31/03/2016

Are Paris and Brussels Reverse Crusades?

The November 13 killings in Paris and the recent explosions in Brussels are shocking. We are not used to drive-by random shootings or suicide bombings in public places in the heart of Europe. Searching for the root causes of these terrorist acts, psychologists seem unable to come up with a simple explanation of why certain people turn to political violence. One possible explanation, the link between poverty and terrorism, has not proven a definitive key to radicalization.

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22/03/2016

The New Age of Politics

The 2016 U.S. presidential race represents a new age of politics. The surprising successes of Senator Bernie Sanders and business mogul Donald Trump are due to anti-establishment fervor. Traditional political parties have lost their appeal. More and more voters, especially the young, are rejecting the status quo.

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04/03/2016

The Role of Zingers

Republican presidential candidates have called each other “lazy,” “liars,” “low energy,” “nasty,” “con  man,” and made direct references to the size of their fingers, implying the size other parts of the anatomy. As the American presidential campaign heats up, the role of these “zingers” becomes more and more evident. In a campaign reduced to sound bites and “gotcha” videos, one sentence or offhand remark is all that remains of debates on issues affecting millions of lives. The back and forth of ideas and presentations of coherent policy positions have been reduced to quips and gag lines meant to amuse the public. One-upmanship has replaced elegant phrases much as Twitter has replaced logical sentence construction.

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01/03/2016

Are You Vulgar?

The Geneva Bible was one of the first Bibles translated from Greek and Hebrew. Considered a vulgar Bible, it was not only published in a common language but it was also mass produced for the general public with several study guides. A Geneva Bible was one of the Bibles brought to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620, and is one of the reasons there are numerous towns and cities in the United States named Geneva. 

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