As Muslims worldwide have just performed another Hajj and are celebrating Eid, it is perhaps an opportune moment to reflect on the current state of the abstract construct -- the "Muslim world."
Reverberations from last week's election continue to be felt as the former British colony enters a new historical phase with a changed political landscape.
The way Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte responded to U.S. questioning of his government's handling of the anti-narcotics campaign showed that future relations between the world's most powerful country and its closest Southeast Asian ally are shifting fast.
On a recent trip to Agra, it didn't take long for a shopkeeper to recognize me as Pakistani. "I can tell from the way you speak Urdu," he explained.
A world run on common sense would be so much more convenient for all of us -- men, women and thousands upon thousands of those whose efforts continue to be frustrated by a biased system. Instead, we have to constantly go to court for arbitration on matters that by now officialdom should have found a solution to.
Father Joseph Sebes, my mentor at Georgetown University, required me to call him laoshi (teacher:老師). The Jesuit priest, who was the fourth regent of Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, had taught English in a small town in Shangdong (山東) before he was arrested by the Kempeitai (Japanese military police) at the beginning of World War II.
Even in defeat, Phelps was happy to see Schooling win -- that's what generativity, the ability to care across generations, is all about.
Republic of China Vice-President Chen Chien-jen attended the canonization ceremony for Mother Teresa last weekend. His visit to Rome carried significance beyond the celebrations for the new saint. Rumors are flying that the Vatican is near an historic breakthrough on understandings with officials in Beijing. Any large change in that particular status quo would surely affect Taiwan.
"... Nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." In that Biblical statement (Galatians 3:28) St. Paul underscores basic equality between women and men. Elsewhere in the New Testament, women leaders are highlighted, often in caring and positive roles.
Climate change has gained recognition as an imminent danger, but the threat to existing fresh water resources requires more immediate attention.