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Sub-Saharan Africa Is Struggling to Achieve Economic and Democratic Freedom
Daniel Patrick Shaffer, The Daily Signal

Two new reports show that Africa still has significant room for improvement in the areas of economic and democratic freedom.

Francis to Become the First Pope to Address Joint Session of Congress
Michael Gryboski, Christian Post

The head of the one billion-member Roman Catholic Church will address a joint session of the U.S. Congress later this year. For the first time in history, a pope will come before both houses of Congress and give an address to the legislative body.

The Competition Myth
Peter Thiel, Intercollegiate Review

If I could go back and give advice to my younger self, it might be this: Competition is for losers.

The Reality of Persecution
Philip Jenkins, Patheos

Not just were these mass persecutions on exactly the lines that Candida Moss dismisses as mythical in the West, but they were very specifically religious, undertaken by adherents of Religion X because of its theologically motivated loathing of Religion Y.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).

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