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Entries by Ben Barber from 08/2013

UN Says 30 Million African Girls Face Genital Mutilation

| Posted 08.07.2013 | World

While the percentage of girls being mutilated has fallen somewhat in recent years, the practice remains entrenched in ancient social patterns fueled by superstition.

State Ties Religion to Diplomacy

| Posted 08.21.2013 | World

As religion fuels conflicts in Burma, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere, the U.S. State Department has decided to drop its long-term opposition to religion as part of its diplomacy.

Mormon Show Paints Africa Down

| Posted 08.23.2013 | World

Watching The Book of Mormon recently was an ordeal I had not expected. It's not simply that despite the acclaim it has received -- hailed as greatest...