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Stereotypes Are Poisoning American Politics
William R. Easterly, Bloomberg View

J.D. Vance calls on Appalachians to alter a “culture that increasingly encourages social decay.” To what Central Committee on Appalachian Culture is he appealing?

Vatican official: Religion in public has never been more at risk
Elise Harris, Catholic News Service

Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, Under-secretary for relations with the States, warns that Western nations face a new type of oppression meant to eliminate religion from public life. “To act and speak out publicly as a committed Christian in one’s professional life has never been more threatened,” he said.

Aleppo sold out by the ‘human rights’ community’s moral hypocrisy
Michael Rubin, The Hill

What the world now witnesses in Aleppo was never supposed to happen.

Kidnapping for ransom works like a market. How it is organized is surprising.
Anja Shortland, Washington Post

Here is why kidnapping involves some tricky business relations, how private sector institutions work to resolve them and why governments have a harder time preventing kidnapping from escalating.

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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).