Chronicles Magazine November 2013

  • VIEWS

    Moderate Islam?

    “Teachers who teach Western education? We will kill them! We will kill them in front of their students and tell the students to henceforth [sic] study the Koran,” declared Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram,...

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  • REVIEWS

    A Highly Acceptable Man

    Robert George's overall views are the least substantial aspect of his thought. They are very much like those that emerged in the wake of the 1960’s among the people who became the first generation of neoconservatives.

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  • Perspective

    Answering Islam

    According to President Obama, “Islam has always been part of America . . . American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.” This is a preposterous lie, though a President who knows so little of our history can be pardoned...

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  • NEWS

    Syria: Too Much "Intelligence"

    Every schoolboy knows nowadays that the headquarters of the Russian secret service, the FSB, is just outside the Moscow ring road by the Warsaw Highway. After Mr. Snowden’s revelations, secrecy as well as privacy seems to be becoming history...

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  • REVIEWS

    One Big Thing

    Devouring Freedom is substantially a useful history of the spending wars between America’s two main political parties since 1932, culminating in the years since 2009 when Barack Obama became president of the United States.

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  • IN THE DARK

    Attachment and Loss

    Grim. That’s the first thing to say about Woody Allen’s new movie, Blue Jasmine. The second is that its lead, Cate Blanchett, gives one of the best performances by an actress since Vivian Leigh played Blanche DuBois in Elia Kazan’s 1951...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Nidal Hasan's Rivival

    When Nidal Hasan arrived at the Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas after receiving his death sentence on August 28, he was wearing an Islamic beard. The Koran is sketchy on the exact requirements for facial hair, but many imams, past...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Reason and War

    Unlike most reviewers, he concentrates (at least this time) on the plot, theme, historicity, characters, and atmosphere, instead of the usual pointless ramblings about the previous work and personal history of the director, or technical trivia...

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