Pope Francis condemned the actions of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying that persecuting Christians and other minorities “seriously offends God and seriously offends humanity.”In his weekly Sunday blessing, Francis said the news in Iraq “leave us in dismay and disbelief,” citing “thousands of people, including many Christians, driven from their homes in a brutal […]

There is more at risk than oil in the middle east. It is unsurprising that public opinion in the US and elsewhere, resents the notion that we should engage with the politics of the Middle East and beyond. Recently, the Ukraine has served to push the Middle East to the inside pages, with the carnage […]