Across the Middle East region, ill winds bring ever-decreasing circles of hope, despite the fact that most indigenous peoples want a decent peace along with their daily bread, says Harry Hagopian. People aspire and pray for peace, but they keep being thwarted by political power plays and vested interests.
David Cameron has said the government's massive cuts will be delivered in a way that “strengthens and unites the country”. His words remind me of his colleague's George Osborne's claim that, when it comes to tackling the economic situation, “we're all in this together”.
When religion is invoked as a reason to stand up against injustice, a cynic might say that religion really has nothing to do with it, that the people involved would have taken the same political action anyway. So does religion really have the power to be an effective force for social change? A brief look at mysticism can help us to answer this question.