Two Indonesian Christians were publicly whipped for gambling, a rare case of non-Muslims being punished here under Islamic law, as the country shifts toward a more politicized brand of the religion associated with the Middle East.
When Ragen Chastain sets a goal, she wants it to be nearly unattainable. Which is how she went from hating running to signing up for a marathon. read more
While we're glad to discover that other nations are capable of generosity to UNRWA, what has never been clear to us is why the agency exists. The U.N. agency responsible for refugees is the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, but Palestinian refugees from Israel's 1948 War of Independence have their own. Since almost the moment the UNRWA was created in 1949, the agency has effectively worsened the plight of Palestinian refugees by labeling them -- and their descendents -- as refugees in perpetuity. Refugee status, as Israeli politician Einat Wilf puts it, is for Palestinians a "hereditary trait."
"Anthropology 212: Cultural Freedoms: Hate Speech, Blasphemy, and Pornography," a course on freedom of expression at Princeton University has been "reluctantly" cancelled, Professor Lawrence Rosen informed his students in an email obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
The Trump administration is thinking inside the box. President Donald Trump wants to drastically scale back food stamps and replace them with a "food box" delivery program -- like Blue Apron. read more