The global landscape today is much more rocky and uncertain than it seemed eight years ago. American forces remain stuck in Iraq, Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons and threaten the stability of the rest of the Middle East, genocide continues in Darfur, and China and India continue to grow rapidly. The way the presidential candidates propose to deal with these issues and the differences of their policies are therefore extremely important. Nevertheless, between insignificant sound bites and the media's focus on menial issues, it has become more and more difficult to figure out the various candidates' positions. A number of us at the Roosevelt Institution, a non-partisan student think tank, have therefore researched the top three Democratic candidates and compiled their views on the most important foreign policy issues facing the United States today. We have looked at each candidate's stances on the Middle East, with special attention to Iran and Iraq; examined plans for dealing with the growing strength of China; and seen how each candidate plans to deal with the crisis in Darfur....
By Vedant Misra
Hindus are a lot of things. There are Hindu monotheists, polytheists, panentheists, and even atheists. There are Hindu monists, dualists, non-dualists, and qualified non-dualists. There are Hindus who identify strongly with terms like these, and there are those who feel strongly that the religion shouldn't be pigeonholed into convenient subdivisions. One thing Hindus aren't, however, is conspicuous....