Do changing societal norms and values minimse the influence religion has on US politics? Research fellow, Joseph Larson, looks at the contemporary relationship between political christianity in the US under the broader context of a growing progressive and liberal base. It does beg the question: can religion be a unifying force across politics, or will it remain divisive in secular America? Read Larson’s post to find out.
With the Saudi King Abdullah dead, speculation has been rife that instability threatens the kingdom. Yet clan rivalry is normal in the House of Saud and for at least one more generation it is likely that the princes may enjoy their privileges more than they hate each other’s successes.
Dr. Simon Leitch argues that the fighting in Ukraine has largely fallen off the radar of many people in the West, and there is no longer any serious talk of getting back Crimea, but the long-term dangers for Ukraine are as high as ever. Rather than facing Russian annexation, Ukraine now finds itself in the unenviable position of becoming yet another frozen conflict zone on the Russian periphery.
Prejudice against rural people has come to be accepted in the American academe. The consequences of this discrimination are quite important, particularly in the realm of the natural sciences, because students go on to work in fields that directly affect the lives of rural people (e.g. by working in natural resource agencies). This piece draws attention to this problem and offers some preliminary suggestions for addressing it.
We appreciate the utilisation and usefulness of pharmaceutical products, and its effects on increasing the quality of life for all individuals. However this is not always the case. Times like these also require the intuitive initiative to always consider what is best for the patient.
Dr. Taj Hashmi, a teacher at the Austin Peay State University explains ways of deradicalizing Western Muslims.
In this insightful analysis Dr. Jon Kofas looks back to those events that changed the world in 2014.