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The power of story

As I watch aspects of the modern world crumbling before our eyes (financial system, bombs in Pakistan and yet more famine in the Horn of Africa, for example), I wonder why it is that the most noble of statements of modern history, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, carries so little real power in the minds of the millions and billions of citizens whom it was designed to protect.

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Subversive religion

What's subversive about religion? Well, not much these days, it would seem. All over the globe, religions are formed into power blocs - evangelical Christians and Jews in the US, radical Muslims in the Middle East and South-East Asia, Roman Catholics in part of Europe and South America, and, to a lesser extent, Hindus and Sikhs in India and the subcontinent. It's perhaps easier to see other people's religious beliefs as

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