religion

Conflict & Justice

Does a 'just' war really even exist?

The Catholic Church has been involved with wars practically since its beginning, though certainly less in recent centuries. But the pope's recent comments about "just wars" — in the context of international intervention in Iraq and Syria — have raised questions about whether his "just war" actually exists.

Lifestyle & Belief

On a South Pacific island, a British prince is a god

The British royal family occupies an odd spot in popular culture. Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for decades, Princess Diana was adored until her death, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — better known as Prince William and Kate — have their every move followed. But Prince Philip, who doesn't often receive such adoration, may have the most interesting story.

Global Politics

It just got even tougher to be gay in Nigeria

Technically, it's been illegal to be gay in Nigeria since the country's independence from Britain in 1960. But the wording was vague and the law was hard to enforce. Now a new law just signed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan creates an effective dragnet with the ability to arrest any Nigerian who is gay or who supports or advocates on any issues related to homosexuality.