Holes in the Gender Gap

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 is out.  A total of 142 countries are listed according to what the World Economic Forum defines as gender equality and inequality in health, education, economy and politics.  If you are from Iceland, there is good news beyond the long arctic cold.  You are number one, followed in succession […]

Going to Pottery Barn

When the U.S. decided to liberate Iraq only a decade ago, Secretary of State Colin Powell issued a warning behind the closed doors and to the closed minds of the war planners. It was the Pottery Barn rule: you break it and you own it.  Before Pottery Barn broke on the mall scene, I remember […]

Dancing through Istanbul

Turkey is all over the news these days.  Former Prime Minister and now President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is seen by liberals as attempting to be a new “Islamist” Neo-Ottoman Sultan and by Bible Belters as a top candidate for the Antichrist.  Earlier last summer there were the riots in Gezi Square.  Thousands of Syrians and […]

The Trouble with ISIS

A decade ago the Canadian Pakistani Muslim, Irshad Manji, published her controversial book, The Trouble with Islam.  She identified many troubling aspects that people in the West often associate with Islam:  a fundamentalist mentality, literal interpretation of the Quran, patriarchal sexism, anti-Semitism and violent jihad in the name of Islam.  These are indeed troublesome issues, […]