Few artists remember Syria's Christians

by Marisa Martin -- While the West turns its bored gaze away from global Christian holocausts, a handful of diaspora artists attempt to catch our attention and move our hearts. One of more…

Superheroes moonlighting for Islam

by Marisa Martin -- More proof that most modern "comics" are anything but comical come in the form of their newest Islamic promotional efforts. Marvel Comics presents Kamala Khan, a 16 year-old more…

The tragedy of Japanese 'water babies'

by Marisa Martin -- Japan: Land of manga, gold-plated Buddhas, robotic romance ... and Rachel weeping for her children? I could have sworn that was from another religion and a foreigner's book. more…

Graffiti evangelist

by Marisa Martin -- What's a nice pastor like you doing with neon spray paint and a bandana over your face? Half the world may have wondered how Cameron Moberg managed to more…

The joy of 'snark'

by Marisa Martin -- Snide + Remark ="Snark" As a contemporary tag for sarcasm, 'snarkniness' is one of mankind's most valued attributes. You can't keep up a conversation for long without just more…

After 70 years, honoring 'righteous Gentiles'

by Marisa Martin -- Poland commemorates Yom Ha'Shoah (or Jewish Holocaust) at a variety of memorials on April 16. Some of these are in construction, new this year or under fierce debate. more…

Turkish artists battle President Erdogan

by Marisa Martin -- Taking a break from arresting people, denying human rights and declaring himself Caliph of the Universe, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had to eat a little unexpected crow. more…

Advertising kingdom come

by Marisa Martin -- Precious few earthlings, from Borneo's Kayans to the Inuits, fail to recognize Nike's omnipresent "swoosh" icon by now. It's a corporate branding dream and only a lofty few more…