Civil Society

Person walking toward large building (© Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty)

Maduro threatens universities’ independence

An attempt by Maduro and his cronies to undermine the autonomy of Venezuela's universities violates the nation's constitution.
Man riding bicycle in front of school (© Michael Fein/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Some U.S. schools have religious roots [photo gallery]

The new book "Faith+ Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows how Americans worship, work and live together. Download the free PDF to learn more.
Bearded man speaking at lectern (© Office of the Iranian Presidency/AP Images)

Even Iran’s president admits Iranian election will be a sham

Iran's regime has barred thousands of candidates from upcoming parliamentary elections. One critic joining the outcry is especially surprising.
People crossing city crosswalk in front of cars (© Roy Essoyan/AP Images)

Iran: A thriving modern society before 1979 revolution [photo essay]

These photographs show how Iran was a thriving modern society before the 1979 revolution. They also attest to Iran's potential to become one again.
People clearing debris from collapsed building (© Julie Denesha/Getty Images)

Humanitarian causes unite people of all faiths

The new book "Faith + Freedom: Religion in the USA" shows the robust and diverse religious landscape in America. Download the free PDF.
Three men seated, raising hands to vote under Venezuela government seal (© Fernando Llano/AP Images)

Why Guaidó’s role in Venezuela’s National Assembly matters

When Venezuela's National Assembly recognized Juan Guaidó as interim president, it was asserting the rule of law over Nicolás Maduro's corruption.
Pictures and candles for a Day of the Dead display (U.S. Embassy Mexico City)

Honoring local holidays is a U.S. diplomatic tradition

U.S. Embassy staff members around the world often join in celebrating local holidays in their host countries, honoring all religions.
U.S. Marine dropping off toys in front of a store for a toy drive (© Sandy Huffaker/AP Images)

Americans give back during the holidays [photo gallery]

Each year, millions of Americans volunteer in their communities to help those who are less fortunate celebrate the holidays.
Ivanir dos Santos speaking during an interview (© Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

A champion of religious freedom in Brazil

Ivanir dos Santos, a Candomblé priest, has championed religious freedom in Brazil for decades. His Afro-Brazilian religion is the target of persecution.