Why Belonging Somewhere Matters

Aug. 20 2021

To Chris Arnade, one of the greatest divides in American life is not between blacks and whites, rich and poor, Republican and Democrats, or city- and country-dwellers, but between those who feel a sense of belonging and rootedness in their neighborhoods, towns, or communities, and those who feel at ease living anywhere. In conversation with Rabbi Ari Lamm, Arnade explains how his thinking about this subject, along with his work with people struggling with drug addiction, has led him to a greater appreciation of religion. (Audio, 35 minutes.)

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More about: Addiction, American Religion, American society, Atheism

 

Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy