGNA CARTA ANNIVERSARY
June 15, the Magna Carta: 800 years ago. Not so much a document celebrating the rights of all men, it was recognition of a plurality of institutions under law and God -- the king, the Church, the barons. It was a blow against the autonomy of tyranny, not a celebration of the autonomy of all men. The role of religion and the Church in the Magna Carta,
When the US reevaluates our policy of allying with the Saudi approach to Sunni Islam, we might consider three Muslim (but non-Arab) nations of the northern tier: Three Musketeers of non-Arab Muslims.
The participation of the U.S. in the Saudi bombing and economic blockade campaign against the Houthi Shiittes of Yemen cries out as religious persecution -- and we are on the wrong side. The anti-Shiite rhetoric has turned to violence against the minority Shiites in Saudi Arabia.
MINNESOTA CATHOLICS: WILL SHEPHERDS PROTECT THE SPOTLESS BRIDE?
FROM AFRICA: A STAND BY CARDINALS AND BISHOPS AGAINST THE DESTRUCTIVE SEXUAL IDEOLOGY OF THE WEST
Five Catholic cardinals and 45 bishops meet in Ghana.