Scotland votes on independence from the United Kingdom tomorrow. I’ll be rooting very hard for a yes vote.
The primary reason I strongly support Scottish independence is because it will serve as a beautiful illustration of how civilized unions respond when a geographic territory votes to secede. During all the debate leading up to the [...]
The Association Game: Is this Ukrainian more like Putin or Poroshenko?
Republican water-carriers can smear the Pauls as isolationists all they want: the notion of the US as “world cop” is still neither constitutional nor moral nor practical.
“Higher Values” exploited to Justify Convenient Inaction.
While growing-up in the happy realm of the Soviet Union’s “outer empire”, one was harangued with the assertion that “western decadence” guarantees “final victory”. That trait was attributed to capitalism, which was condemned to death by its [...]
It is unwise, as it might take one toward misleading results, to investigate a case in a manner that limits the inquiry towards one’s first impression.
On the other hand, if it looks like a duck, if it sounds like a duck, if it walks [...]
Comes now to respectful international attention a volume entitled War and Gold: A 500-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt by Member of Parliament Kwasi Kwarteng. This near-perfect volume appears with almost preternaturally perfect timing around the centenary of [...]
It was headlining AOL on Friday, a story about a woman stabbing a schoolteacher to death in front of a class of five and six-year-olds. The gruesome and bloody crime occurred in the southern French town of Albi; the victim was a 34-year-old mother of two.
Jihadism has declared war on all other systems, ways of life and cultures. Ignoring that excuses the momentary denial of the implications. There is a reason; confronting such threats contradicts PC-approved “solutions”.
News suppression is the preferred approach of our political elites who shun the [...]
It’s just been made public that various leaders in the UK drew up plans to equip and train a force of up to 100,000 “rebels” to fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. (That figure of 100,000 Syrian rebels is interesting: the Free Syrian Army only [...]
What’s hard to understand is why almost every time a British national newspaper (especially The Independent and The Guardian) publishes an article about some Muslim-related issue (say, the Islamisation of schools or, way back, the Danish cartoons) it either quotes the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) or [...]
The level of visceral hatred in Roshan Muhammed Salih’s article, ‘I hope Italy stuffs England at the World Cup’, is disturbing. There’s enough hate in it to make a Muslim want to become… well, a terrorist. That hatred is very much like that of MPACUK’S Asghar Bukhari; [...]
Richard Adams (TheGuardian‘s ‘education editor’) sort of gives the game away when he says that the “Trojan horse affair” has “race” as part of its “Birmingham-sized bundle”. (In his article: ‘Is the Trojan horse row just a witch hunt triggered by a hoax?’) Apart from the fact [...]
Something remarkable is taking place in our mother country. Late last month, a third party on the right overtook both major political parties in a national election, as significantly more people in England voted for the right over the left. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) [...]
In the UK there’s an organisation, by the name Unite Against Fascism (UAF), which says that its primary aim is to “fight against racism and fascism”. This is what it says on the tin: “We believe that these dangers [“fascism” and “racism”] require a strong and united [...]
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is almost on the verge of toppling a two-party (sometimes three-party) monopoly in British politics which goes back to the 19thcentury.
UKIP – which was formed as long ago as 1993 – calls from a withdrawal from the European Union (EU) [...]
When the “glorious past” attracts in the bleak present.
A madness, thought to be banished into the sealed coffin of bygone times, is reemerging. The returning Dracula threatens the destruction of the procedural order that preventively canalizes conflicts among advanced nations. Some [...]
Putin under pressure, while some concessions confirm that their originator is a fool.
A common gene connects the dominant systems of the past; they were mostly dictatorships. Rarely could a major power be rated, by the standards of its time, as free. Applying [...]
This columnist’s admiration for Senator Rand Paul is driven, in part, by Sen. Paul’s consistent and honorable stand against the “warfare/welfare state.” Rising-star national talk radio host, and columnist, Steve Deace astutely observes in a recent Washington Times op-ed, “he’s the only candidate running that is attempting [...]
Aggression must also have a price.
The Ukraine is one of those places that conventional education encourages the West to ignore. As taught, history and politics can write off a region because it is tagged as “confusing”. All nations are complicated; therefore, that [...]
If you think so, you need to reconsider.
The initial endeavor of newsmen is to “tell all”. Except when the gathering of information imperils the journalist’s life, that is the easy part. Alas, the bare facts get the public bored. By the [...]
As a major power Russia has always had a problem. That problem is its coastline, or rather the lack thereof. Compare it to America and its three coasts, all of which have numerous warm water port facilities, and the problem becomes stark. Russia has a lot of coast, but much of it is either [...]
Past aggression is resolutely fought but the present’s cases are met with restraint.
Much that comments upon Russia’s Crimean adventure is self-serving. Some moves are made to act as excuses to:
(1) Maintain the moral high ground while
(2) A costly response is avoided [...]