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Many of the world’s religious leaders in attendance at the Parliament of World Religions taking place in Melbourne, Australia,  are in partial mourning for the dream of a new world that President Obama promised, and decisively torpedoed in his announcement …Read More

Afghanistan, the Olympics, the Dalai Lama…in a week when the President was domestically burdened by several international quagmiers or miscues, the Nobel Committee awards Barack Obama the Peace Prize.  According to the New York Times: The Nobel Committee announced in Oslo that …Read More

Last summer a handful of students and I had the chance to meet with HH Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.  We spent an hour and a half listening, laughing and learning his views on inter-faith relations, the meaning of non-violent …Read More

The clerics of Iran are not of one mind on the recent Iranian election and voter fraud.  In fact they are deeply divided. The New York Times reported that in the religiously important town of Qum there is a group of …Read More

On July Fourth many of us attend parades that, in addition to the local chamber of commerce float, include men, boys and sometimes girls dressed in soldier costumes reminiscent of the war that brought the colonies independence from the British.  …Read More

It is time to get serious about stopping ALL Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank.  All moderate Americans and Israelis should rally behind President Obama in applying pressure on Netanyahu to stop these illegal settlements that are devastating both for Israeli security …Read More

Two questions worth asking: What if the Green Revolution fails? And what if it succeeds? If it fails, I argue that we still have to engage Iran, just like we continued to engage China after Tiananmen Square. Doing otherwise will …Read More

“The whole world is watching” is a chant that many of us shouted as we marched and protested in vain to stop the Iraq war before it began.   The phrase indicated both a belief that it was important for the …Read More

As the Vienna Philharmonic finished its annual outdoor program at the Schonbrunn Castle, the guest conductor Daniel Barenboim exclaimed to the 50,000 gathered that he had a new hope because of the speech by the American President Obama on that day.  …Read More

Historic. Brilliant. Nearly Perfect. The tone of President Obama’s speech in Cairo was most reminiscent of his masterful speech on race in America:  acknowledging open wounds on all sides, while laying out a hopeful vision for a shard future.   It …Read More