America Doesn’t Face a Crisis of Faith, but a Crisis of Religion

Jan. 20 2021

According to recent surveys, some 87 percent of American say they believe in God, but trust in religious institutions is at an all-time low, and regular attendance at religious services has been steadily decreasing. Yuval Levin sees these data as suggestive of a broader collapse of faith in institutions, to which he in turn attributes many of our political and social ills. And while many churches and synagogues have tried to fix the problem by “making their religious orders less demanding,” and “emphasizing broad commitments to justice and deemphasizing specific strictures on personal behavior”—thus rendering themselves more attractive—Levin believes that by doing so they only aggravate the problems they hope to solve.

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Understanding Hizballah’s Sprawling South American Crime Syndicate

July 29 2021

Sunday marked the 27th anniversary of Hizballah’s bloody bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which demonstrated to the world the long reach of the Lebanon-based terrorist group. But its presence in Latin America goes far beyond plotting attacks: located on the continent is the heart of its global criminal empire, which Hizballah uses to supplement the income it receives from its masters in Tehran. Emanuele Ottolenghi, drawing on detailed and extensive research, explains the inner workings of the group’s illicit operations, and its recent attempt to relocate networks disrupted by the U.S. and Europe to the tri-border area (TBA), where Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil meet.

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More about: Crime, Drugs, Hizballah, Iran, Latin America