Putin's Calculated Charm Offensive

As Russia’s economy reels from sanctions following its annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine, Moscow is doing its best to undermine European Union solidarity against Russian aggression.

A Strong Currency Helps a Strong Economy

This essay follows on the author’s earlier piece “Managing the Exchange Rate: A Losing Proposition.”

The U.S. dollar has appreciated substantially over the last past years against most currencies. According to the statistics of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the real effective exchange rate of the dollar indicates an appreciation of almost 20 percent between January 2012 and March 2015.

China’s Back to Jerusalem Movement

By Christina Lin

Recently there has been much writing on how Christianity in the Middle East is facing extinction as the scourge of ISIS advances in the region. Titles like “Christianity faces extinction in Middle East,” “Christians Presence in Middle East Threatened with Extinction,” “Is this the end for Mideast Christians?” and others abound in a seemingly hopeless situation.

Religious Freedom vs. Gay Rights in Indiana

The U.S. state of Indiana seldom makes world news. But in recent weeks it drew unwanted attention, including an international campaign to shame, boycott, and sanction the socially conservative “Hoosier state.”