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You should dress modestly (and the standard changes every 100 miles)

What is modest dress? What is indecent dress? It seems that depends entirely on local public opinion, and that opinion can change from one city to the next. In the days before widely-available photos of naked people, the library copy of National Geographic opened automatically to pictures of native women going about bare-breasted. It opened … Continue reading

The Need for a Common Enemy

A recent Al-Jazeera article illustrates the benefits of a common enemy in turbulent times. A small Lebanese village, Shebaa, on the border of the Israel-occupied Golan Heights and Syria, contains all the ingredients for combustion, yet shows no signs of igniting. The population is largely Sunni, with incursions of militant Islamist groups and recently, Syrian … Continue reading