Author Archives: Robert Christian

Dark Days in Russia: Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Gunned Down

Among the worst developments of the 21st century has been the growing assault on democracy and human rights perpetrated by Vladimir Putin’s regime. And the times seem to be growing darker in Russia. via BBC News: A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials […]

You’re Not Too Holy to Give Stuff Up for Lent

A popular trend in recent years has been to do something positive for Lent rather than to give something up. This ranges from the very challenging (see Kerry Weber’s Mercy in the City) to the more basic (to choose kindness in our daily actions). This seems to align with Pope Francis’ call to give up […]

Assad is Still Murdering Children

The latest horrifying images of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s campaign of mass murder are coming from Douma, Syria. There is really nothing new to say at this point. But it is important to look at the horror unfolding, even as the world refuses to act to protect the innocent. Here are some tweets from #Douma […]

Pope to Address US Congress: Call for an End to the Throwaway Culture

John Boehner, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, has announced that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress in September of this year. This historic address will mark the first time a pope has spoken before Congress. What will the pope’s message be? Given Francis’ penchant for speaking directly and […]

Ready for Hillary the Populist?

Hillary Clinton will be the heavy favorite to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2016 should she enter the race. And unlike in 2008, she will not have to contend with a once-in-a-generation candidate like Barack Obama, who mixed excellent strategy, soaring speeches, and deep personal appeal to defeat her. The conventional wisdom […]

Blessed are the Peacekeepers?

In a recent speech, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power described the vital interest and critical role the United States has in peacekeeping. Power described how intrastate conflicts can displace vulnerable populations, spill across borders, destabilize neighboring countries, undermine economic progress, reverse democratization and disrupt civil society, allow criminals and repressive regimes to […]

Pope Francis and the Future of Europe

Pope Francis’ recent speech to the European Parliament is an exceptional articulation of how Christian principles should shape the public life and how these values are connected to the European project and its commitment to democracy and human rights. It is perhaps his most intellectually rich speech—one that Europeans and non-Europeans alike would benefit from […]

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