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A mural depicting Pope Francis on a concrete wall around the Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad, in preparation for the pontiff’s visit, AP/Photo/Khalid Mohammed

Pope’s upcoming visit brings attention to the dwindling population of Christians in Iraq

The events that followed the 2003 US invasion of Iraq started a cycle of violence against the country's minority Christian population. The pope's visit is meant to bring some 'healing and comfort.'
The jet stream can have a big impact on how long a plane ride will last. Aeroprints via Wikimedia Commons

Why does it take longer to fly from east to west on an airplane?

When planes fly from east to west, they are flying against a river of air called a jet stream. These air currents can make your flight longer or shorter, depending on which way you are going.
Taliban militants and Afghan civilians celebrate the signing of a peace deal with the United States on March 2. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP via Getty Images)

The Taliban are megarich – here’s where they get the money they use to wage war in Afghanistan

Because the Taliban's insurgency is so well financed, the Afghan government must spend enormous sums on war, too. A peace accord would free up funds for basic services, economic development and more.
Ever since a 1904 revolt against the smallpox vaccine, Brazil has run extremely successful vaccination programs. Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Brazil’s president rejects COVID-19 vaccine, undermining a century of progress toward universal inoculation

A 1904 revolt against mandatory smallpox inoculation taught Brazilian health officials a deadly lesson on how to vaccinate a skeptical public. Today President Bolsonaro seems to ignore that history.
Smart or unethical? What does philosophy say about avoiding taxes? SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Is tax avoidance ethical? Asking for a friend

Wriggling out of paying taxes may be legal, but is it right? Aristotle, Immanuel Kant – and others – have their say.
Members of the Taliban delegation attend the opening session of the peace talks with the Afghan government, Doha, Qatar, Sept. 12, 2020. Karim Jaafar/AFP via Getty Images

Afghanistan peace talks begin – but will the Taliban hold up their end of the deal?

In February, the US signed an accord with the Taliban to end the Afghanistan War. Now Taliban insurgents are meeting with the Afghan government – but peace remains an uncertain outcome.
Afghan security personnel inspect the rubble of Afghanistan’s intelligence services building after a car bomb blast claimed by the Taliban killed at least 11 people, July 13, 2020. AFP via Getty Images

Afghanistan’s peace process is stalled. Can the Taliban be trusted to hold up their end of the deal?

In February, the US signed an historic accord with the Taliban to end the Afghanistan War. Now violence in the country is up and peace talks with the government are delayed yet again.
A 2005 presidential election poster of then-President Hosni Mubarak that said: ‘70 million Egyptian Muslims and Christians say yes to Mubarak.’ AP Photo/Hasan Jamali

Mubarak’s lasting legacy on Egypt’s Coptic Christians

Mubarak used his relationship with the Copts to receive support for his rule, but he did not build institutions that could guarantee Christians constitutional rights.
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, watching the installation of a menorah outside Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

With anti-Semitism on the rise again, there are steps everyone can take to counter it

On top of the rising number of violent acts and vandalism incidents, American Jews are dealing with microagressions and prejudice that take a toll on their lives.
Human beings want more even if it comes at the expense of others. svershinsky/Shutterstock.com

What causes greed and how can we deal with it?

Some parents were recently charged with paying bribes for their children's admission to top colleges. Religious thought can help us understand what drives such greed and also provide ethical guidance.
North Carolina fans react while watching the Tar Heels play in the 2009 Final Four. Gerry Broome/AP

Winners and boozers: Binge drinking soars at March Madness schools as male students party

Binge drinking rises during March Madness among male college students who attend schools that made it to the men's basketball tournament. Researchers take a deeper look at the reasons why.
Academic research and coursework on giving and volunteering are growing more popular. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com

Learning by giving: How today’s students can become tomorrow’s philanthropists

After taking a class in which they give money away, students get more interested in donating to and volunteering at local nonprofits.
The people are angry, but the politicians aren’t worried. Dave Weaver/Reuters

Keystone XL debate: how pipeline politics divide Nebraska

In Nebraska, the intensity of the Keystone XL debate is second only to that over the chance that the Nebraska Cornhuskers will win the Big Ten football championship. Raging for several years now, controversy…

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