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  • At Least They Have Cell Phones - 9/2/2014

    Over the weekend, I caught some of Raymond Arroyo’s interview with Paul Bremer, George W. Bush’s envoy to Iraq after our invasion.

  • How to Deal With Hostage Takers: Soviet Lessons - 9/2/2014

    The recent videotaped beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the bloodthirsty savages of ISIS bring to mind a story which took place in Lebanon almost 30 years ago.

  • Stereotyping Europeans (I): Poland - 8/30/2014

    Having turned 60 last month I should start taking stock of my life, making the reasonable assumption that the best is behind me (infantile baby-boomer assertion that “sixty is the new forty” notwithstanding).

  • A Europe of Mohammeds - 8/29/2014

    According to Norway's The Local English-language news website, Mohammed became the most common male name in Oslo, surpassing Jan and Per, which are in the second and third spots respectively.

  • ‘Bless You’ Banned in Georgia College - 8/27/2014

    Last week I blogged about a Tennessee high-school classroom banning students saying, “Bless you!” Now the repression has spread to college.

  • Nations at Sea - 8/27/2014

    I spent last weekend in Tuscany in what was once an abandoned seaside resort, now a glittering showcase for everything that is repugnant about global tourism.

  • A Voice from Internal Exile on the Evil Party, the Stupid Party, and the Futility of Elections - 8/27/2014

    Rabbi Schiller is a staunchly paleoconservative Hassidic rabbi living in internal exile in the manner of Soviet dissidents in upstate New York and teaches at a prestigious private high school in Manhattan.

  • To Defeat the Islamic State - 8/26/2014

    The decisions that determined the fate of the great nations and empires that failed to survive the 20th century are well known.

  • The Madmen of Benghazi - 8/22/2014

    French author and unabashed rightwinger Gerard De Villiers who passed away last fall at the age of 84 was hardly a household name in this country.

  • Race-Based Justice - 8/22/2014

    Among the demands of the "protesters" in Ferguson is that the investigation and prosecution of police officer Darren Wilson be taken away from St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

  • Trouble in Rome - 8/22/2014

    Pope Francis’… election is a compromise which will keep most traditionalists contented, if not exactly enthused, while giving the reformist zealots another decade or so to select a strong, charismatic candidate for their long-planned onslaught.

  • The Recovery That Wasn't - 8/21/2014

    According to economists, the US economy began recovering from the recession back in 2009. However, last week brought further confirmation that there has been no economic recovery for many Americans.

  • Functionally atheist government schools - 8/20/2014

    A couple of times in my writings for Chronicles I’ve mentioned “functionally atheist government schools.” That’s what they’ve been since the early 1960s, when several U.S. Supreme Court edicts effectively banned any mention of religion, or anything approaching religion, from public schools.

  • Confronting the Islamic State - 8/20/2014

    The horrendous murder of James Foley by the Islamic State (IS) is more than just another display of jihadist savagery, reminiscent of the death of Daniel Pearl in 2002. Its strategic purpose is to provoke a wave of indignation at home, and to get the United States directly involved in yet another unwinnable Middle Eastern war.

  • Madame Claude’s Forebears - 8/20/2014

    “She was vicious,” commented the Paris Match journalist Dany Jucaud. “She reduced the entire world to rich men wanting sex and poor women wanting money.”