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Posted inNews

Did Iran disband its ‘Morality Police’?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Iran’s Gasht-e Ershad, an Islamic morality police force, has been under scrutiny since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was detained and killed in September for refusing to wear a hijab in public. Though her death kickstarted the country’s unrest, it stemmed from longstanding inequality and injustice.  Conflicting reports about the fate of the morality police itself have […]

Posted inPolitics

Church-shopping for Christian Nationalism

Reading Time: 7 minutes A Washington Post opinion piece titled “America’s religious divide isn’t really about religion” looks at the intersection of politics and religion—much of what we concern ourselves with here at OnlySky—and how, given how “religious” and evangelical politics has become, it’s easy to lose sight of “authentically religious voices.” The relationship between religion and politics is […]

Posted inHistory

The 2,500 days of Mikhail Gorbachev

Reading Time: 9 minutes On March 10, 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev ascended to the premiership of the Soviet Union. By the time he resigned in December 1991, roughly 2,500 days later, the geopolitical map of the world had been redrawn, including a reunified Germany and a wave of democracy in Eastern Europe. The Soviets’ longest conventional war ended; a 45-year unconventional conflict that brought the world to the brink of annihilation wound down peacefully; and his own nation lay in pieces around his feet.

Posted inPolitics

Can religion keep quiet about politics?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Religion takes in all manner of personalities and burnishes what it receives. A mean person, adopting religion, becomes meaner. A kind person becomes kinder. And a political person can become loudly political, as is the case with American evangelical politics. Political religion has much to lament. Politics interlaced with religious fervor invented many techniques for […]

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