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Frank Kaufmann

Citizen based in NY, United States. Joined on Nov 5, 2008
Expertise in Politics, Ethnic cultures, Government, Religion



Op-Ed: Jihad and the path to peace

New York - Religious or not, all people are Jihadis. We battle against that version of ourselves we least admire, and labor, indeed battle with all we can muster to be and become better, step by step, day by day.

Op-Ed: Fear and hope in the American presidential campaign

New York - For good or for bad, we are in an exhilarating political moment . Much informs the intensity and uncertainty of events.

Op-Ed: The decline of religion and the rise of terror

New York City - With all the advances of science and the increasing availability of knowledge, why can we not dissolve or at least lessen the growth of terror and conflict?

Op-Ed: Experts needed to face ISIL

New York - Imagine living on the back end of 150 years of ever-declining respect for scientific knowledge. Imagine living in a time when people who hold scientific views were looked down on as superstitious.

Op-Ed: Pesach and Easter in a torn world — In praise of Faith

New York - Like us all, every religious and spiritual tradition has its most beautiful part. Every religion and faith has parts that feel like young love, that part of the greater story that has no shadow, no shame, nor apology.

Op-Ed: Religion and the war against ISIS

New York - Stomach turning levels of barbarism perpetrated as religiously sanctioned behavior have changed the rules on public conversation about religion in media and the public square.

Op-Ed: Are the Paris massacres religious?

New York - Some human beings are violent. Some are religious. Some are one or the other. Some are both. Some are neither. Is there such a thing as religious violence per se?

Op-Ed: Why religious conflict persists

New York - Interfaith activists tend to focus on the inner makeup of faith and dialogue needed to work effectively for interreligious peace.

Op-Ed: Religious dialogue should produce good results

New York - There are people who go to church and other places of worship all their lives, every day or every week, practically without exception.

Op-Ed: The Islamic State — Obama follows W’s lead

New York - There is a residual anti-”Christian West" dimension to the “Muslim” narrative in many parts of the world, including among a great many Muslims enjoying the “freedoms” and social benefits guaranteed residents in Western “democratic” lands.

Op-Ed: Interfaith and extremism: IS, Mosul, Gaza

New York - There are intensely anti-human, anti-God forces in current news. Human horror is being perpetrated in the name of religion.

Op-Ed: America's Broken Politics

New York - America’s two party system is broken, has been for some time, and continues without interruption to show ever more clearly that this is so.

Op-Ed: Fixing Geneva II, Syrian peace talks

New York - The international war being waged inside of Syria has created a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions. Estimates of numbers killed in the war since March 2011 range from 94,000 to 130,000.

Op-Ed: America in 2014

New York - Nations, like people, are full of flaws and inadequacies. On the bright side though, we believe that we can improve if we try. Nations are also like people when it comes to the habit of mind that thinks "things were better back when."

Op-Ed: On the Geneva, Iran nuclear accord

New York - The November 24 "interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear program" reached between Iran and what is called p5+1 is important. And what happens now is important.

Op-Ed: Conditions not ready for Kerry's Geneva II Syria Peace Talks

New York - Beautiful Syria, home of some of the West’s most sacred roots is now an ugly thing. Its long running civil war has claimed over 100,000 Syrian lives , has created millions of refugees, and has ravished treasure never to be part of our heritage again.

Op-Ed: Omar Hammami, American born jihadi — Is he dead?

New York - Alabama born Omar Hammami, who traversed the course from High School president to Somalia based Al Qaeda operative may have been killed by his former allies.

Op-Ed: The United States should not bomb Syria

New York - We now begin the week in which we will be dragged into President Obama's, and a compliant media's push for more US military interventionism and adventurism.

Boko Haram, gruesome violence in Northern Nigeria

New York - New, more gory details have emerged in what was reported first as the killing of 35 Muslim worshipers and the wounding of 14 last week in the town of Dumba village in Borno State, Nigeria.

Christchurch unveils cardboard cathedral

New York - A new architectural wonder was unveiled in Christchurch, New Zealand this week. Though grand, its delight lies more in its underlying simplicity.
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