5 Things You Need to Know About the Shitshow in Greece

The Greeks Have a Loan Payment Due Tomorrow They Are Not Going to Make Last week, the Greek government walked away from the negotiating table with its creditors and enablers—the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, called the “Troika.” The group wanted Greece to commit to more spending cuts and…

Social capital in the 21st century

“A new paper* by Bodo Steiner and Cong Wang, two economists at the University of Southern Denmark, reach the conclusion that less linguistically diverse countries tend to prosper (rather than the other way round). Messrs Steiner and Wang set out to find the relationship between linguistic fragmentation and social capital. Social capital itself can be…

UK University Hosts Terror-Sympathizing Conference

Is educationally-sponsored apologism for terrorism also to be blamed upon a lack of education and opportunity? The publicly-funded University of Bath has hosted what it calls a conference on “Understanding Conflict” – featuring a number of controversial speakers including Norman Finkelstein, who has publicly stated that “every victory by Hezbollah over Israel is also a victory for…

Ex-Muslims Ostracized for Leaving Islam

This story is all too familiar for those of us in the ex-Muslim community. In the UK religious freedom is a human right, but leaving your family’s religion can still mean isolation and loneliness. Sara has been speaking to Newsbeat about what it was like when she told her parents two years ago that she no…

Saudi court upholds blogger’s 10 years and 1,000 lashes

“Speaking from Canada, his wife Ensaf Haidar told the BBC she feared his punishment would start again on Friday. Badawi was arrested in 2012 for “insulting Islam through electronic channels”. Saudi authorities sent his case for review amidst global protests, after the first round of lashes in January. For four years Badawi ran the Liberal…

Sam Harris: We are at war with a death cult

Intelligent words from an intelligent man. Harris says his main problem with the doctrine of Islam is that it poses specific challenges to what most people refer to as “civil society” in the West. And these pose a different set of challenges, he argues, than what we might see, in say, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, or…