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Donald Trump

The Bookworm Beat 9/21/2016 — the “hurry up” edition and open thread

Trump has an ideology and it’s a good one. Trump has an actual plan that explains his appeal. How do I know this?  Because, for unclear reasons, Politico.com decided to engage in actual journalism. Rather than viewing Trump as Satan in the Church of Leftism, Joshua Mitchell, a Georgetown professor looked [Read More]

World

A steep discount on a vividly told war novel — Paullina Simons’ “The Bronze Horseman”

A decade ago, I spent almost ten hours, many of which occurred when I should have been sleeping, reading Paullina Simons’ debut novel, The Bronze Horseman. It’s a historical romance novel, about a young Russian woman and a soldier during the Siege of Leningrad. Although Simons’ approach to the romance is a [Read More]

Faith

Jews and Guns

by Robert J. Avrech Before our son Ariel Chaim ZT”L passed away, age twenty-two, in 2003, we spent a good deal of time discussing the Second Amendment, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Ariel was amazed that so many American Jews–overwhelmingly liberal and secular–aligned themselves with the advocates of gun control, [Read More]

World

Democracy In Action

Although I agree with what I see as the spirit of Dani Rodrik’s New York Times op-ed: We need to rescue globalization not just from populists, but also from its cheerleaders. Globalization evangelists have done great damage to their cause not just by underplaying the real fears and concerns on [Read More]

Middle East

Feel Good Story Of The Week, September 11-17, 2016

By:  Mike McDaniel   Sometimes all the planets align, and in those brief moments of celestial harmony, circumstance, possibility, fate and skill merge, allowing previously impossible moments of natural justice and satisfaction. As The New York Post reports:  A sharpshooter killed a top ISIS executioner and three other jihadists with a single bullet [Read More]

World

Responding to North Korea

In an op-ed in the Washington Post Mike Mullen and Sam Nunn have proposed a multi-point plan for responding to the threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea capable of striking the United States. Among the points in their plan are: Make addressing of the “North Korean threat” a high priority. [Read More]

World

Venezuela: Vatican to mediate talks

El País reports that The Vatican confirmed in a letter sent in August it was prepared to help facilitate dialogue between Venezuela’s ruling party and forces opposed to the presidency of Nicolás Maduro. While the opposition says that “We are prepared to talk with anyone as long as the time [Read More]

Heroes

The Ten Greatest War Movies

by Robert J. Avrech Movies about war are ideally suited to the kinetic energy of motion pictures. The eternal themes of love, courage and loyalty are given full range in the theater of war. Readers will immediately notice the absence of silent films and movies from Hollywood’s golden age. Yes, [Read More]

World

Venezuela: Will China pull the plug on Maduro?

Long-term readersof my blog are familiar with the many times China has loaned money to Venezuela. Back in 2012, I posted that El Nuevo Herald reported Venezuela’s increasingly dependent on China’s financing and direct investments to the tune of US$80 billion. In exchange, China is playing a greater part on Venezuela’s strategic decision [Read More]

Iran

So, how much cash has Team Obama given to the Iranians anyway?

Whatever the amount, understand that people will die because of this horrendously stupid administration and its morally bankrupt actions The $1.7 billion Obama illegally paid to the terrorists running Iran in exchange for hostages is only the beginning of his largesse: Iran may have received an additional $33.6 billion in [Read More]

World

Mexico: Finance minister resigns following Trump visit

Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s Finance Minister Resigns in Wake of Trump Visit. Resignation comes a week after Donald Trump’s controversial visit to Mexico Donald Trump’s recent visit to Mexico, widely seen in the country as a humiliation, claimed a high-profile political victim on Wednesday with the resignation of Finance Minister Luis [Read More]

Politics

Cuba: Guillermo Fariñas is dying.

Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas demands the right to publicly oppose the government without being repressed; he is putting his life on the line in what may very likely be his last hunger strike. He is now on the 49th day of a hunger strike. The outlook for both Fariñas and [Read More]

Obama

Chairman Barack

The Guardian reports that President Obama has “ratified” the Paris Agreement: The United States and China, the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, have announced they will formally ratify the Paris climate change agreement in a move campaigners immediately hailed as a significant advance in the battle against global warming. [Read More]

Donald Trump

Mexico: Media lose their sh*t over Trump

Mexico’s media, which have been taking out the sledge-o-matic and going full Gallagher on Donald Trump, are now in a full-froth frenzy. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had invited both Trump and Hillary Clinton. While it’s possible the Mexican president never expected either to accept the invite, Trump decided to show [Read More]