In an era where presidential candidates are on tour for almost two whole years and thus speak many, many words - much of them superfluous and foolish - we see in Francis' speeches that Words Really Matter. How's that for a new hashtag? #wordsreallymatter.
The annual pilgrimage called the Hajj means many things: it's a religious duty for every adult muslim to perform at least once if he or she is able; it's one of the five pillars of Islam; it's a melting pot of every nation united by one religion; and it is stunning and exhausting.
This happened because it's time for it to happen; this happened because a large group of House Democrats don't think the Iran nuclear deal is the end of what we can accomplish with diplomacy in the Middle East.
The fight against ISIS is not going well. In Iraq, the Obama Administration's declared main theater of the battle, an anti-ISIS military offensive has stalled amid allegations of politicized intelligence.
Let's take a look out how the major themes addressed by the head of the Catholic Church align the most not with any of the Catholic candidates but with the sole Jewish one.
The 92-year-old Kissinger has a long history of involvement in Iran and his recent opposition to Barack Obama's Iran nuclear deal, while relatively subdued by present Washington standards, matters. In it lies a certain irony, given his own largely unexamined record in the region.
As an old Arab saying goes, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." But even though the U.S. and its allies, Russia, Iran, Iraq, the Kurds and Syria all have an urgent need to defeat ISIS, their competing interests make a solution difficult to achieve.
Iranian officials' rhetoric and tone on the Yemen crisis has slightly changed. This change was initiated because of the shift in Iran's foreign policy regarding how to use "diplomacy" and the appropriate wording in order to achieve Tehran's ideological, geopolitical and economic objectives.
The Iran agreement does not offer an indefinite respite. When its restrictions on Iran's capacity to enrich lapse, concern could revive. This long-term problem cannot be solved through coercion or the use of force. It can only be solved by influencing Iran's nuclear decision-making and creating incentives for nuclear prudence.
What started as a civil war in Syria nearly five years ago has now evolved into an international crisis unmatched by any other since World War II. The global community now has a solemn obligation to end this humanitarian disaster, but it cannot do so unless all the powers affected by the conflict set aside their differences.
This is a lead in to the three days of speeches (Friday to Sunday) on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that applies to rich and poor countries alike, hopes to eradicate poverty, achieve gender equality, improve living standards and take action to combat climate change.
As the debate on the Iran nuclear agreement appears to be all but over, President Obama and his backers are claiming a diplomatic victory, while his opposition in Congress are doing everything in their power to stop it.
"That was after my time," Fiorina said. Interesting. First, Redington Gulf was named Wholesaler of the Year for HP in 2003, when Carly Fiorina was very much the CEO. Second, this is a totally different answer than the one she delivered a week ago, to Chris Wallace.
In viewing Yemen as an important battleground in the grander struggle against Iran's expanding regional influence, Saudi Arabia has united with a variety of Yemeni Sunni factions in an effort to crush the Houthi insurgency.
This is not to say we should not have strong convictions. We are a people who argue. We are a people who disagree. But the challenge now is not to let these disagreements tear us apart. They have done too many times in history. Indeed, some of our worst wounds have been self-inflicted.
Four years after Amir has sat behind the walls of Evin Prison, stripped of his dignity, due process, and human rights, he has been imprisoned in Iran longer than any American in history.