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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands during a service at the International Church of Las Vegas in Las Vegas in Oct. 2016. AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File

How the religious right shaped American politics: 6 essential reads

Trump embraced evangelicals in his first year as president. Here, scholars provide historical context to how the religious right has shaped American politics over the past decades.
People praying on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A former Israeli diplomat answers 5 questions about Jerusalem

Wondering why Jerusalem matters so much? A 25-year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service explains what you need to know.
With Jerusalem off the table as a shared territory, a two-state solution to the Middle East has become impossible. Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

What will Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem mean to Palestinians?

Even before Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict was far-fetched. Now it's all but impossible. And that might not be a bad thing.
What is the meaning of the 2,500-year old Hebrew psalm for oppressed groups? Gebhard Fugel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why on July 4 should we remember the psalm ‘By the Rivers of Babylon’?

Frederick Douglass used the words of Psalm 137 in his famous speech, 'What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?' For centuries, this poem has resonated with writers and composers, with its consideration of how humans deal with trauma.
Donald Trump raises his fist after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Carlos Barria/Reuters

What does the world expect of a Trump presidency?

The world is on edge as Donald Trump enters the White House.
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Jerusalem: where religion divides but lives are entwined

The latest violent episode between Palestinians and Israelis has prompted Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to assert that Israel is in the midst of a “battle for Jerusalem”. This is a city divided…
Until George Brandis’ comments last week, Australia’s position has been to recognise East Jerusalem as ‘occupied by Israel’. AAP/Alan Porritt

Brandis out of step with international consensus on East Jerusalem

Under questioning at a Senate estimates hearing, federal attorney-general George Brandis revealed that the Abbott government does not consider East Jerusalem to be “occupied”. Brandis later put out a statement…

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