Last week, Barack Obama gave a speech in Cleveland to a group of Jewish community leaders. Though Marty has already declared Obama Kosher, there are still some rumblings amongst Jews about what an Obama presidency would mean for Israel, as evidenced in a Times piece on Friday. Much of the attacks on Obama in the Jewish community have been outright smears, trying to paint him as a secret Muslim (Hillary, shameless and desperate as she is, thinks she can get away with this mischief herself).
Today, Russia votes for its next president.
Yglesias asks: Will John McCain be asked to specifically denounce each and every white supremacist leader in America who urges his followers to back McCain over Obama? Maybe not--because as I write in our new issue, it's not clear the white supremacists will urge their followers to back McCain over Obama!
Soon after the United States entered the World War in December 1941, Rosie the Riveter appeared in the culture. Millions of women went to work in crucial industrial positions vacated by men who had gone to fight. Hence the legend based in fact. There was a popular song about Rosie in 1942 and a Norman Rockwell (no, not Rockwell Kent) painting of her on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in May of 1943.Now, in Ohio, a poster has been produced with Hillary wearing a a red-and-white polka dot kerchief and a blue work shirt out of which her muscles protrude.
If you are looking for an interesting glimpse into the character of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, you could do a lot worse than Saturday's New York Times story on the teaching of the Holocaust in French schools: President Nicolas Sarkozy dropped an intellectual bombshell this week, surprising the nation and touching off waves of protest with his revision of the school curriculum: beginning next fall, he said, every fifth grader will have to learn the life story of one of the 11,000 French children killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust. “Nothing is more moving, for a child, than the story o
Yesterday Bill Clinton made a totally reasonable argument, one at the core of this primary debate: that the partisan wars of the 1990s were not an aberration but simply the nature of modern Washington politics. Some of Obama's followers believe he can put an end to those fights, whereas Hillary can't. Clinton was arguing that's a naive view of what would happen under an Obama presidency. Fairly basic stuff. To some, Bill seemed to swipe Obama by saying he "literally was not part of any of the good things that happened" in the 90s.
Imad Mughniyah is dead. He wasn't a household name, not even among the crazed Arab throngs who are shrieking for revenge. But he was probably the single most accomplished terrorist in the entire world. Read the coverage of his life-before-death in the New York Times, in Ha'aretz and in the Jerusalem Post to grasp the extent of his bloody achievements. The Times focuses on the blood that he shed of enormous numbers of Americans and the damage he did to American interests.
These are Christopher Hitchens' words in Slate but also my sentiment. I am glad that Christopher admits there is a hell, and if there is one he should admit that it is probably part of God's design. But my point is not theological. It is about history and moral philosophy, about national culture and the legal equality of human beings in democratic societies. Rowan Williams is so alert to official Muslim sensibility that he is willing to submit individual Muslims, hitherto protected in Great Britain against it, to its various caprices and habitual cruelties.
The Archbishop of Canterbury sure did make a mess the other day when he pronounced his divine insight that British law should in some instances defer to Shari'a law.
Yes, I do believe that the moral achievements of Western culture are under siege. And that they are under siege from the extremists of contemporary Islam who are helped by the cowardly moderates of contemporary Islam. In northern and western Europe, for example, once bastions of intolerance, there have emerged patterns of social inclusion of once historically marginal groups. These people are now so integrated into the community that many of them had actually achieved leadership positions in them, and the community itself has the distinctive character of openness and non-doctrinaire liberal