"We’re talking about the equivalent of a jumbo jet crash every week."
Ten Years After the Tsunami, an Indonesian Couple Says They Found Their Missing Kids. Is It Too Good to Be True?
January 01, 2015
The truth may matter less than it seems.
The "Indonesian Obama" Hasn't Taken Office Yet, and Already His Opponents Have Declared War
October 14, 2014
Does this ring a bell, America?
How did this supposedly transformational candidate let it get so close?
Barack Obama, Supportable and Inscrutable
October 05, 2012
Why are we no closer to understanding Barack Obama?
Dinesh D’Souza’s Dreams of Obama
August 28, 2012
Dinesh D'Souza obsession with Obama's "anti-colonialism" is translating to some surprisingly good box office numbers.
An Islamic Reformer Who Can’t Be Silenced
May 12, 2012
In the April 5 edition of The New Republic I published an essay called “The Thought Police” on Islamist campaigns to suppress independent thinking, as described in a Hudson Institute human rights report by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea. My essay listed a great number of reformers from Muslim backgrounds who have come under threat or have actually been attacked, with the names drawn largely from Marshall and Shea’s study. I mentioned in passing that Irshad Manji, a Muslim writer from Vancouver, Canada, had been threatened.
Obama Plainly Disagrees with His World Bank Nominee
March 23, 2012
Over at The Washington Post, Jonathan Bernstein argues that the Jim Yong Kim nomination for World Bank president is (for liberals at least) a pleasant byproduct of having a Democratic president: It’s very difficult for me to imagine John McCain, had he won the presidency — or a President Mitt Romney, for that matter — reaching out beyond the usual bankers and recycled government officials to choose someone like Kim. But it’s not at all hard to picture Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden or Chris Dodd picking him. Presidents don’t make these types of picks on their own.
Broken Promises: How Obama’s Immigration Failures Have Put a New Jersey Community on Edge
March 02, 2012
Saul Timisela was supposed to report for deportation at seven o’clock Thursday morning, but he didn’t show up. Instead, he went to the Reformed Church of Highland Park, New Jersey, where, as of this writing, he is still seeking sanctuary. An immigrant who arrived in the U.S. from Indonesia in 1998 after fleeing religious violence, Timisela suffers from hypertension, heart disease, and liver disease. He does not have a criminal record, say advocates speaking on his behalf.
When Does Speaking a Foreign Language Get a Candidate in Trouble?
January 23, 2012
Every four years, it seems, one of the major issues in the U.S. presidential campaign is how many languages the candidates speak, the implication being: the fewer, the better. This year, we’ve seen Newt Gingrich knock Mitt Romney for speaking French, as well as general mockery of Jon Huntsman for his displays of speaking Mandarin Chinese. In 2004, it was John Kerry who was derided by George W.