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A day in the life of the Promised Land. Palestine travel poster, detail, 1898. From The Orientalist Poster, by Abderrahman Slaoui.

Letter from Israel

Of words and wounds in the Promised Land.

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection

Losing Their Religion?

The Salvation Army has been taking money from the government for years. But at what cost?

"He could no longer be certain whether he was a man dreaming he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was a man."

Persistence of Memory

Can we mourn for those who aren’t dead?

Artist's rendering of the proposed national German Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

An Immodest Proposal

The Berlin Holocaust memorial threatens closure for a wound the author wants to remain open.

Killing the Buddha

Silent Prayers

Why the state should not pray on September 11th.

The Tribute in Light

Unbearable Lightness

Lingering ghosts and bright ideas at Ground Zero.

Carlo Giuliani

Free Market Martyrdom?

A death in Genoa raises the stakes in the contest between two theologies of globalization.

Oklahoma City

The Joy of Dissent, or Why I Miss Fundamentalism

Timothy McVeigh and the impossibility of transcending the market.

Some taller than the Statue of Liberty, stone Buddhas have stood watch over the Bamiyan Valley for over 1500 years.

Taliban Kills Buddha

Islam takes on Buddhism in Afghanistan. A nervous art world attempts to referee. Buddha laughs.

Killing the Buddha

The Divine Economy

Faith-Based Initiative: “Will religion rule the White House, or is Bush offering an IPO of the Lord?”