First, the comment.
I'm not linking to any opinion articles about the Pope offending Muslims. Here's why. The Pope is the head of a religion that believes it is the one true faith and all other faiths are wrong. From both a non-catholic and Catholic perspective, what the Pope says about any other religion SHOULD be offensive (non-catholics will likely disagree and should disregard the comments of a man who doesn't speak for their faith, and Catholics should be happy that their leader speaks firmly about what they believe to be the truth). It's preposterous to think that the head of a world religion should worry about offending people of other religions; his very stature and belief SHOULD offend members of other religions. It's not that I oppose ecumenical attempts to help adherents of different religions live in peace together (I am, after all, a pacifist; the idea of a holy war is anathema to me); but until the Pope starts calling for a new Crusade against any particular non-catholic group, by all means, let him rant.
Now, the links.
"Mr. Universe" (Ronald D. Moore)
An op-ed about Star Trek's influence on one man.
"Turkey, a Touchy Critic, Plans to Put a Novel on Trial" (Susanne Fowler)
There's censorship problems in Turkey.
"Say ‘Brian De Palma.’ Let the Fighting Start." (A.O. Scott)
For film buffs.
"India's literary elite call for anti-gay law to be scrapped" (Randeep Ramesh)
Authors and Politics in India.
"Fables of Identity, European and American" (Bill Benzon)
The Valve should be a daily reading source for theory and culture.