VEVAK [i] (Farsi: Vezarat-e Ettela’at va Amniat-e Keshvar) is the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (abb.: MOIS) of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Its principal occupation is intelligence, but unlike the CIA—its rough American equivalent—VEVAK also functions much like the FBI; in effect, VEVAK operates very similarly to the Soviet Union’s KGB. Within VEVAK there […]
Faith is a central pillar of most religions. But what does it really mean?
There are those who argue that faith is not a function of evidence or proof. For want of a better description, we could call this ‘blind faith’. There are proponents of this kind of faith in most religions.
‘Blind faith’ is […]
Harvard-law educated author Andrew Thomas has started a new website, Stars & Banners, featuring a focus on ISIS. Check it out and sign up for email updates.
Lately, conservative pundits like Glenn Beck and Hugh Hewitt have been questioning why America seems so apathetic about ISIS. Beck says Americans don’t realize how serious Islamic terrorism has become; we are on the verge of World War III. ISIS has expanded under Obama, even though, as […]
Some time ago I was out with a client here in Houston to rent their property. There were a couple of prospective tenants to visit the house that day. As it happened, the first was a woman of African background wearing robes and a veil. The client, from southeast Asia was not familiar with this […]
Why do you imagine that Obama is allowing John Kerry to make a deal with Iran? I mean, why any deal AT ALL? In Iran right now, our sanctions are making life VERY uncomfortable for people. Many everyday items can’t be found and friends there have told me […]
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2007 over President Bush’s objections.
Almost half the Senate — nearly every Republican — warned the Iranian government in a letter on Monday that if Obama makes an agreement with Tehran, […]
On February 10th, three people were shot to death in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Immediately afterwards, the media starting proclaiming that this was a hate crime, despite the only “evidence” of that being that the victims were Muslims, and the shooter was a Southern white male. Harvard […]
It was a solution right up there with “Let them eat cake.” Addressing the issue of Jews fleeing Europe due to increasing Islamic terrorism and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for them to seek safety in Israel, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” had an interesting solution: “Get to […]
The ancient Greeks were faced with terrorism and slavery from the Persian king Xerxes. Edith Hamilton in her book, The Greek Way (W.W.Norton, N.Y. 1930) explains what they did, how they did it and why it was successful. Revisiting what the ancient Greeks did should renew […]
During the recent Summit on Violent Extremism held in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama said that the U.S. battle against “violent extremism” doesn’t mean it’s a war on the Islamic world and using the words Muslim or Islamic offer the very terrorist group we are […]
For the last several weeks the American and the Israeli national press, as well as the American Jewish press have debated the wisdom of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a joint session of Congress concerning the Iranian nuclear program. President Obama has indicated […]
It was a great pleasure to witness the decisions by the King of Jordan and President of Egypt to enter the fight against the scourge attempting to take over the Middle-East in the name of an “Islamic state.” This is a self-contradicting name. Islam is incapable of […]
“To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and […]
I once met a woman who was born and raised in Iran and lived under the Shah, and later, under Ayatollah Khomeini. I remember how she spoke passionately, in her broken English, about just how terrible the […]
This week marked the 70th anniversary of the allied liberation of the infamous Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. We like to think that society has moved on; that the Holocaust was an atrocity of the past, one that could never be repeated in today’s society. Unfortunately, those […]
On Wednesday January 28th, and Thursday January 29th, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Shultz referred to the Taliban, the enemy we have been fighting for 14 years, and the same group that helped Al Qaeda bring down the twin towers, as an “armed insurgency”. This […]
Well, that didn’t take long. This summer after Barack Obama inexplicably (and illegally) freed five of the Taliban’s most deadly terrorists in exchange for army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, I asked a burning question – a question that remains unanswered: “What will it take for our spineless U.S. […]
It has been some time since I have had the privilege of writing for my devoted readers which must be attributed to my having to dodge the various groups making the Eastern Mediterranean region so dangerous in these troubled days. The proliferation of terrorists […]
In his excellent book Civilization and Ethics, a penetrating analysis of the various religions and philosophies of the world, Schweitzer says this: “In contrast to these monistic-pantheistic world-views, we find a dualistic outlook on life in the religion of Zarathustra (sixth century B.C. onwards), in that of the Jewish prophets (from the eighth century B.C. […]
Advanced societies find it difficult to respond to Islam’s fundamentalists. The credit is not due to the fanatics. Yes, the cards they hold are used ruthlessly and cleverly and they score spectacularly. However, the real super-weapon of the radicals is their victim’s mind-set.
Our professional […]
Over the past several months, we have been exposed to a whirlwind of problems around the globe. From ISIS butchering thousands, to the civil war in Ukraine, to various political scandals here in America, there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the world to explore all […]
In the wake of this week’s State of the Union speech, there were numerous comments by various groups and individuals commenting on the wide range of inaccuracies and outright lies that the speech contained. But one of the most important points was a failure to address the issue of Islamist Terrorism. In fact, signs of […]
Dear French personnes,
I’ve been deep in thought while drinking a Double Ristretto Venti Half-Soy Nonfat Organic Chocolate Brownie Iced Vanilla Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino at Starbucks, and feel like I owe an apology to you people for ditching France last Sunday. I realize over 40 world […]